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MCCLAREN, WESLEY JAMES, CAPT., U.S.N., RET.

The Baltimore Sun

Capt. Wesley J. McClaren, passed away peacefully in his sleep on January 13, 2008, in Annapolis, MD, directly across the river from the institution he loved so dearly; the United States Naval Academy. Capt. McClaren was 86 years old at the time of his passing. He was born in the small town of Elmo, Missouri in April of 1921. Capt. McClaren has lived in suburbs of the Washington, D.C., area since 1959. Capt. McClaren is survived by his current wife, step-children and grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife, Barbara Gayle McClaren. He is also predeceased by his mother, father and a brother. He leaves to mourn his passing, a son, Peter Michael McClaren and his wife, Loc, of Springfield, VA., a daughter, Heather Marie McClaren, and her partner, J. Scott Geare of Charlottesville, VA., a former son-in-law, Donald L. Sipes, Sr., one grandson, Donald L. Sipes, Jr.and his fiancM-CM-)e, Amy Gear, a granddaughter, Cheryl Marie Sipes Crouch and her husband David. Wesley was affectionately known as "Grandfodder," to his grandchildren. Capt. Wesley J. McClaren is also survived by five great-grandchildren, Michael and Jennifer Sipes, Brittany, Michael and Olivia Crouch. He is also survived by one great-great granddaughter, Sara Beth Sipes McGuire. There will be a memorial service of Catholic Mass for Capt. McClaren at the United States Naval Academy's Main Chapel on January 24th at 10:30 am. The burial will follow in the Naval Academy's Columbarium at the conclusion of the service. The family will greet friends later at the Officer's Club.

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