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Bill Clabaugh

    Bill Clabaugh, 86, passed away Sunday, January 15, at his residence.
    He was born May 14, 1925 in Fountain City to Clarence and Blanche Purtee Clabaugh. World War Two cut his high school years short and he was inducted into the US Navy in 1943, serving aboard the battleship USS New Jersey for the duration of the war.
   Bill received his honorable discharge in 1946 and returned home to marry the former Betty Hawkins on March 23, 1946. They were blessed with 3 children. Bill enjoyed a long career in sales. He delivered Coca-Cola for a while before working for Kaler Candy and Hamilton-Harris. He owned & operated B & B Novelty and East End Variety in Richmond and later worked for the Wayne County Highway Department. Bill was a member of Central Christian Church. He enjoyed fishing and was an avid bowler when better health permitted. He also enjoyed attending his grandchildren’s and great-grandchildren’s ball games and watching sports.
   In 2002, Bill was able to revisit the battleship New Jersey. In 2005, he received his high school diploma from Northeastern High School during commencement ceremonies, 62 years after foregoing graduation to serve a grateful nation.  
   Bill will be missed by his wife of nearly 66 years Betty, of Richmond; daughters & sons-in-law, Sharon and Charles Provance, of Fountain City and Kathy & Mike Butler, of Richmond; son & daughter-in-law, Steven & Marsha Clabaugh, of Freemont, Ohio; 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great-grandchildren and several nieces & nephews. His dog Holly, survives as well.
   Bill was preceded in death by his parents, sisters Harriett Platt and LaVerne Schneider; brothers Frances and James Clabaugh; 1 grandson and 1 great-grandson.
   A funeral ceremony will be conducted by Rev. Max Knight and Rev. Mark Irwin at 1:00 pm on Thursday, January 19 at the Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in Willow Grove Cemetery, with military rites delivered by the Wayne County Honor Guard.
   Family & friends may gather for visitation from 11:00 am – 1:00 pm Thursday, January 19 at the funeral home.

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Our thoughts and prayers are with you today. We know Bill was a special man beause of his special family.   Helen and Vicki

Helen Jan 22 2012 12:00 AM

Betty and Family you have our deepest sympathy for your loss. Bill was always friendly and outgoing.

Jerry and Maxine Cockerill Jan 19 2012 12:00 AM

Are deapest sympathy goes out to the family . My the lord be with you and in your heart threw this hard time . Your in our hearts and prayers .

Dorthy & Jay Johnson & Family Jan 19 2012 12:00 AM

I always enjoyed visiting Bill and Betty.  Bill was such a personable and joyful individual.  My day after talking with him always seemed to be brighter.  He will be missed but I know he is having grand time in Heaven.

Bryan Edwards Jan 19 2012 12:00 AM

Our sincere condolences. Bill was a great man. I remember serving with him at Bethel Christian Chuch. working with him at the Mother Daughter Banquets. I learned alot from him. He is in the best of hands now.

Don Wolfal and Family Jan 18 2012 12:00 AM

Dear Betty:  Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.  Bill was such a blessing to us and will be deeply missed for a short time as I know we will all be together for an eternity.  May the Lord be a close comfort and loving presence to you.  God bless you richly ..... Love and hugs

John & Sonya Lumpkin Jan 18 2012 12:00 AM

So sorry Marilyn and Ova in Bills death. My prayers go out to you and the rest of family. Love Nell.

Nellie Cummins Cheek Jan 17 2012 12:00 AM

I am sorry to hear of the loss of our father.  It sounds like he was a wonderful man. You are in my thoughts.

Nancy Hoober Jan 17 2012 12:00 AM

Miss Sharon,
So sorry to hear of your father''s passing.  You know my kids and I think the world of you!  We all will be saying special prayers for you and your family during this difficult time.
Love You,
Julie, Lawrance, Duvall, Shakari, Jordan, Jalin and Amareea

Julie Stanton and Family Jan 17 2012 12:00 AM

Steve, So sorry for the loss of your father. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Scott & Michelle Aten Jan 17 2012 12:00 AM

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