Patrick McLead, 74, dies

Columbus, OH — Patrick Jay McLead, 74, of Delaware, Ohio, died Jan. 9, 2022, at the Delaware Court Health Care Center in Delaware surrounded by his loving family.

He was born Oct. 5, 1947, in Delaware to the late Jay and Mary (Burch) McLead. He grew up in Kilbourne, Ohio and graduated from Buckeye Valley High School in 1965. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy as an air traffic controller. He graduated from The Ohio State University with a degree in business administration and worked at Burrell Insurance in Delaware.

He was active in many different community charities, clubs and organizations including the Delaware Hayes High School Boosters Club, Optimist Club and the Elks Lodge.

He was a coach for his boys in various youth sports such as baseball and soccer, never missing any of their sports or activities. He loved to play softball and bowl.

On Nov. 8, 1991, he had a brain aneurysm that changed the course of his life forever. He spent the last years of his life as his jovial self, spreading his contagious laughter and smiles to anyone that crossed his path at the Delaware Court Health Care Center. He was always the life of the party and always had a quick joke.

Mr. McLead was a loving, caring and happy person, always having a kind word about everyone. He was one great person and anyone who knew him, loved him. He was always offering a lending hand and made sure other people were just as happy as he was.

He was an awesome husband and dad!

He is survived by his soulmate and love of his life, Linda; sons, Joe (Patty) and Jason; grandson, William Patrick; sisters, Kathy (Jim) Bargar, Julie Snyder, and Debbie (Ray) Brenner; brother-in-law, Billy Walters; and numerous nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends on Sunday (Jan. 16) from 2–5 p.m. at the Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center, 101 Valleyside Drive at W. William Street, Delaware, where services celebrating his life will be held on Monday (Jan. 17) at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Greenmound Cemetery in Kilbourne, Ohio, with military honors provided by the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 1095 and members of the United States Navy.

The family respectfully asks that all in attendance please monitor their health and symptoms for any sign of Covid prior to attending. If in attendance, please wear a face mask despite vaccine status and refrain from hugging.

The family also requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Delaware Court Health Care Center (Activities Fund), 4 New Market Drive, Delaware, OH 43015.

The Snyder-Rodman Funeral Center is honored to served this veteran and his family. To share a fond memory of Pat or to offer a condolence to his family, please visit

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