John Frederick McClenahan
1945 - 2020
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March 3rd, 1945 January 1st, 2020
On Wednesday, January 1, 2020, John Frederick McClenahan, husband and father of two, passed away at the age of 74. John was born on March 3, 1945 in Wichita, KS to Fred and Sylvia McClenahan. On August 11, 1972, he married Elizabeth Anne Ross. They raised one son, Ross and one daughter, Sarah.
John was passionate about Colorado history, loved steam trains, and was an avid antique and postcard collector.
John was preceded in death by his parents, Fred and Sylvia. He is survived by Elizabeth, his wife of 47 years, his two children, Ross and Sarah, and six grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.

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Published in The Gazette from Jan. 11 to Jan. 15, 2020.
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January 12, 2020
The sound of the steam engines of Colorado's storied Old West past are now silent. Yet, John was not silent about his passion for the Colorado Midland Railraod and many others.

It was John who brought me into the fold of his love for not just the old steam engines, but all aspects of Colorado's storied history.

Like the railroads of the past, today there is another silence - the recent passing of my long time friend of 55 years.

I already miss our decades of conversations, trips to ghost towns, sharing a pitcher of Coors beer at Giuseppe's and the sharing of our personal aspirations.

Thank you John for bringing me along for the ride.

Now, I see the train conductor's watch indicates it is time for another generation to follow your passionate steps.

"All aboard" for those to come - to enjoy, observe and learn about Colorado's history as John shared with me and others.
Art Barr jr,
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