In Loving

John Edward McLain II

September 1, 1942 – March 14, 2024 

John Edward McLain II, 81, passed away peacefully Sunday, March 14, 2024, after a valiant long battle with cancer.

John was born September 1, 1942, in Washington DC. He was the son of the late John Edward McLain, Sr and Helen LaRue (Gladhill) McLain. He was a 1961 graduate of Fork Union Military Academy. He attended Frederick College and served in the U.S. Army until his honorable discharge in 1967. John, moved to Richmond, Virginia where he would raise a family and begin what would become a lifelong enthusiastic love of all things outdoors.  

John was an avid kayaker, fisherman, hiker, and birdwatcher. He especially had a passion for waterfowl and would often plan trips around capturing the migration of all types of ducks. John was also an enthused traveler having visited several continents around the world. Every stop cultivated many friendships, some of which lasted a lifetime; however, it was his fervent move to his beloved Brookings, Oregon which would create many new adventures. There his time was spent exploring everything in nature the Pacific Coast had to offer. The oceans, mountains, and rivers were his playground. John was a true original. He began a regimen of health-conscious activities before they became mainstream. He even started a pickleball club in Brookings before it became the fastest-growing sport in America.  

John, affectionately known as Corky and later Paw Paw, was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle, and great-uncle to many nieces and nephews. He is survived by his youngest daughter, Logan Meredith Mclain; his eldest daughter, Monica Mclain Nickolaou and her husband, George Nickolaou; his granddaughters, Nastacia Taylor Nickolaou and Katarina Mclain Nickolaou; his sister, Jean Gillen; and brother-in-law Joseph Gillen.  

A Carolina Silverbell tree was planted in memory of John at Maymont near the Dooley Mansion and a private Celebration of life honoring his life will be held at Maymont later this month. May his memory be eternal.