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In Memory of
Rod McClure
January 27, 1961 - June 11, 2016

Rod McClure doing trackwork at WPRMRod McClure doing what he loved

FOR FlagOne of my closet friends, who I considered a brother, Rod McClure, passed away peacefully on Saturday afternoon, June 11, 2016 with his soul mate and love of his life Gail by his side.

Rod had been fighting a sepsis infection for just over a year and unfortunately succumbed to its unending attack on his immune system.

A lifelong railroader, first with the Western Pacific and continuing with Union Pacific after WP was purchased by that corporation. Always ready with a quick humorous retort in just about any situation, he was in fact a natural born leader and a great human being.

Rod began his railroad career at a young age when he would accompany his father, Jack McClure, to work in Oakland on the Western Pacific. It wasn’t long before he was running the locomotives and performing duties that only employees were supposed to do. As soon as he was old enough he went to work on the Western Pacific becoming an engineer.

After moving to Nevada and the demise of the Western Pacific Railroad, Rod found himself drawn to the Feather River Rail Society and the Portola Railroad Museum as a way to help keep the spirit of the WP alive. The FRRS became a very important part of his life.

Under his direction as President the museums mission statement was changed to more accurately reflect the societies efforts to preserve equipment and artifacts of the Western Pacific Railroad. The museums name was subsequently changed to the Western Pacific Railroad museum as part of this effort and to more accurately represent the scope of the museum.

It was under Rod’s leadership that the FRRS began taking museum equipment off campus to events in Truckee and Dunsmuir, California for many years. It was also under his leadership that one of the biggest equipment trades took place between the Feather River Rail Society and the Western Railway Museum at Rio Vista Junction, California.

Rod could also be stubborn and very rarely took no for an answer. He was a fighter and did not give up easily, unfortunately as much as he tried to fight this illness, he lost.

Rod is survived by his wife of 27 years Gail, two sons, Aaron and Eric, daughter in laws Michaelia and Janille, brother in law Matthew Parker and wife Stephanie and 7 grandchildren.

So now my friend may you continue on your journey with all signals displaying Green, and remember, “Keep the round things down.”


Frank Brehm

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