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Harry Clotfelter, Jr

  • Birth 2 Jun 1918 Reno, Bond County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 31 Dec 2010 Mansfield, De Soto Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Burial Mansfield, De Soto Parish, Louisiana, USA
  • Memorial ID 63708331

Obituary from the Shreveport Times newspaper, Jan. 4, 2011, Tuesday, p. 10-A:

MANSFIELD, LA – Harry Clotfelter, Jr., 92, of Mansfield, Louisiana, passed away peacefully after a brief illness, late on December 31, 2010. Harry was born on June 2, 1918, in Reno, Bond County, Illinois, the only son of Harry L. and Minnie Beckert Clotfelter. Harry grew up on the family farm and attended Greenville High School in Greenville, Illinois, where he played varsity basketball. Harry lived and worked on the family farm until enlisting in the United States Army on October 30, 1941, serving with honor in Europe during World War II until his discharge on November 26, 1945. In the Army, Harry served with the 136 Ordinance MCTE Battalion, and participated in the Battle of the Bulge, earning two Bronze Stars. Harry achieved the rank of Mess Sergeant, and was affectionately known as "Cookie" to the men with whom he served.

After his service in WWII, Harry returned to the family farm and worked briefly at a local retail hardware store, and then began his career with the United States Postal Service as a rural mail carrier. He was active in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Unit 282, in Greenville, Illinois, serving as Commander, and was an avid golfer. Upon his retirement from the USPS, Harry traveled extensively and made many friends, and on one of his trips to Hot Springs, Arkansas, he met his future wife, Margery Robinson Mathis, a widow. They married on October 21, 1976, and Harry became an important and cherished member of a large extended family. "Grandpa Harry" was a loving husband to "Mamaw" and step-grandfather to 12 grandchildren and many great-grandchildren. He was a great story-teller and told many entertaining tales regarding his adventures as a young man. Although Harry never had children of his own, he became a beloved grandfather to the children in the family.

Harry and Margery were married for over 21 years and were members of St. Joseph's Catholic Church. They led a wonderful and active life - traveling, socializing with friends, volunteering in the community, and hosting large family gatherings at their home in Mansfield. Harry and Margery especially loved to square dance, and traveled around the country with the Toledo Squares square-dancing club, where they made many dear friends. When Margery became ill, Harry lovingly cared for her until her death in 1998. He was active in the Mansfield Council on Aging for many years, where he had lunch and played "Chickenfoot" with his friends almost daily. September 24, 2009, Harry received the Louisiana Veterans' Honor Medal from Governor Bobby Jindal, in remembrance of wounds he sustained in battle during WWII.

Harry is survived by his sister, Marjorie L. Boehmler, his nephew, David Weiss, his niece, Barbara Gorsky, and step-sons Michael, James and Robin Mathis and their families. The family would like to especially thank Louise Rascoe, Harry's dear friend for the past several years, the Mansfield Council on Aging, Dr. Jeffery Evans, and all the wonderful people in the community of Mansfield who helped Harry have a blessed life and live independently until his recent illness. Rosary for Harry is scheduled for 7:00 PM Monday, January 3, 2011. A Funeral Mass for Harry will take place on Tuesday, January 4th at 1:00 PM at St. Joseph's Catholic Church, followed by burial at Mansfield Cemetery. In lieu of floral tributes, please make contributions to your favorite charity in Harry's name.

Kilpatrick's Rose-Neath Funeral Home, Mansfield, LA 318-872-4660


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  • Created by: Shawn Bohannon
  • Added: 4 Jan 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 63708331
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Harry Clotfelter, Jr (2 Jun 1918–31 Dec 2010), Find A Grave Memorial no. 63708331, citing Mansfield Cemetery, Mansfield, De Soto Parish, Louisiana, USA ; Maintained by Shawn Bohannon (contributor 47062096) .