Harold McCleese, 77

Harold  McCleese, 77, of Wabash, died at 11:25 a.m., Friday, Jan. 13, 2017 at his home. 

He was born April 20, 1939 in Vanceburg, Ky., to Russell and Margaret (Sparks) McCleese.

Harold married Lora Lee Dials on Oct. 22, 1994, in Wabash.  He was a member of Christian Heritage Church, in Wabash.  He loved watching “Gunsmoke,” and Christian channels.  Harold enjoyed going out to eat and was a wonderful cook.  He especially loved his grandchildren. 

He is survived by his wife, Lora Lee McCleese of Wabash; two daughters, Theresa (D.J.) Callahan of Hazard, Ky, and Christina (Nate) Lawyer of Hixson, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Charlene Griffin of Mishawaka, Anthony Griffin of Roann, Kayla Wicker and Conner Wicker both of Hazard, Cody Lawyer of Hixson, and Christopher Lawyer of Fort Wayne, two brothers, Clayton McCleese of Warsaw, and Marty (Nancy) McCleese of Morehead, Ky; five sisters, Irene McCleese of Morehead, Helen (Roger) Wood of Peebles, Ohio, Freda (Gary) Plank of Vanceburg, Ruth McCleese of Versailles, Ky., and Linda McCleese of Erlanger, Ky.  He was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Hobert McCleese, Billy Joe McCleese, and William McCleese.

Visitation and funeral services were Tuesday, Jan. 17, at Christian Heritage Church, 2776 River Road, Wabash, with Pastor Tim Prater officiating. 

Burial was in Memorial Lawns Cemetery, Wabash. 

Preferred memorial is Christian Heritage Church.

The memorial guest book for Harold may be signed at


Posted on 2017 Jan 17