He was born April 13, 1912, in Poland, as the son of John and Anna Hemphill Clear.
He graduated from Bowling Green High School.
During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army in the 813th AAF Base Unit until his Honorable Discharge Jan. 10, 1946.
He was a master mechanic who worked at Big Ben Coal Mine and at the Federal Penitentiary for 25 years until his retirement.
He was an active member of the Knightsville Masonic Lodge 409, Terre Haute Scottish Rite, Terre Haute Zorah Shrine, the Motorcycle Patrol and then the Antique Auto Club.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife Betty Jean France Clear, his second wife Rachel Brown, and grandson Matthew Ruddock.
He is survived by daughters Gay Ruddock (Tom), and Kay Bigley (Bob), stepson Larry Brown (Tonya), grandchildren Ryne and Rebecca Ruddock, Shawnette Szekely (Bill), and Karen McQueen (Troy), step-grandchildren Summer, Autum, Aaron, Michael, and Jesse Brown, great-grandchildren Mariah and Zachery Szekely, and Myra McQueen, and other extended family.
Visitation will be 4-6 p.m., Monday, Dec. 7, at Moore Funeral Home.
A Masonic Memorial Service will be conducted at 5:30 p.m.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m., Tuesday, at the funeral home.
Burial will follow at Summit Lawn Cemetery.
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