Geneva - J. Wayne McLellan, age 99 (who preferred "John Wayne"), passed away on Thursday (October 10, 2013) at the Living Center North at Geneva.
Family and friends may call from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Tuesday (Oct. 15) at the McGuigan & Bero Funeral Home 45 High St. Geneva. Funeral services will follow calling hours at 2:00 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will be in Sand Hill Cemetery.
Born on March 12, 1914 to William and Minna Webka McLellan in the Town of Seneca, he was blessed with a long and eventful life including marriage to (as he was fond of saying) to "two wonderful women", and as was evident at his 99th birthday party with family and friends in March, his humor, wit and concern for others remained with him always and he was beloved. Wayne was married in 1937 to Frances E. Warden of Castle Road, Geneva. They had three sons, John, David and Kenny. Surviving son John lives near West Point and had engaged in business in New York City following Army service as a member of the West point Band during the Vietnam conflict. Kenny McLellan lives in Nashville where he has been for many years the key musician with T.G. Sheppard. J. Wayne led a varied life first as a farmer, then machinist and business owner. Initially he lived briefly on Castle Road following his marriage to Frances in 1937, then in Oaks Corners where John was born, followed by two locations on Pre-Emption Road (County Rd. #6) as he worked at the Market Basket in Geneva and then farming at two locations nearby as David and Kenny joined the family. Wayne then worked at Premier Mill in Geneva where he became a first-class machinist and spent several years at American Can, where he was a highly-valued traveling employee with the Runway Department. Given this experience he opened his own company, Trans-Can, located in Phelps during the 1960's and beyond. As with the American Can, J. Wayne's clients were all types of canning operations across many sectors like breweries, vegetable, fruit juice, mushroom and pie filling operations in the Northeast. He was widely regarded as fully capable of solving all types of can line problems and improved processing speeds. He and his several employees produced specialized parts designed by him and which were hand-made there. Following the death of Frances in 1971, Wayne married Margaret L. ("Peggy") Carlson of Maxwell Avenue in November, 1972 who was a leading employee of the Geneva Social Security Office and frequently its voice on the radio and widow of highly successful engineer Russell Carlson. Her son Charles became a school principal in Canandaigua. In 1976, Peg and Wayne moved to Kashong where J. Wayne had re-built a house on the lake and had a shop. There he continued consulting to the cannery business when he wasn't fishing or hosting the McLellan family at lakeside clambakes. In 1984, he moved to his adjoining property there where he again built a house along with twin Bob and then traveled by motor home in the 1980's and 1990's (especially to Texas and Nashville) with their two beloved shitzus, Buffy and Duffy. Wayne grew a large vegetable garden and had numerous fruit trees. Peggy gardened her flower beds and canned the products of their property. Peggy passed in 2009 and John Wayne's departure to assisted living and to the Living Center came in 2010.
J. Wayne is survived by, loving sisters, Mabel Breuer and Mae Switzer of Geneva; sons, John H. McLellan (Angela) of Highland Falls, N.Y., Kenny W. McLellan of Nashville and Charles E. Carlson (Kily) of Venice, Fla.; grandchildren, are Heather McLellan of Orange, Conn., John Branden McLellan of Brooklyn, N.Y., Meghan Craver (Chris) of Canandaigua, Tawny Bridgeford of Washington, DC and Russell Carlson of Canandaigua; plus two great-grandchildren; and his many nieces and nephews.
McLellan brothers Allen, Bill, Walt and close twin Bob, pre-deceased him.
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