Patrick William McClone, 80, of Clintonville, passed suddenly into eternal life on March 26, 2011. He was born May 24, 1930, in the town of Deer Creek, WI. He was the son of Francis and Zita (Clegg) McClone. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Mary’s Catholic Church of Bear Creek where he was a lifelong member. He graduated from Shiocton High School in 1948. On June 6, 1959, he was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Gorman at Sacred Heart Catholic Church of Manawa. They celebrated their 50th Anniversary in 2009. Patrick and Mary farmed in the town of Deer Creek. In 1983 the family farm was recognized as a Century Farm. He was always very proud to be referred to as “the Farmer with all the girls”. After his retirement in 1996, he continued to drive tractor on his daughter and son-in-law’s farm. He fulfilled his lifelong dream of traveling to Ireland, the homeland of his ancestors. He enjoyed bowling, dancing, and polka music. He was a member of the Catholic Order of Foresters. He is survived by his beloved family: wife, Mary McClone and five daughters, Mary (Douglas) Behnke of Clintonville, Theresa (James) Voelz of Leopolis, Colleen (Roger Reedy) McClone of Shawano, Ann (Joseph) Bolden of Sheboygan, and Patricia (Michael) Folz of Fond du Lac. He is also survived by 10 grandchildren: Kathleen Behnke, Christa Behnke, Kellie Behnke, Casey Reedy, Holly Bolden, Patrick Bolden, Lance Bolden, Chase Bolden, Andrew Folz, and Hannah Folz. He is further survived by brother in-laws and sister in-laws, Jim and Mary Ann Gorman, George and Rosie Payne, and Ellen Gorman. In addition, he is survived by numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his sister, Suzie Ellen McClone, brother and sister in-laws, Jack Gorman, Eleanor O’Keefe, Dave and Eileen Gorman, and Garret and Edna Gorman. Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, April 1, 2011, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bear Creek, Father Jack Mallarkey will celebrate. Visitation will be held on Thursday March 31, 2011, at Cline & Hanson Funeral Home in New London from 4:00 pm. to 8:00 p.m., a 7:30 p.m. prayer service will be held. Visitation will also be held at the church on Friday from 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.
The family would like to thank Greentree Health and Rehabilitation Center, Arc Angeles Senior Home Care, New London Family Medical Center, and the Clintonville and New London Ambulance services. We would also like to extend special thanks to Bill Spence.