Howard Paul "Mac" McIlrath

Thursday, June 1, 2006

Mac was born October 10, 1913, in Kansas City, Missouri, to George David and Ethel Howard McIlrath. He graduated from Paseo High School in 1931 and attended Kansas City School of Law for two and one-half years.

On September 1, 1936, he married Florene Louise Elliott in Liberty, Missouri. She preceded him in death December 13, 1993, after fifty-seven years of marriage.

Howard began his career with DX Oil Company in 1937 as an office supervisor working his way up to Southern Division Real Estate Officer covering an eight state area.

His career was placed on hold to proudly serve in the United States Army during World War II in the 3446th Ordnance Medium Automotive Maintenance Company serving in the Normandy, Northern France, Rhineland and Central European Campaigns. He earned the rank of Tech Sergeant and received four battle stars.

He retired from DX and moved to Shell Knob, Missouri on May 10, 1959, to begin a career as a resort owner, opening Mac's Hidden Cove in 1961. During this time he was instrumental in starting the Central Crossing Association and serving as president from 1962 until 1968 and continuing on its Board until 1970. He was a past-president of the Shell Knob-Viola Community Build-ing and served on its Board for ten years. He was a charter member of the Shell Knob Lions Club. He and Florene sold the resort in 1972 and started Shell Knob Insurance while starting the charter process for the Community Bank of Shell Knob. Howard was the bank president for several years and continued to be the Chairman of the Board until 2001.

Howard went to Washington, D.C., in the late 1960's and testified before Congress and helped to negotiate new land lease contracts for resort owners with the Army Corps of Engineers.

Howard was a charter member of Holy Family Catholic Church and served as its first parish council president and oversaw the construction of the original building.

In 2002 he started the chartering process for Table Rock Federal Credit Union and became its president when it opened its doors in April, 2004, until his death. He was a member of the VFW and a charter member of Holy Family Council of the Knights of Columbus. In 2005 he was awarded a life-time achievement award for service to the Shell Knob community by the Shell Knob Chamber of Commerce.

Howard and Regina Beck Padgett were united in marriage on August 7, 1998. She survives. He is also survived by one sister, Frances Peak of Grinnell, Iowa, a brother-in-law, Donald (Pauline) Elliott of Blue Springs, Missouri; three step-sons, Timothy (Denise) Padgett of Lake Zurich, Illinois, Thomas (Kathy) Padgett of Willard, Missouri and Mark Bohdanyk of Omaha, Nebraska. Howard was a loving and much-loved uncle to many nieces and nephews and was so happy to be a grandfather to Kristina, Laura, Thomas II and Grady Padgett.

A Funeral Mass was held at 10:30 a.m. today (Wednesday,) May 31, 2006, in Holy Family Catholic Church, Shell Knob, under direction of Fohn Funeral Home, Shell Knob. Father David Miller and Father Ernest J. Marquart presided. Burial with military honors was at Painter Cemetery, Shell Knob.

Visitation was from 5:00 until 7:00 P.M. Tuesday in the church and a Rosary service was held.

Knights of Columbus Honor Guard were present.

Memorials may be made to the Holy Family Catholic Church Building Fund. Paid obit


Shell Knob, Missouri