Paul Duane McClaflin

May 25, 1942February 16, 2021

Paul Duane McClaflin, 78, of Bettendorf, IA, passed away Tuesday, February 16, 2021.

Cremation rites have been accorded and a celebration of life will be held on Saturday, May 29, 2021, in Scott County Park beginning at 11:00 a.m. Memorials may be made in his honor to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be expressed at

Paul was born May 25, 1942, to Glen and Georgia (Wilson) McClaflin in Runnells, IA. On July 1, 1961, he married Janice Smith in Des Moines, IA. Paul always loved to stay busy working. He first started laboring at a lumberyard in Des Moines where he eventually became a salesman, transferred to Bettendorf, IA, and managed multiple lumberyards. In 1988, he opened his own Truss Manufacturing Company and retired from it in 2009. In retirement, Paul kept himself busy maintaining rental properties. He was known for his ability to fix anything and was an accomplished carpenter.

Paul was very close to his large family and looked forward to yearly reunions. In the last few years he had reached out to every family member to encourage their attendance at the reunions.

Those left to cherish his memory include his beloved wife, Janice McClaflin; children, Michelle (Paul) Gheer and Mitchell McClaflin; grandchildren, Caitlin McClaflin and Tessa Ackerland; siblings, Frances (Tom) King, Jim (Bonnie) McClaflin, and Rex (Julie) McClaflin; sisters-in-law, Marie McClaflin and Ida Carpenter; along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers, Dean, John and Bill; and sisters, Doris and Ramona.


29 May

Celebration of Life

11:00 am

Scott County Park

18850 270th Street
Eldridge, Iowa 52748


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Gary Nelson

February 22, 2021

I worked at Georgia Pacific and I knew Paul as a customer and friend. We had some great times at the Lumberman’s meetings in DesMoines over the years.

William McFarlin

February 18, 2021

My fondest memory of Paul dates back to Valley Drive in DesMoines. Paul and my older brother Max were almost exactly the same age so when we visited the McClaflins, Paul and Max teamed up and poor Jim got stuck entertaining me. The McClaflins had a pony named Ginger. One time, Jim and I were riding the pony. Max and Paul had filled some balloons with water and came out and threw the balloons at us. Poor Ginger did the best that she could to buck and everyone had a good time. Thinking of that day still brings a smile to my face.
My deepest symphony to all of you on the loss of your Husband, Father, and Grandfather. Paul was a really fine man and I will miss him.

Kimberly Cohn

February 18, 2021

Oh how I will miss my Uncle Paul. Your smile was infectious. How I looked forward to our phone calls.

Our heart breaks for his family who will miss him dearly.

With our greatest sympathy,
Bruce and Kimberly Cohn

Gloria Warthen

February 18, 2021

My deepest sympathies go out to Paul's family and fiends for the loss of a much beloved brother, husband, father, uncle and friend. He was just so many things that make a person truly remarkable. I will miss his smile most of all and of course his stories and that booming laugh. May Paul rest in peace and our memories of him bring comfort and solace. Gone way too soon but alive in all our hearts!