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112 West King Street
P.O. Box 336
Shippensburg, PA 17257
Phone: 717-532-2211
Fax: 717-532-8471
Frank McClelland

Frank T. McClelland

Saturday, February 25th, 1928 - Saturday, October 19th, 2019
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Frank Thomas McClelland, 91, of Fenwick Island, DE (formerly of Shippensburg, PA), quietly passed away on Saturday, October 19, 2019.

Tom was born February 25, 1928 in Steubenville, OH. The son of the late Frank J. (Butch) and Nelle C. Jones McClelland, he was raised in Weirton, WV.

He developed a love of sports at a young age, following proudly in his father’s footsteps. He attended Weirton High School where he played football alongside NFL hall of famer, Bob Gain and under the leadership of the NFL Hall of Famer Clark Hinkle. He had great success in both football and basketball, participating in state tournaments with his teams.

Upon graduation, he briefly worked alongside his father at Weirton Steel Mill before enlisting in the Marines in 1946. While in Parris Island, SC, he found a place for his father’s amateur basement boxing sessions, finding success as a marine boxing champion.

Tom was assigned to duty in Washington DC, where he (proudly) stood guard for president Truman. Recognized again for his athleticism, he was asked to join the marine basketball team traveling around the country playing in amateur events.

While stationed at Eighth and I Street, he met the love of his life, Billie Eyer at a swimming pool. They were married January 24, 1948. He left the marines shortly after to start a family. He returned to Weirton, working once again at Weirton Steel in the strip steel department. Capitalizing on the athletic talent of their newest employee, Tom once again found his place on the WIU Semi-Pro football and basketball teams.

In 1949, he moved his family to his wife’s hometown of Orrstown, PA. He enrolled in Shippensburg State Teachers College working toward a degree in Education. It wasn’t long before the college coaches learned of his athletic talents. He joined the football and basketball teams where he was a Varsity starter for four years. He played tight end and shooting guard for both Red Raider teams. He became the first basketball player in Red Raider history to break 1,000 career points in a single season, as well as setting a new record for most points (46) scored in single game. He was elected as an All Pennsylvania State Athlete during his career in both sports.

After receiving his teaching degree, he was hired as a fourth grade teacher at Bedford North Elementary School, where he taught for two years.

Tom and Billie built a home and life in Shippensburg, PA, where he accepted a position teaching History and US Cultures at Shippensburg Area Senior High School. Coach McClelland led the greyhounds as the head basketball and head football coach for a number of years before settling on coaching one sport, football. Coach Mac led his team through countless winning seasons. Known for his tough, but fair leadership, he influenced many young athletes. Over the years, many reached out to thank him for the impact he had on their lives. He was humbled by these gestures. He retired from coaching football in 1982 with 99 wins and later from teaching in 1985. He was twice chosen coach of the year during his tenure as head coach.

In 1991, he was inducted into the Shippensburg University Hall of Fame for both football and basketball. In 2011, Coach McClelland was inducted into Shippensburg Area Senior High School Hall of Fame in recognition of his years as a coach.

In retirement, Tom signed in at “the Hub City Club” each morning for a game of cards. He spent afternoons on the golf course and weekends at the horse races with his wife (much to her delight). He and his wife vacationed several winter months each year in Florida. Summers were spent in their small Fenwick Island home, where Tom enjoyed taking his friends fishing on his boat.

In 2014, Tom and Billie moved to Delaware to live with their grandson Tom Sites (his wife, Donna and their four children). Tom and Billie enjoyed watching their great-grandchildren on the ball fields, sitting on the porch in the evenings and dinners out with family and friends in Fenwick Island and Ocean City.

Over the years, he has had his share of triumphs and defeats, but his greatest loss was felt this past spring, losing his wife, Billie of 71 years.

Tom is survived by his daughter, Deborah (Rodney) Miller of Lewes, DE, one grandson, Tom (Donna) of Fenwick Island, DE, three granddaughters, Michele Reed of Harbeson, DE, Tara (Matt) Strong of Long Neck, DE, and Natalie (Jack) Lyons of Chambersburg, PA, thirteen great-grandchildren and one great- great granddaughter.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Wilma Lee Eyer McClelland and his sister Paula K. McClelland.

A viewing will be held Friday, October 25th, 2019 from 1-3 pm in the Fogelsanger-Bricker funeral Home & Crematorium, Shippensburg, PA. Tom's funeral service will then start at 3:00 p.m., with the Rev. Harold E. Yeager officiating. Interment with military honors will be held Saturday October 26th, 2019 at 9 am in the Spring Hill Cemetery.
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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Friday, October 25th, 2019 | 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 25th, 2019 1:00pm - 3:00pm
    Location
    Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc.
    Address
    112 West King St.
    SHIPPENSBURG, PA 17257
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  • Service

    Friday, October 25th, 2019 | 3:00pm
    When
    Friday, October 25th, 2019 3:00pm
    Location
    Fogelsanger-Bricker Funeral Home & Crematorium, Inc.
    Address
    112 West King St.
    SHIPPENSBURG, PA 17257
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    Officiant
    Rev. Harold E. Yeager
  • Interment

    Location
    Spring Hill Cemetery
    Address
    114 North Morris St.
    shippensburg, PA 17257
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    Interment with military honors conducted by the Oscar M. Hykes American Legion, Post #223, Shippensburg, will be held at 9:00 a.m., on Saturday, October 26, 2019.

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Ricky David Rhoades

Posted at 09:39am
Coach McClelland was a good man and he helped me out of many jams in high school. He was good coach too, tough and fair. My deepest condolences go out to the Mcclelland family at their loss. We will remember Coach and his family in our prayers.

Ricky D. and Janet S. Rhoades.

Annie Zannetti

Posted at 12:51pm
I will never forget history class with Mr. McClelland. He was a truly wonderful teacher and role model. He made us think for ourselves. His course in AP American History prepared me for college, but not only that, it taught me to use scholarly methods to draw conclusions as well as to see many sides of an argument. Not only was Mr. McClelland a wonderful teacher, he was a gifted storyteller. I will never forget his moving stories of growing up in the steel town of Weirton, West Virginia. Rest in peace, Mr. McClelland! Prayers and condolences to your family and friends. God bless. Annie Forsberg Zannetti (Shippensburg High School class of 1984)

Jeff Ott

Posted at 08:45pm
So sorry to hear of the coaches passing. What I admired about the coach, which unfortunately I was never able to tell him, was his appreciation of what it meant to be a part of a team. He would not let you celebrate on the field of an individual accomplishment. He knew the importance of what it meant to be a team. What he also would not allow is unsportsmanlike conduct. I think of him often when I see nfl players celebrating on the field for what they are expected to do. I pray for comfort for the family at this time of sorrow.
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