January 3, 2012

Richard (Doug) Douglas McClain

Richard (Doug) Douglas McClain age 84, of Lincoln, Nebraska, died on Tuesday, January 3, 2012, in Lincoln.  He was born on June 28, 1927, in Lincoln, Nebraska.  He attended  Prescott Elementary School and Irving Junior High School and graduated from Lincoln High School and the University of Nebraska. He also graduated from the University of Southern California Law School where he was a member of the Law Review.  Doug was a member of the California State Bar Association, the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Oregon State Bar Association, and the Lincoln Bar Association.

Doug married Donna Burbach on July 25, 1949.  He served in the United States Navy during the Korean War. He completed Naval Justice School,  served on the Aircraft Carrier USS Boxer, and served as Aide to the Base Commander at Long Beach, California.   He was a contract attorney for Union Pacific Railroad in Los Angeles. He was an associate attorney with the law firm Hindin, Sterling, McKittrick, and Powsner in Beverly Hills, California.  Doug moved his family back to Lincoln, Nebraska in 1970 where he served as a Deputy County Attorney for Lancaster County for four years.  In 1974, he opened his own law office in Lincoln where he practiced general law for 34 years until 2008.

Doug was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church, Lincoln, Nebraska,  past member of the Sesostris Shrine, and a member of the Blue Lodge, East Lincoln Lodge 210 since 1951. He was also a member of the Scottish Rite. He enjoyed driving his convertible car as a member of the Ragtops. He belonged to the National Rifle Association, the Isaac Walton League, and the American Legion. He  served a term as State President of the ROA (Reserve Officers Association) and belonged to Footprinters Chapter 44. Doug was an advocate for the Foundation of Human Understanding in Grants Pass, Oregon.

Doug is survived by his wife, Donna of Lincoln; daughter Laurie McClain Chadwick and son-in law Charlie Chadwick of Nashville, TN; granddaughters, Rachel McClain of Lincoln, Anna McClain of Lincoln and Sarah McClain Benjamin of Nashville, TN; nieces  Nancy Lorenz of Lincoln and Robin Phares and nephew-in-law Don Phares of Lincoln; and two great grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by his son, Daniel Douglas McClain;  by his sister, Shirley Rasmussen; and by his parents, Leroy and Laura Thelma McClain.  Doug was a loving and devoted husband, father, and grandfather and a beloved member of the Lincoln community.

The visitation will be held on Friday, January 6, 2012 from 4:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. with family receiving friends from 6:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home.

The funeral service will be held on Saturday, January 7, 2012 at 10:30 A.M. at Wyuka Funeral Home with Pastor H. Kirk Langer officiating.

Burial with Military Honors will be in Wyuka Cemetery.

Memorials may be directed to the Shriner’s Hospital’s for Children, 2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, Fl 33607 or Donor’s Choice.



  1. Donna and family, sorry to see that Doug had passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. When you have known someone since you were kids it hits home a little harder.

  2. Donna and Family-
    Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. It was a real honor and pleasure to know Doug..he will be remembered. The Pat Kitchen Family, Pat, Bob, Jim & Trisha

  3. To Doug’s family, our thoughts and prayers go to all of you.

    — All the Brothers & Officers of East Lincoln Lodge No. 210

  4. Hey there’s not many messages here… we got so many in the snail mail and almost 200 people at Dad’s funeral…

    So now it’s June, and I was looking to see the comments for the first time…

    I want to say that my dad was a wonderful amazing man, a dear kind soul in this crazy world and I was SO lucky to have him for a father. He taught me a lot about kindness and patience and humor, all by his supreme example. I miss him terribly!

  5. Doug was a great friend.matt rieck


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