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Gorsline Runciman Funeral Homes

205 E Washington, DeWitt, MI

OBITUARY

Robert Dwayne McClean

January 8, 1945February 5, 2020
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On February 5, 2020, Robert McClean passed away peacefully with his wife, Teresa by his side. Born and raised in Lansing, MI on January 8, 1945 to Desmond and Lucille McClean. Bob was the baby brother of his sisters Rose Marie Ryan and Pat Andrews. Bob always said his sisters were the best, and they truly have been throughout his life and during his illness.

Bob graduated from Eastern High School in 1963 and eventually pursued a career in law enforcement and was hired by M. David Burtch Jr., in 1966 with the Lansing Police Department and retired in the rank of Lieutenant after 26 years of service. Not to be idle, Bob moved in 1992 to the City of Montague and became the Chief of Police there until 1996. After leaving Montague to be closer to family and friends, Bob was hired as the Chief of Police in the City of DeWitt and served there from 1997 until he retired in 2004.

Even after retirement Bob kept busy with house remodeling projects and carpentry. He was fortunate enough to travel to other countries with friends and family and enjoyed going on cruises and sitting on the sandy beaches of Florida to absorb the sun.

Bob always had a great love for everything living. Finding all animals and creatures of the earth fascinating. Especially spiders. He always kept a "bug cup" available to capture and release them safely. His dog Squirt was a constant companion for him and was always referred to as his "Squirty-Guy". Bob loved him and his cat Lucy dearly.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents Desmond and Lucille McClean, wife Chris McClean, Brother-in-law, Jeff Ashley and his buddy, Squirt.

Those left to remember his life and memory are his wife, Teresa (Best) McClean, his two sons, Steve (Marisa) McClean, David (Nicole) McClean, Grandchildren, Alex, Colin, Claire, Cora and Ethan. His loving sisters, Rose Marie (Glen) Ryan, Pat (Jerry) Andrews and nieces and nephews. His step children with wife Chris McClean are Angela (Elliot) Woodworth, Andy (Lori) Hemenway, Joe Hemenway and step-grandchildren, Chelsea, Joey, Griffin and Ryan. Bob would also want to recognize his Lansing Police Department family, the best guys ever, who meet weekly at Piazzano's on Wednesday mornings for breakfast and story telling. They had his back.

Special thanks and recognition goes to Gunnisonville Meadows Assisted Living and Michigan Premier Hospice for their excellent team of caregivers and staff. Bob was welcomed with open arms and even though his stay there was short, he was made completely comfortable in his last days. Love to you all!

The Memorial Service in Bob's honor will be at 11:00 a.m., Thursday, February 13, 2020 at Gorsline Runciman Funeral Home, 205 E. Washington Street, DeWitt. Visitation will be at 10:00 a.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Capital Area Humane Society, 7095 W. Grand River Avenue, Lansing MI 48906, in Bob's name.

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Services

  • Memorial Visitation Thursday, February 13, 2020
  • Memorial Service Thursday, February 13, 2020

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Brian Valentine

February 11, 2020

Steve, I'm very sorry to hear of your dad's passing. He left an incredible legacy. God bless.

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Ernest and Toni (Lozano) Garcia

February 8, 2020

We were so sorry to hear that Bob had passed away. Bob and I (Ernie) go back a long way, from our days at Bingham Street Grade School to all the way through Eastern High School. In grade school we both looked forward to recess time so we could go out in the school yard, and play touch football. I always called him "Bobby" in grade school, even through all our adult years. All these years, knowing Bob, I have many memories. But the one I will always remember is playing touch football with him in that grade school yard. We extend our heart felt condolences to the McClean Family. Enjoy your new Heavenly Home, Bobby.

Lorrie Polinkus

February 8, 2020

When I first met Bob as my best friend Teresa’s New man in her life, I found out what a truly good man he was, Gracious and kind and very fun to be around. He played me some tunes on his guitar, and was such a wonderful host to me in their Lake house and cabin when I traveled there to visit Teresa from Washington State. I was so pleased to know he was so good to her. May the Lord bless you Teresa and hold his arms around you right now in your loss!

Joanne Lose

February 7, 2020

What a great guy Bob was, a wonderful addition to our family, a sweet, funny, and compassionate man. He will missed by all who knew him.

Lois Hill

February 7, 2020

Bob and I shared a love of music. We were in Nightwatch together. I loved him. He was a dear, dear friend.

Suzanne Moore

February 7, 2020

May your cherished memories of this great man bring you comfort and may knowing that he is in God's loving embrace give you peace.

Tim Metts

February 7, 2020

A friend to all. I never heard him speak unkind words of anyone. That is how I remember Bob. What a great guy! I will be unable to attend his services but will be with you in spirit. Will see you again at my 10-42.

Kathy Walter

February 7, 2020

What a great guy. Xoxo

RENEE KORREY

February 7, 2020

My dear friend Bob...I am speechless. Your friendship was unconditional, and withstood the test of time. I regret not keeping in closer contact with you because I forget that nobody is promised tomorrow. Trust that times passed but our friendship did not. I will see you again......

Sandy Billingsley

February 6, 2020

Bob was a special boss. I an so thankful that he offered me a job when I needed it most. Bob taught me a lot about law enforcement, and he encouraged me and stretched me to be where I am today. I am especially grateful for the times we were able to get together over the past year. Thank you for the memories and the good times at work. You will be so deeply missed!

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