|Birth: ||Jul. 15, 1933|
|Death: ||Jul. 19, 1976|
Deford Man Killed as Fire Sweeps Mobile Home
A 43-year-old Deford man was killed and his 54-year-old brother seriously burned in a fire that destroyed their mobile home on Kingston Road, about a mle south of Deford, early Monday morning [July 19, 1976].
Tuscola County Sheriff's deputies identified the victim as Wesley Allen Clyne of 251 N. Kingston Rd. Clyne died when flames engulfed their mobile home around 3:00 a.m.
According to a report by the Tuscola County Sheriff's department, the fire was discovered by a neighbor, George Stephen Hosner of 231 N. Kingston Rd.
Hosner told officers he noticed a glow in the trailer around 2:30 a.m. When he next noticed the mobile home, around 2:55 a.m., it was engulfed in flames.
Charles Clyne, brother of the victim, was listed in serious condition at Hills and Dales General Hospital Tueday with burns about the face.
He told investigating officers he awoke around 2:50 a.m. to find the mobile home on fire. He said he escaped by jumping from a window in the bedroom.
A State Fire Marshall's report completed Monday indicated the fire probabl;y started in the living room of the 10 by 50-foot structure, either on the couch or in front of it.
While the exact cause was not pinpointed, investigators believe a cigarette may have set off the blaze, smouldering for as long as two hours before flaring up.
Clyne's badly charred body was discovered near the south entrance of the trailer, lying face down.
Elkland township firemen were called to the scene to battle the blaze. Fire Chief Jim Jezewski placed the loss at about $8,000.
Wesley Allen Clyne was born July 15, 1933, in Caro. He married Virginia Shingler in 1959 in Caro. She died in 1972.
Survivors include two sons, Chuck of Cass City and Ronnie of Pontiac; one daughter, Tina Alice Finlayson of Silverwood; two brothers, Charles and Melvin, both of Rochester; three sisters, Marjorie ______ and Myrtle Welch, both of Escanaba, and Mable Springs of Ontonagon, and his father, Charles Clyne, Sr.
Funeral services were scheduled Wednesday afternoon at the Huston Funeral Home in Caro with Rev. Allen Stebbins officiating.
Burial was in the Almer Township Cemetery.
(Cass City Chronicle, July 22, 1976, page 1.)
Note: No grave marker.
Almer Township Cemetery
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