He served as a staff sergeant with the U.S. Army Signal Corps, during WWII, stationed in Germany, and also served during the Korean Conflict. He provided 26 years of service as an installer to Alltel Phone Company, retiring in 1990. Clarence was a member of Community United Methodist Church in Elyria, enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and was a skilled craftsman and gardener.
Clarence is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Helen E. (nee Elmore); sons, David (Georgia), Clarence Alvia Jr. (Irene), Kenneth (Doren) and Phillip Belcher; daughter, Carolyn Hicks and son-in-law, Bob Cropp, all of Elyria; 11 grandchildren; one stepgrandchild; nine great-grandchildren; two step great grandchildren; and a sister, Glenna Brown of Oakvale, West Virginia. In addition to his parents, Clarence was preceded in death by a daughter Cathy Cropp; sister, Louise Elmore; brother, Eugene Belcher; and a son-in-law, Jim Hicks.
Friends will be received Thursday, May 24, 2012, from 5 until 8 P.M., and Friday, May 25, 2012, from 10 A.M., until the time of an 11 A.M. service, at Dicken Funeral Home, 323 Middle Ave., Elyria. Reverend Donald W. Lare and Clarences grandson, Deacon Thomas Hicks will officiate. Burial will be in Resthaven Memory Gardens, Avon, where Elyria V.F.W. #1079 will conduct military honors.
Memorial contributions may be made to Community United Methodist Church, 680 N. Abbe Rd., Elyria, OH 44035.
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