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Rev. Russell Burdette McClatchey

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Rev. Russell Burdette McClatchey, 78, a retired Elder, died Feb. 10, 2017.Funeral services were held Feb. 18 at Hedgesville UMC in West Virginia, with the Rev. Dennis Jackman officiating.

Russell Burdette McClatchey was born Nov. 20, 1939, one of seven children born to the late Christy and Mary McClatchey of Iowa.

McClatchey was ordained in the North Iowa Conference in 1962 and came to the Baltimore-Washington Conference in 1966 where he served The United Methodist Church for more than 50 years. Over his career, he served 10 different charges, some with more than one church. His appointments included Parkton 1966-69; Christ Edmonson, 1969-72; Lansdowne, 1972-79; Rockville 1979-81; Etchison in Mt. Tabor for a year; Elkridge Charge, 1982-87; Harwood Park-Relay Charge 1987-90; Salem in Germantown 1990-93; Cheverly 1993-97; Mt. Harmony/Lower Marlboro Unity 1997 until his retirement in 2006. After retirement he went to Blairton in Martinsburg.

McClatchey was active in the Berkeley County Democrats, AARP and Lion's Club. He was an avid gardener and book reader, especially enjoying history, religious or biblical archaeology. He loved spending time with his wife, children and grandchildren. 

He and Ramona Anne McClatchey were married in 1962. They had three children who survive

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers and two sisters.

Survivors include his wife of 55 years, Ramona Anne McClatchey; his son, Michael McClatchey and wife of Ellicott City, his daughter Mona Marie Curtis and her husband of New Windsor, and son, Mark McClatchey of Mt. Airy; five grandchildren and one great granddaughter.

Memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Panhandle, 330 Hospice Lane, Kearneysville, WV 25430 or to the United Methodist Committee on Relief "UMCOR," 458 Ponce de Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta, GA. 30308.

Condolences may be mailed to the family at 84 Kreglow Court, Hedgesville, WV 25427-3469.