A student at Troy Area high school, he played the clarinet in the school marching band, and enlisted in the Air Force prior to his 18th birthday. He then served in the Korean War, last as a staff sergeant, whereupon he received an honorable discharge. Following his discharge he married Vivian Inman, Canton, PA, and took up residence in Troy, PA. Clarence and Vivian had one son, Matthew, and four daughters, Beth, Deborah, Virginia, and Rebecca.
Clarence had a kind heart and an easy-going disposition, no doubt a result of raising four girls. He was always ready with a smile, or a laugh, or a rhyme. He could strike a conversation with anyone at any time. He made people feel at ease. More than anything else, Clarence loved to spend time with his children and their children. In his younger years, Clarence enjoyed woodcraft and making furniture. He once took up hunting, but gave it up when he realized that he just didn't want to harm any creature. He was a proud Steelers' fan, and also enjoyed watching basketball and college football. On any given year, he could never quite get over losing the shoe to Canton.
He is survived by his wife of fifty-six years, Vivian; sister, Alta Pearl May, Troy, PA; four daughters, Beth (Thomas), Troy, PA, Deborah Harrigan, Erin, NY, Virginia (Holunga), Livermore, CA, and Rebecca (Rouland), Clyde, NY. His eight grandchildren include Wendell Thomas Jr., Sarah Gleason, Michele Miller, Ryan Harrigan, Jessica Rouland, Joey May, Marcu Holunga, Saveta Holunga; four great grandchildren include Levi Thomas, Madalyn Miller, Cameron Gleason, and Lukas Gleason.
Funeral service was held on February 3, at Berrytown Wesleyan Church, 1 Gillett, PA 16925.
A reception immediately followed the service.
An online guestbook is available for condolences at www.buckheitfcandcrematory.com
Buckheit Funeral Chapel and Crematory, Inc., Mansfield, PA is assisting the family.