2018-07-07 / Obituaries

Clarence H. Francis

August 22, 1926 - June 30, 2018

Clarence H. “Rip” Francis, 91, a lifelong resident of Coudersport, passed away on June 30, 2018, in UPMC Cole, Coudersport.

Born on Aug. 22, 1926 in Coud­ersport, he was a son of Harold D. and Irene Rastu Francis. On May 21, 1949, in Coudersport, he mar­ried Madelyn J. McNulty, who sur­vives.

Rip was a graduate of Couder­sport High School. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Pacific Theatre, Special Troops, 8th Army, during World War II.

He retired from Joyce Western Pipeline Construction Company in Andover, N.Y., where he was employed as an accountant. For years, Rip prepared income taxes for many area residents.

Rip was a member of Park United Methodist Church in Coudersport, where he long served as treasurer. He was a member of the Coudersport American Legion Post 192; a life member of the Coudersport Volunteer Ambulance Association, where he served as treasurer for many years; a member of Eulalia Lodge No. 342 F&AM, Coudersport; a member of the Coudersport Consistory, where he participated in the reunions; and a member of the Coudersport Golf Club. He was an avid golfer and excelled at the game. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He was the third generation to live in the family home in Coudersport. His greatest love was his family.

Among survivors are his wife; four children, Kay (Mrs. Michael) Bender of Sanford, Maine, Lynn Klimek of Newfield, N.Y., Gary (Russina) Francis of Coudersport, and Lori (Mrs. Norman) King of New Tripoli; ten grandchildren, Chad, Tina, Erin, Neal, Leslie, Joshua, Danielle, Angela, Brenna, and Lindsey; seven great-grandchildren, Dakota, Callan, Torin, Wy­att, Waylon, Cody and Verity; and several nieces and nephews.

Rip was predeceased by his parents; by two broth­ers, John and Sherman; and two sisters, Katharine and Marjorie.

Friends may call from 11 am to 1 pm on Saturday, July 7, at Park United Methodist Church, Coudersport, where funeral services will follow at 1 pm with the Rev. Scott Ogden, pastor, officiating. Burial will be in Raymond Cemetery, Gold. Members of Eulalia Lodge No. 342 will conduct a Masonic service at 12:45 pm on Saturday at the church. Members of the Potter County Honor Guard will accord military honors on Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Park United Methodist Church, 15 E. Third St, Coud­ersport PA 16915. Rip’s family has entrusted his care to Kevin J. Dusenbury, funeral director/owner of the Virgil L. Howard Funeral Home, Shinglehouse. To ex­press condolences or share a fond memory of Rip, visit virgillhowardfuneralhome.com.

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