Clair Arthur McElhinny

Clair Arthur McElhinny, 84, of Mooresville, N.C., formerly of Greensburg, Pa., died peacefully on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013, at the Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville, N.C.

He was born to the late Clair J. and Dorothy Reese McElhinny on Aug. 3, 1928, in McKeesport, Pa. He was a 1946 graduate of St. Peter’s Catholic High School in McKeesport.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Marilyn G. McElhinny of Mooresville, N.C; a daughter, Jill K. Mondo and her husband, Craig, of Mooresville, N.C.; two wonderful grandsons: Jonny and Matthew Mondo; a brother-in-law, Dr. Raymond B. Gavert and his wife, Cindy, of Alexandria, Va.; two sister-in-laws, Onnolee Samuelson and her fiance, Jim Murphy, and Dar-lene McIntyre and her hus-band, Brian, of Jamestown, N.Y.; a nephew, David P. Wright and his wife, Brenda, of Greensburg, Pa.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Vern C. McElhinny Wright; and a brother, Carl J. McElhinny.

Clair retired from the G.C. Murphy Company in McKeesport, Pa., as vice president of sales, after 39 years of service.

Clair was a Korean War veteran and served with the U.S. Army’s 45th Infantry Division, 279th Regimen-tal Combat Team. He attained the rank of captain. He was active duty from 1951 to 1954 and reserve from 1954 to 1963.

Clair was an active board member and officer of the G.C. Murphy Company Foundation, a member of the Jamestown Elks Lodge 263, America Legion 981, Westmorland Historical Society, Westmoreland Archaeology Society, Elizabeth Township Historical Society and charter member of the World War II Memorial and the Korean War Memorial. He volunteered over 3,500 hours at Westmoreland Regional Hospital in Greensburg, Pa., and also provided valuable information for a book about the G.C. Murphy Company called “For the Love of Murphy’s.”

His interests included family genealogy, traveling, spending time with his grandsons and volunteering.

Friends will be received at the Kepple-Graft Funeral Home, 524 N. Main St. in Greensburg on Friday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m.-11 a.m. with a prayer service immediately following.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Be A Star Foundation, 1201 US Highway One, Suite 350, North Palm Beach, FL 33410 or go to www.beastarfoundation. com; or donate to a charity of your choice.

Terence L. Graft, funeral director, entrusted with the arrangements. For online condolences and informa-tion, please visit www.kep-plegraft.com or www. remembrance process.com.