11/27/2012 2:59:00 PM OBITUARY: Clarence Henry Fellhoelter
Clarence Henry Fellhoelter, 83, of Palo Verde, Calif., passed away on Nov. 2, 2012, in Los Angeles, Calif. with his devoted family by his side.
Clarence was born on Nov. 22, 1928, to Benedict and Christina Fellhoelter and was one of seven children.
During his childhood, he developed his strong work ethic and love of family, as he worked on the family farm in Angelus, Kansas. These two character traits would be ever present throughout his life and were passed on lovingly to his own children and grandchildren.
Clarence enlisted in the Navy alongside his brother, Barney, in 1951, at the age of 23. During this time, he was assigned to the US Renville and traveled to the Pacific Islands, China and Japan. He was awarded numerous honors including a Good Conduct Medal, National Defense Service Medal, Korean Service Medal and the United Nations Service Medal.
Clarence moved to California, along with his friend Lucky, and met his first wife, where they settled in the city of Norwalk with their three children.
A plumber by trade, he worked for the Le Mac Plumbing Company until his retirement 30 years later. When his children were young, Clarence married his wife, Phyllis, and together they shared many happy memories as a family. Clarence was ever the devoted father, rushing home from work to attend baseball and soccer games, dirt bike races and various other activities such as camping, hunting and fishing, with his children.
After his retirement, Clarence moved to his favorite place, Palo Verde, Calif. - where he would spend the remainder of his life. He was proud to be the president of the Palo Verde Rod and Gun Club and Grand Marshall of the town's Christmas parade. He loved playing cards and sharing stories around the fire pit with friends and family. He was a generous, kind and thoughtful father, grandfather, friend and neighbor.
Clarence Fellhoelter was a courteous, gracious man with a strong sense of honor, he will be noticeably missed.
"The fear of death follows from the fear of life. A man who lives fully is prepared to die at anytime."
- Mark Twain
He is survived by his siblings, Elizabeth, Marcella and G. Christian; sisters-in-law: Gloria, JoAnn and Judy. He is survived by, and will be dearly missed by his children, Scott Fellhoelter, Tammy (Richard) Tingley and Gail Silverman and his grandchildren, Amber Lynn Fellhoelter, Tyler Tingley, Kristy Tingley, Clayton Masterman, Jenna Fellhoelter, Anthony Tingley, Dylan Fellhoelter, Sydney Fellhoelter and Sterling Silverman. Clarence was predeceased by his wife Phyllis and son Glenn.
At his request, no funeral services will be held. However, a "Celebration of Life" will be conducted at the Palo Verde Rod & Gun Club on Dec. 1 at 11 a.m. A community potluck will be held to honor Clarence during the Celebration.
For more information, please contact Bennie Barritt at 760-854-1125, Connie Whitehead at 760-854-3267 or his son, Scott Fellhoelter at Lawyerposm@aol.com
A memorial fund is established to benefit the activities of the Palo Verde Valley Rod & Gun Club; it will be administered by his close friend and neighbor: Roscoe Bowen, 212 Wyatt Circle, Norco, CA 92860 (714) 334-7140.
Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2012
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we will all dearly miss you Clarence and let god love you.R.I.P
Posted: Friday, November 30, 2012
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Clarence was an icon to Palo Verde. Extremley knowledgeable ! Palo verde will miss him. But I am sure his spirit will always be here amongst the town. Thank you Clarence for all the years of devotion to the town. RIP