Holmes D. “Mac” McLendon Jr., 97, of Asheville, North Carolina, died Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, at the North Carolina State Veterans Home in Black Mountain, North Carolina.
He was born on May 3, 1923, in Goshen, New York, to Holmes D. McLendon Sr. and Irene Griebel McLendon. He was married to Marianna Demaree, who was originally from Madison, Indiana. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania, where he was a member of Alpha Chi Rho fraternity. He was founder and owner of MRC Industries, a computer firm, in Park Ridge, Illinois. He served in the US Army during World War II where he was awarded the American Theater Ribbon and the World War II Victory Ribbon. He was an active member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in Park Ridge as well as the Park Ridge Senior Center before moving to Asheville in 2012. He was a Master Mason for more than 75 years as well as a Shriner.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Jensen of Herndon, Virginia and Dr. Susan West of Asheville; six grandchildren, Andrew Peery, Michael Anderson, Matthew Anderson, Daniel Jensen, Brandon Jensen and Matthew Jensen; and three great grandchildren; a brother-in-law, William L. Demaree, of Madison; and numerous nieces and nephews and other family.
He was preceded in death by his parents and his wife of 58 years.
Memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 8, at Shuler Funeral Home in Hendersonville, North Carolina, with interment at Western Carolina State Veterans Cemetery in Black Mountain. Visitation is 10 a.m. until time of service on May 8 at the funeral home.
Memorial contributions may be made to the North Carolina State Veterans Home, 62 Lake Eden Road, Black Mountain, NC 28711.
Online condolences, www.shulerfuneralhome.com.