William Blair McClurg, 82, passed away and went to be with his Lord on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2013, in Louisville, Ky. For more than five years, Bill courageously battled progressive supranuclear palsy, a progressive form of Parkinson’s disease.
He is now reunited with the love of his life, Jean Lucille Hunt, and loving family members and friends.
Bill was born in Homer, N.Y., to Ruth Cynthia Belden and Dawson Blair McClurg, and was the stepson of Kenneth B. Anderson. Bill graduated from Alfred University with a B.S. degree in glass technology. He served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy on the USS Harkness and was a diving officer in Indian Head, Md. Formerly of Corning/Painted Post, N.Y., he retired to Venice after 35 years of service with Corning Glass Works, including three years as plant manager at Corhart Refractories in Louisville, Ky.
Always on the go, he loved traveling and spending time with family. He enjoyed golfing, fishing, hunting and camping as well as playing bridge and euchre. He was an Eagle Scout and an avid UK fan.
The family is especially grateful to the many caregivers at The Forum at Brookside for their genuine love and care. Per Bill’s wishes, his brain was donated for research to the CurePSP Brain Bank at the Mayo Clinic to help find a cure.
Bill is survived by his brother, Bob McClurg, of Apopka, Fla.; daughters, Tricia (Irv) Hurst and Pam Richardson of Louisville, Ky., Cindy (Peter) Havlik of Tulsa, Okla., and Blair (Doug) Belsheim of Canyon Country, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Services: A family graveside service will take place this summer in Venice. Ratterman Bros. Funeral Home, East Louisville, was entrusted with arrangements.
Contributions: Memorial gifts may be made to CurePSP, 30 East Padonia Road, Suite 201, Timonium MD 21093,
or Parkinson’s Support Center of Kentuckiana, 315 Townepark Circle, Suite 100, Louisville KY 40243,