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OFFICIAL OBITUARY FOR

Lewis LaVern McEntire

1928 - 2021

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Lewis LaVern “Mac” McEntire Consistency. Loyalty. Service. From his humble beginning (born on a farm east of Industry) to his philanthropic later years, “Mac” was the epitome of a life well lived. 
Shortly after his 1946 graduation from Industry High School, Mac found employment with McDonough Power Co-op as a journey lineman – a job he kept for 42 years. In 1950, he married Nola Rhykerd; they were together just days short of 64 years, until Nola’s passing on June 18, 2014. Mac died exactly seven years later. 
LaVern served the U.S. for two years during the Korean Conflict, and continued to contribute to his community long after his return. He and Nola had two sons (Greg and Gary), and for six years Mac volunteered his assistance at all of the YMCA’s Little League programs. In addition, he acted as assistant Scoutmaster for Troop 309 for over 20 years, shepherding his charges all over the country and even to a World Jamboree in Norway. Additional affiliations included membership in the Masonic Lodge 17 and American Legion Post 6, both of Macomb.  Following his retirement, Mac and Nola began a crusade of generous giving-back to their communities. Among other actions, they endowed seven scholarships for students in fields such as nursing, engineering, dietetics, and journey lineman; and created and funded the Industry Veterans’ Memorial. 
In addition to his beloved Nola, LaVern was pre-deceased by his parents, Roy and Dorothy Morrell McEntire, infant grandson Gregory McEntire, and brother Bradford. Survivors include sons Greg (Eileen) of The Villages, Florida; Gary (Kelly) of Paris, Tennessee; and grandchildren Adam (fiancée Natalia Tami de Paula) of Royal Oak, Michigan; Katherine of Salt Lake City; Kathleen of Naperville; and Patrick (Haley) of Memphis.   
Visitation will be at Clugston-Tibbits Funeral Home in Macomb on Wednesday, June 30, from 9:00-9:45 a.m., followed by Masonic services at 9:45 and funeral at 10:00. Internment will be at Camp Butler National Cemetery in Springfield at 2:00 p.m.
As his last act of kindness for his hometown, Mac requested that, in lieu of flowers, donations be made to his memorial fund for Industry Methodist Church. 
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Joe & Phyllis Davis/NC

July 8, 2021 8:06 PM

To The Family
Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We have known “Mac” for a long time. We have kept in contact with him through many phone calls and visits and just recently; planned to meet with him during this years Macombs  Heritage Days.  We are so sorry for your loss. 
Throughout his lifetime he touched so many lives with his warm personality and generosity. He will certainly be missed. May God bless you

Estelene Bodenhamer

June 22, 2021 2:59 PM

Mac was a close friend of my brother, Bill Black.  He used to listen in to the conversation Bill and I had each morning by CB radio and would sometimes make comments.  When Bill died, he sent his memories of Bill to the family to be included in the funeral services.  I phoned him myself more than once, especially after a visit to Nola.  He might be on his cell phone far away because he did indeed "get around alot."  I was happy to see that he lived such a good long life since several of his friends went on before him and there were fewer people to talk about "the good old days" with him.  Both he and Nola died on my daughter's birthday, so I will always remember when they went to be with their maker and friends who preceded them.  My sympathies to the family and prayer for your comfort.

ANNETTE STANCIU

June 22, 2021 10:25 AM

vERY SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS AS i MEET YOUR DAD BRIEFLY, AS MY SON MITCH WAS AWARDED A LINEMAN SCHOLARSHIP, AND WE WOULD EMAIL BACK AND FORTH FOR AWHILE.  hE WAS A GEM AND IM SO GLAD TO HAVE MET HIM AND YOUR MOM. PRAYERS FOR ALL OF YOU.  ANNETTE STANCIU

Kim Evans

June 20, 2021 6:47 PM

So sorry for your loss, Gary and Greg. Your father was a gem, a wonderful friend to Dad and our family. He will be missed by many.

Steve and Lavon Smart

June 20, 2021 8:57 AM
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