Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Keith Eugene McClain, 86

| May 17, 2021 3:16 PM

On Monday, May 10, 2021, Keith Eugene McClain, loving and caring husband, father and grandpa, passed away in Ronan at age 86. Keith was born May 4, 1935 in Gaylord, Kansas to Henry and Faye (McCoy) McClain.

Although not a born-native Montanan, Keith embraced Big Sky Country as his home; he enjoyed all but the Montana winters. On October 31, 1951, Keith married his sweetheart of 69 years, Melva June Nebecker. They raised three boys, Hank, Randy and Brett.

Keith worked for the state of Montana as a bridge inspector for many years, but his greatest passion was working side by side with June, whether it be woodworking or at the cherry orchard in Bigfork. Keith spent his final days caring for June, his sweetheart, until his passing.

Keith was preceded in death by his beloved son, Randy.

He is survived by his wife, June; sons Hank (Mardia) of Clinton and Brett (Shelly) McClain of Helena; five grandsons, Seth, Brandon, Ryan, Bo and Dylan; two granddaughters, Jessica and Trisha; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Keith liked things simple; his wishes were cremation with no services. The family will have a celebration of Keith’s life at a later date at the cherry orchard. Memories and condolences may be sent to the family at

Arrangements are under the care of Shrider – Thompson Funeral Home.