Ret. Col. Dr. Robert McClanahan, Jr.

Ret. Col. Dr. Robert Leonard McClanahan, Jr.

Wednesday, January 23rd, 1929 - Monday, December 16th, 2019
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Retired Col. Dr. Robert L. McClanahan, Jr., 90, of Salem, Va., passed away peacefully at his home on December 16, 2019. He was born on January 23, 1929, to the late Mamie Bartley and Robert L. McClanahan, Sr. in Buchanan Co., Va. He attended the Virginia Military Institute at the age of 16 and enlisted in the U.S. Navy for a two-year tour of duty. After his time in the Navy, he attended and graduated from Virginia Tech University. After graduation, he attended the former MCV (now VCU) School of Dentistry in Richmond, Va. While in dental school, he enlisted in the U.S. Army Reserve. He moved to Salem in 1958 with his family and began his dental practice. He was an avid fisherman, Master Gardener, reader, and faithful Rotarian with nearly perfect attendance for 30 years. Dr. McClanahan was also very active in St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Salem, especially with the Boy Scouts and community service projects through the church. “Bob” adored his family, as well as the Virginia Tech Hokies! In addition to his parents, he is preceded in death by his brother, “Ed”; and sister, Lee.
He is survived by his loving wife of 67 and one half years, Gerry; children, Beth Ledwith and husband, Kevin, Robert McClanahan, III, Meg Robertson and husband, Tom; grandchildren, Andrew, Brian and wife, Jess, Casey, Sarah, Will, Michael, Alex, and Isaac; great-granddaughter, Nora Lane Ledwith; sister, Donna Andrews; and sister-in-law, Mary K. McClanahan.
Friends may visit with the family from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 19, 2019, at the John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home in Salem.
A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, December 20, 2019, at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 42 E. Main St., Salem, Va. 24153, with The Very Rev. Fr. Robert E. Brodie and The Rev. Robert Copenhaver officiating. Inurnment will follow at the church columbarium where military honors will be rendered by the U.S. Army Reserve.
The family wishes to extend special thanks to Fr. Brodie, Dr. Fintel, Dr. S. Harris and his staff, and the staff of Good Samaritan Hospice.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you honor Bob by making a donation to a charity of your choice.

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Service Details

  • Visitation

    Thursday, December 19th, 2019 | 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    Thursday, December 19th, 2019 6:00pm - 8:00pm
    John M. Oakey & Son Funeral Home
    305 Roanoke Boulevard
    Salem, Virginia 24153
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  • Memorial Service

    Friday, December 20th, 2019 | 2:00pm
    Friday, December 20th, 2019 2:00pm
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church
    42 East Main Street
    Salem, Virginia 24153
    Get Directions: View Map | Text | Email
    The Very Rev. Robert E. Brodie
  • Interment

    Friday, December 20th, 2019 |
    Friday, December 20th, 2019
    St. Paul's Episcopal Church
    42 East Main St
    Salem, VA
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Flossie Yates

Posted at 10:47am
My mother, Flossie Yates, went to high school with Bob. They were at the 50th high school reunion together. Mom will be 93 in Mar. and lives in Buchanan County. God bless you all, our God of comfort.

Sue Banner

Posted at 05:01pm
Gerri and family. I'm so sorry for your loss. I worked with Dr Mac for 17 years and always enjoyed his quiet and professional demeanor. You have so many years of wonderful memories and I feel very blessed to have know you and your family. One of my fondest memories is of him loving my hotdog chile. Much Love ~ Sue Banner

Pam Rhodes

Posted at 10:00am
I don’t know where to start but; for over a decade I was head to head and shoulder to with Dr. Mac as his assistant at Dental Associates. Every day was an adventure of learning and usually entertaining as we would banter between patients or read his books. I was frightened of working in that environment and it came to be the best work relationship of my life. He constantly encouraged me to get more education and after his retirement it took me awhile but; I completed my degree in Fine Art at Hollins and ventured a different path. Dr. Mac was without question one of the finest gentlemen I’ve ever known and he and his family a blessing to my life. While working at VWCC he and my Pat continued to see each other for lunch often. Probably hotdogs! Pat went ahead of him to heaven last year and if there are hotdogs in heaven they will find them.
God speed, and love as you enter this next time of life.
Much love, Pam
Pamela Painter Rhodes

Tammy Riddle

Posted at 08:52am
In loving memory of Dr. Bob. Love to you all, Kim & Phillip Wheeler and Tammy & Scott Riddle.
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Wade and Lisa Trump

Posted at 07:15am
We are praying for you all as you remember this wonderful man! Love the Trump family
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