Carl McClellan was known as 'mad mower,' gifted storyteller

Tuesday, October 22, 2013 | 7:58 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Carl McClellan was passionate about his yard and garden. He loved growing tomatoes, and he often spent several hours tending to his lawn.

After mowing his own yard, he would proceed to mow his neighbor's yard.

"The neighbors called him a mad mower," his wife, Connie McClellan said. "He would start mowing and wouldn't stop."

Carl McClellan of Columbia died Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013, at his home. He was 64.

He was born Aug. 1, 1949, in Fulton to William Douglas and Amanda Forsee McClellan.

Mr. McClellan studied at Westminster College in Fulton. He served in the U.S. Army Reserves, and he fought in Vietnam.

Mr. McClellan worked as an insurance agent for Farmers Insurance Group in Columbia.

When Connie Grossarth Hutter moved to Columbia from Illinois in 1978, she wanted to get Farmers Insurance because it had a good reputation in Illinois. She had been in Columbia for two weeks when she met Mr. McClellan.

The two married on May 18, 1982, in Columbia.

Mr. McClellan worked at Farmers Insurance Group for 41 years. He retired July 31.

Mr. McClellan and his wife often played golf and went fishing. The two also loved entertaining and cooking for others.

Mr. McClellan was also a gifted storyteller and joker who had the ability to remember jokes and funny sayings, said Connie McClellan. She said Mr. McClellan could make her laugh and that both friends and family enjoyed his sense of humor.

"He was a really, really good friend to his friends and was very generous," Connie McClellan said. "He was a good provider."

Mr. McClellan is survived by his wife, Connie McClellan, of Columbia; a daughter, Jane McClellan, and her husband, Jamie Bowman, of Canton, Ohio; a son, John Douglas McClellan, and his wife, Chrissa, of Columbia; two sisters, Nadine Gentzsch, and her husband, Bill, and Lois Long, and her husband, J.H., of Millersburg; three grandchildren, Clara Bowman, Maggie Bowman and Kane McClellan; two nieces, Shea Gentzsch and Melanie Czeschin, and her husband, Jeremy, of Fulton; a nephew, Brent Long, and his wife, Tracy, of Millersburg; and four great-nieces and nephews.

He was also expecting a grandchild in February, Connie McClellan said.

His parents, William Douglas and Amanda Forsee McClellan, died earlier.

Visitation will be held from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at Memorial Funeral Home, 1217 Business Loop 70 W . A memorial service will follow from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the funeral home. A celebration of Mr. McClellan's life will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. at a location that will be announced at the services.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Independence Fund at, or to the Carl McClellan Grandchildren College Fund c/o Landmark Bank, P.O. Box 1867, Columbia, MO 65205.

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