WILLIAM C. MCELWAIN
William Camden McElwain, 79 of Lorain, Ohio, passed away unexpectedly on
Friday, April 15, 2022.
He was born in Sutton, West Virginia on July 8, 1942 to parents Henry Grey
McElwain and Mattie Evelyn Hawkins. He enlisted in the United States Army where he served in the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged after 4 years of service. Upon returning to Ohio, he began his 26 year career as a truck driver with
Consolidated Freightways. He met then later married Alice Marie Eckley
(Bates) from Seville, Ohio in 1972.
They settled down in Nebraska where together they had two daughters Jennifer
Lynn Waldron (McElwain) and Christy Lea McElwain. e initially drove cross-country. After a few years, in order to be closer to family and nearer his job they relocated to Long Pond, Pennsylvania. Over the years his delivery routes gradually transitioned to more local runs so that he could be home with his family every night. Dad was a “foodie” with an undeniable sweet tooth. He was self taught in the kitchen and enjoyed cooking, baking, canning vegetables, as well as making
homemade preserves and candies, which brought him great joy to share. He was also an animal lover, but he especially adored his beloved dachshunds. They were his faithful friends, trustworthy confidants, and travel companions. Anyone who knew him knew he didn’t go anywhere without his four-legged sidekicks.
In addition to his daughters he is survived by his granddaughter Samantha
Destiny Rivera, grandson Kaiden Andrew Waldron, great-grandson Giannis
Javier Rojas, half siblings Beverly and Cindy as well as several nieces and
nephews whom he cared very much for. He will be greatly missed by many.
A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, April 23, 2022 from 4:00 to
6:00 pm at Andras Crematory & Funeral Home located at 3900 Broadway Avenue
in Lorain, Ohio. Please feel free to join us immediately following the service for light refreshments and continued reflection at his church,
Broadway Assembly in Lorain, Ohio.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made on our father’s behalf to either
The Department of Veterans Affairs, The American Cancer Society or the APL
(Animal Protection League).