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McGilley State Line Chapel

12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO

OBITUARY

Theodore Ruffing McClard

March 11, 1938June 27, 2019
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Theodore Ruffing McClard (Ted), was a resident of Overland Park, Kansas at his time of passing. He died peacefully after a courageous battle with Alzheimer’s disease on June 27th, 2019 at the age of 81. Captain Ted successfully completed his final flight with clear skies and some mild turbulence, he had a smooth touchdown in Heaven, a landing that would make any pilot proud. Goodbye and godspeed Dad, we wish you ceiling and visibility unlimited.

A funeral Mass will be held on July 6th in Leawood, Kansas at the Church of the Nativity at 11:00 am. A private inurnment will occur at a later date. Visitation will be on July 5th at McGilley State Line Chapel, 12301 State Line Road, Kansas City, MO 64145, from 6-8 PM. Memorial contributions may be made in lieu of flowers to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.

Ted was born on March 11, 1938 (along with his twin brother, Tom) in Bonne Terre, Missouri to Arlie and Margarette McClard. Later, was raised in Farmington, Missouri on the family ranch, McClard Hereford Farms. He attended the University of Missouri (along with his twin brother, Tom) and was a member of Kappa Alpha Order (along with his twin brother, Tom) and received a BS in Agriculture. Immediately following graduation, Ted (along with his twin brother, Tom) joined the Navy and completed flight training in Pensacola, Florida. A veteran of the Vietnam War, he served 2 tours of duty on the USS Oriskany. During his military career, he was awarded 3 Air Medals, the Navy Commendation Medal, Navy Unit Commendation Medal, National Defense Service Medal and Vietnamese Service Medal. While on the USS Oriskany (along with his twin brother, Tom), Ted flew F-8 Crusaders with over 250 carrier landings using the call name “Super Heat 232.” In 1966, Ted was honorably discharged from the Navy and began his civilian flying career with Continental Airlines (along with his twin brother, Tom—who signed on with Delta Airlines). Over the course of 36 years, Ted flew the following aircrafts: DC-9, 727, DC-10, 707 and 737s. On occasion, after a trip, Ted would remark about being able to chat with his twin brother Tom on the radio while flying their respective flights.

After leaving the Navy, Ted met and married Phyllis Ann Brooke in Denver, Colorado. Over the course of his airline career, the family moved to Palos Verdes, California and eventually settled in El Paso, Texas. After retirement, he enjoyed volunteering with the Daedalians and the War Eagles Air Museum in El Paso, Texas. He enjoyed the simple things in life, his family, friends, his 69 Camero, country western music and a beer by the pool.

Ted is survived by his wife of 51 years, Phyllis, by his daughters, Meg Puente and her husband Stephen, and Kate Carr and her husband Patrick, five grandchildren, PC, Maggie, Teddy, and twins Tomas & Mateo; in addition to Ted’s twin brother, Tom. Ted was also a beloved uncle to a remarkable number of nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his son, Teddy, who died in infancy, his sister, Camille and his parents Arlie and Margarette.

Happy Trails, Captain Ted.

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  • St. Jude Children's Research Hospital

Services

  • Visitation Friday, July 5, 2019
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, July 6, 2019

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Diane Ward

July 8, 2019

I didn't know Mr. Mcclard but it sounds like he was a very interesting man, It is so sad to hear that he suffered from that horrible Alzheimers. God be with his family in their time of loss! I'm from Farmington,Mo. and I saw his obit in the Daily Journal. I just felt like I needed to acknowledge his Life and how much I appreciate his service to the USA.

Jerry Dixon

July 3, 2019

We will all make our last flight west someday. Hope Ted will let me join his Flight when my time comes. Not sure he would he would let a Marine pilot in. I’m glad to say that The McClard family and ours were able to enjoy many years together. We are sending love and prayers to the family. We will miss Ted so very much, he was a great man.

Stephen Puente

July 2, 2019

Captain Ted, my one and only father-in-law- from that first moment meeting Ted and Phyllis in El Paso, given I neglected to ask his permission to marry his eldest daughter- I knew I was on thin ice. 20 years later after many chances to convince him I was the better son-in-law, (its ok Patrick you and I know the truth), I can honestly say its been a smooth flight all the way.

Looking at the many thousands of photos of kids and dogs and soccer fields, it was a pleasure to pick out these photos of Pops, Tomas and Mateo. I never noticed until now what a loving and watchful eye he kept on the boys, be it by the pool or along the river walk- Pops was at the ready.

Wheels down Captain Ted

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