Chester H McClure
September 1, 1927 – June 28, 2020
Devoted husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend to all.
Chet passed away on June 28, 2020 in the city of Riverside. Chet was born September 1st 1927 to the late Humbert Young McClure and Esther May Black in Joplin, Missouri. He was proceeded in death by his wife Leolyn Fern Fearr McClure, his siblings Kenneth Young McClure, Katherine Grace Kelly and Alberta Louise Wolter. Chet is Survived by his four children with wife Leolyn, Patrick (Michelle), Shannon (David) Osborne, Michael (Amy), and Sean (Laura); his thirteen grandchildren, Justin (Holly), Molly (Paul) Casey, Timothy, Lauren (Erik), Sasha, Taylor (Sergio), Tawny, Michael, Tanner, Kelsey, Kevin (Charina), Tre, and Cassidy; and his nine great-grandchildren, Cierra, Sean Michael, Cruz, Sophie, Ryan, Xavi, and Helios, Dillon and Apollo.
Chet and Leolyn were married for 67 years and raised four children. Their marriage should be a testament to all as they felt marriage should be built to be strong and to withstand the test of time. Chet thrived on making his wife happy and making sure she was never lacking. They raised their children in Sylmar, California before moving to Norco, California on Leolyn’s birthday on July 26th, 1986. Many grandchildren have since run through their home leaving a mark. They were proudly bragged about on every wall, with gifts being displayed, greeting cards laid out and art/school projects shown proudly. Not only did Chet and Leolyn have their biological family, but every once in a while someone would come along, and they would become an immediate part of the family. From then on there was no questions about it, you are family and will always be a McClure.
Chet worked as a Teamster for about 43 years driving a water truck. He believed that hard work was incredibly important and would do any job to ensure that his family had everything they needed. He had an unstoppable work ethic, which he instilled and passed on to his family. He took great pride in his work. He did enjoy a good time when the workday was over. He would sometimes spray the neighborhood kids with his water truck and put on a little show for them to enjoy. Once retired, he became a full-time grandpa with a never-ending honey-do list. He would not have wanted it any other way. You could often find him in the garage fixing/building things and having his “union meetings” with his neighbors, family and friends. Both Leolyn and Chet were hands on grandparents. They played an active roll in the lives of their grandchildren. Marking on their calendar’s sports events, awards, birthdays, family dinners and sleep overs. They truly taught their grandchildren the meaning of love.
Chet and Leolyn also loved to get away to places like Carpinteria, Silent Valley, Dana Point, Crestline and Catalina. Normally with a grandchild or two in toe. Their 50th wedding anniversary was celebrated in Catalina. The happy couple took their family and friends to celebrate their beautiful journey. Showcasing again their deep love for one another and setting an example for everyone else.
Chet will be remembered by how truly kind he was, and how he had a heart to help anyone and everyone. He could make a friend with anyone and almost always did. Many will also remember him for his child like sense of humor. He was loved by so many and will truly be missed. Services for Chet will be held on July 7th, 2020 at Pierce Brothers Crestlawn Mortuary in Riverside, California at 11:00am via Live Stream. Graveside service will take place immediately after at 12:00 pm where he will be laid to rest next to his love, Leolyn. A reception will follow at The Farm in Norco, California. Please inform family if you are able to attend the reception so that social distancing can be implemented to ensure the safety of all in attendance. Feel free to also reach out to Chet’s family prior to the service date if assistance is needed with locating the livestream. The family would love for everyone that loved Chet to be able to celebrate his life, whether it be in person practicing social distancing with a mask or virtually. A man who gave so much love deserves to be celebrated. Please bring your memories and smiles to honor the great man.
Chester H McClure
July 8, 2020
Chet and Leolyn were the first neighbors to welcome us into their neighborhood back in 2003. We will always remember them driving by, very slowly, watching all the work we were doing to our new house. Of course they would stop and give their seal of approval. Chet and Leolyn loved each other so much and we admired their love, friendship, and respect for one another.
We will miss Chet driving by and honking at us. Yesterday, the day of his funeral, every time his son and granddaughter drove by, they would honk. Please continue to honk, it makes us think that your folks are still saying hello everyday.
We like to think of Chet and Leolyn dancing under the stars and catching up on the old times. Again they are admiring each other with the twinkle in their eyes and love for one another. Dance the night away. You are both missed and loved, but best of all, you are together again.
July 7, 2020
July 7, 2020
I met Grandpa McClure about 23 years ago, I think I was 11 years old. My sister (Holly) married his grandson (Justin). I grew up with the McClure family and I always loved what wonderful people Grandma and Grandpa McClure were. No matter how many years would pass between us seeing one another again they would never forget me or my kids. They always made it feel like no time had passed. Grandpa McClure always treated me like one of his own with his love, his jokes and always a good conversation. Grandpa will be forever loved and missed. Thank you McClure family for sharing this wonderful man with me. Love to you all and I send my deepest condolences.
July 7, 2020
We were neighbors in Norco for 8 years. I would check on you at least twice a day. I would visit you in your garage, or you would cross the street and visit us often during late afternoons. We enjoyed conversations, bounced ideas off of you, followed your lead, and did many things just like you did. You were a kind friend willing to chat and lend a hand whenever needed. You were an inspiration, and brought meaning to our lives. For now it is 10-4 my friend. You are incredibly missed.
July 7, 2020
Grandpa will be remembered as the toughest guy on the block, the guy who took your nose from you, and someone who enjoyed some of the finer things in life such as sardines and crackers. Also, don't forget about going out for a Costco hotdog! Grandpa was a big shot in which everyone in town knew him by name. This wasn't by coincidence, he treated everyone like a close friend. It didn't matter who you were, he was bound to start a conversation with you. More than anything he will be remembered most for enjoying life and making everyone's life around him a little brighter.
July 7, 2020
Chet was a wonderful man with a big heart of gold. My best memories are of him laughing and brighten everyone’s
day. ❤️ God bless
My love and sincere condolences
July 3, 2020
We were so lucky to be your neighbors in Norco for 32 years. You were the rock of Rim Crest Dr. You’d holler at speeders on our street bcz there were so many kids around, you always had a smile, a chuckle and good advice! You showed by example the way to treat people. Never unkind word came from you. You treated everyone with kindness. Thanks for watching out for me when D was on duty! We’ll always hear your laughter.
Rest In Peace
You are forever loved and missed
July 3, 2020
I still remember the first day I met dad. I was sitting out side with my parents and he and leolyn walked over to see my parents. They said why are you home on a sat. Well we had all just moved in to the neighborhood and no one new anyone yet. They said you should meet our son. So I said ok. Sean called 30 years later here we are. I have always loved being part of this family. I loved that I got to spend the last 1 and a half years with you everyday. You will be truly missed.
Love Laura (Daughter in law)