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Ronald A. McLain, Jr.

January 8, 1943 - September 7, 2023

Ronald A. McLain, Jr., age 80, of Smyrna, DE, and formerly of Newark, DE and Selbyville, DE, passed away on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

Born in Pendleton, OR on January 8, 1943, he was a son of the late Ronald A. and Dorothy S. (Tome) McLain, Sr. Ronald was a graduate of Newark High School in 1961. He then attended Goldey-Beacom College, earning his Associate’s degree in Accounting and Business Administration. Ronald began working at The Paint Pot Hardware Store in Newark and later made his career as a tax accountant for J. Franklin McMullen CPA and John J. Dowling & Associates CPA, both of Newark.

Ronald enjoyed giving back to his community as a member of Hiram Lodge #25 A.F. & A.M. in Newark as a 32nd degree Freemason. He was also a dedicated life member of Aetna Hose, Hook, & Ladder Company in Newark, where he also served as treasurer for 25 years. In his spare time, Ronald liked doing word search puzzle books or watching football and golf on television. He especially loved travelling to explore new places. Above all, Ronald cherished his family and making memories with them.

In addition to his parents, Ronald was preceded in death by his wife of 58 years, Beverly Ann (Baker) McLain. He is survived by his son, Michael W. McLain, Sr. (Monica) of Newark; brother, William McLain (Meurial) of Newark; grandchildren, Christopher (McLain) Zelaya (Stephan) of Clayton, Hallee McLain (Tyler Scott) of Philippi, WV, and Michael McLain, Jr. of Little Creek; and great-grandchildren, Illyria Scott, Brecken Zelaya, and Romulus Scott.

All services will be held privately.


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6 Condolences for Ronald A. McLain, Jr.

  • So sorry to hear about Ronnie. He did my taxes many times. He also was a help to Aetna under Jim Wood.

  • Dear Michael, We are very sorry to hear about the passing of your father. He and your mom were great neighbors and a wonderful role model for you Our deepest sympathy John and Beth Mayer

  • McLain family,

    So sorry to hear about your loss. Ronnie was our Bestman and Beverly was a bridesmaid when we got married in 1968.
    We often would have contact with them and they even attended our 25th anniversary. I know both of them loved having you as a son, Michael. We often would sit with them at the firehouse dances. Ronnie also did our taxes for years.

  • Michael,

    I was saddened to learn of your dad’s passing. When we were much younger we spent a week of our summer vacation together, either in Perryville or Newark. Spending that week hanging out with my older cousin was always the highlight of my summer. My condolences to you, Monica and your family.


  • Michael, Monica and the family,

    We are so sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I know the last few years have ben struggle healthwise ad with the loss of Bev last year, he is finally at peace and reunited with her. I will always remember him fondly. All the late night card games, the chicken dinners, and Eastern Star Travels.
    I will pray for peace at this time of off loss for your family.

  • Sorry to hear of the passing of Ron McClain. He was an excellent treasurer for Aetna. He assisted me in helping in the treasurer’s office. A great guy.