Robert L. McClintock passed away quietly at the Monroe Manor Nursing Home, Paris, after a long illness of pneumonia and influenza leading to congestive heart failure.
Although his birth certificate reads Huntingon, he was born in Hatch, a small settlement, with the help of a midwife (Tillie Hedburg). His parents were Ora L. McClintock and Ruth Greeves McClintock. He was sixth in line of seven with three older brothers, Jewell (Catherine) McClintock, Jasper (Shirley) McClintock, and Raymond Dalton (Merle) McClintock and two older sisters, Floy McClintock Wheatland and Marian McClintock Lightfoot. He is survived by a younger brother Earl (Marilyn) McClintock of Lincoln, Neb. and his significant other of 23 years, Karen Hunt of Monroe City, and numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces and nephews, and great-great nieces and nephews.
He walked a mile to attend Linwood Elementary School for eight years, during which time he gave his life to Christ. He then walked one-half mile to catch a bus to Center High School for two years, and his brother Earl then rented a room in Monroe City and finished high school there. It was at this time he was in the disastrous school shop fire. He pulled Milton Henrix out of the fire. Others were not so lucky. He graduated in 1947 then attended one semester at the University of Missouri. Deciding college was not for him, he went to California to work for his brother in-law. While there he enlisted in the United Stated Air Force where he served three years, ten months and three days rising to the rank of Staff Sergeant at Lakeland Air Force Base and Biggs Air Force base. There he studied radio communications. For recreation he learned to dance. When he was discharged he went home determined to make a living farming. His first year at this he earned $17. He realized if he was going to make money, he had to work for someone else. Illinois Bell Telephone Company of Quincy, Ill. called him and he worked for them as a troubleshooter until he retired in 1985. Illinois Bell presented him an award for perfect attendance for 20 years.
The rest is history. He devoted himself to his cattle ranch which he called the "My Rage Ranch" and patented a cattle brand (which someone stole). He was known as a quiet gentleman, a successful rancher and businessman, and a devoted Christian and he loved to dance, especially the Waltz. He lived by the golden rule and two mottos, "a penny saved is a penny earned" and "use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without!"
Visitation will be on Friday evening, May 3, 2019 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Garner Funeral Home and Chapel in Monroe City. Memorial services will be held on Saturday morning, May 4, 2019 at 10 a.m. at Ariel Christian Church, 45687 Ariel Lane just off Hwy A, SE of Monroe City. A luncheon for family and friends will follow the service, after which his will will be read.