Richard McClellan

Richard Warren McClellan

April 8th, 1943 - March 12th, 2020
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Richard Warren McClellan (April 8, 1943 – March 12, 2020)

Rick McClellan, our gentle giant passed away peacefully in his sleep March 12 with his wife, Nancy by his side. He entered joyously into the presence of his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Rick had a rare form of chronic Leukemia, which advanced to Acute Leukemia following several health issues.

He was born in Salina, Kansas to Elizabeth and George McClellan. Rick attended Kansas State and graduated from the University of Kansas in 1966 with a B.S. in Industrial Administration (Civil Engineering). Upon graduation he briefly worked for Martin K. Eby Construction as an engineer on the construction of Cabin Creek Hydro Electric plant and reservoir above Georgetown, Colorado.

September 1966 he entered the U.S. Navy where he attended Officer Candidate School, graduated and was commissioned as an Ensign, February, 1967.

His first duty assignment was the USS Prairie home ported in San Diego, CA where he served as Communications and Operations Officer.

While in San Diego he met his, future wife, love of his life, soulmate and best friend, all wrapped up in one, Nancy Wells of Decatur, IL.

July 1968 he received orders to Long Beach to the USS Decatur DDG31, a guided Missile Destroyer bound for Vietnam.

The ship returned home three days before his long awaited wedding, March 1, 1969 to Nancy. The ship was met by family and friends concerned if he would make it in time for his own wedding.

After leaving the Navy, Rick and Nancy moved to Colorado where he worked for construction companies including Hensel Phelps Construction on the Kodak plant in Windsor, McStain Corporation and Leach & Arnold in Boulder on infrastructure/utility work.

In 1974 the moved to Glenwood Springs to work with his dad in M & M Construction Company. He purchased the company in 1976 and continued to run it until October, 1999.

Rick was active in Mountain View Church, including a term on the Elder Board. He was past president of the Glenwood Springs Noon Rotary Club, Board of Directors of Northwestern Youth for Christ and an avid hiker with the 100 Club.

Rick loved his mountains, fishing, hiking, camping and ATVing. He loved traveling and also enjoyed winters in Marco Island, FL fishing and enjoying many friends. He adored his daughters and found the greatest joy in his 3 grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents. He is survived by his beloved wife of 51 years, Nancy, daughter Stacy Huddle (Todd) of Colorado Springs and Lori McClellan of Highlands Ranch, his three grandchildren who referred to him as Pumpa, Madeline, Zachary and Chloe Huddle, all of Colorado Springs. He is also survived by his sister Janet Mueller (Fred) of Arizona, and his niece and nephews and many special friends.

Due to the Ban we will be holding a service at a later time; we will post the date and time as soon as we can. For information on the service date and times you can visit the website for updates.

In lieu of flowers please donate to Northwestern Youth for Christ in memory of Rick at P.O. Box 1074, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.
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A service will be at a later time, once the ban is lifted. Please check back here for updates. In lieu of flowers please donate to Northwestern Youth for Christ in memory of Rick at P.O. Box 1074, Glenwood Springs, CO 81602.


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Posted at 06:58pm
Rick and I were roommates at Navy Officer Candidate School (OCS) in Newport, Rhode Island from September 1966 until we graduated on Feb 3, 1967. Despite the everyday pressures we experienced to become a Naval Officer within a compressed timeframe, Rick never got flustered or lost his composure. He was a rock-solid roommate. We kept in touch over the years, from a distance, me being in Texas and Rick in Colorado. Every year on Feb 3rd, he would remind me via e-mail of that day being our graduation date. Except this year; I beat him to the punch in reminding him. He responded while in a hospital with health issues. I loved Rick like a brother, and will miss communicating with him. My prayers are with his lovely wife Nancy (whom I've met and admired), and his daughters and grandchildren. He was a good man and good friend.

Robin Millyard

Posted at 12:07pm
I first met Rick in 1984 during a job interview. While working as a surveyor on a Glenwood Canyon I-70 project being constructed by Centric Jones, I noticed an ad in the paper for an engineering position with the City of Glenwood Springs. I was successful in getting the opportunity with the City. Over the next 15 years, I got to work with Rick and his company - M & M Construction - on a number of Public Works type projects. Rick was always above board in executing the work under those contracts. He was always looking at ways to make improvements in the projects for the sake of making the project better. I remember a water line project that was several years past the warranty period and we were experiencing problems on some of the service lines. City crews were digging a service line to make a repair and Rick happened by and stopped to ask what was going on. He came to my office and said, if we have another problem on a service line on this project, he waned to have his crew come excavate it so he could see for himself what was causing these problems. His company was not obligated to do this work, but Rick and his team wanted to know. We did have another service line problem and Rick did the repair at no cost to the public. As it turned out, the problem was with the copper service lines - there was a manufacturing defect and the pipe developed pin holes where these defects were. I went on to work with the City of Glenwood Springs for 34 years and would consult with Rick about a variety of topics after he halted operations of M & M Construction.

Rick and I both served in the US Navy and had that connection. Serving in the military during the Vietnam conflict was very unpopular, but we both served with honor and were proud of our service.

Rick was truly a great guy - one in a million. Rick was guided by honesty, integrity and compassion. It was easy to always hold him in very high regard. Rick and Nancy were a very inspiring couple and always treated us with kindness. We will all miss Rick immensely.

We will keep your family in our prayers.

Robin & Linda Millyard

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