It’s rare that the loss of someone affects an entire community, but the Wheelersburg community is mourning the loss of one of its most prominent citizens, long time businessman W.E. Mac McFarland
Mac McFarland, 82, of Wheelersburg, died Sundayat Best Care Nursing and Rehab in Wheelersburg. He was a businessman in Wheelersburg and active with Porter Township and Wheelersburg schools.
McFarland’s son, Fourth District Court of Appeals Judge Matt McFarland, said no one had a great influence on his life and career than his father and his mother, the late Nancy Miller McFarland. On Monday McFarland posted on facebook – “The greatest man I ever knew went to his heavenly home yesterday (Sunday).”
McFarland credited his parents with his successes.
“Him being in politics, he understood and certainly he was my biggest fan,” McFarland told the Daily Times. “My mom passed away in 1998 and for the last 18 years, every day we touched each other some way.”
Matt McFarland said his father touched so many lives in so many ways.
“He was a great supporter of Wheelerseburg athletics, but he was on the (Wheelersburg) school board and just as committed to a challenging academic curriculum as he was committed to athletic performances and being successful in the classroom and on the athletic field,” McFarland said. “He loved sports, but he loved the education.”
McFarland said his father always wanted to give back to the community for educating his children.
“He was president of the Wheelersburg School Board, chairman of the (Porter) Township Trustees and he was always looking out for other people,” McFarland said. “He was a Porter Township volunteer fireman when they moved here in 1960.”
He was instrumental in many community projects from the Community Center to Tan-Lan Pool to the Porter Township Park. As a civil engineer, he was involved in the creation of many projects including laying out the Little League field.
“I had people tell me he helped put them through college,” McFarland said. “My mom and I didn’t know those things because he didn’t want any fanfare. He just wanted to help.”
Preceding him in death was his wife, Nancy Miller McFarland. Arrangements are under the direction of the Brant Funeral Home in Sciotoville, where friends may call from 2 p.m. until 4 p.m. and 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday. A Masonic service will be held at 8 p.m. Thursday and a Celebration of his Life will be Friday at 2 p.m. at Wheelersburg United Methodist Church with visitation one hour preceding the celebration.
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