Clarence Elbert Sollars Jr passed away at a St Joseph Hospital June 5th 2003.
He was born to Jennie & Clarence Sollars Sr on March 11, 1926 in Industrial City. Mr Sollars was a Navy Frogman aboard the USS Enterprise during WWII participating in 14 major battles. He received a Presidential Citation & was a Purple Heart recipient. Clarence was a Firefighter for the city of St Joseph retiring as Fire Inspector after 22 years. He then worked for American National bank for 10 years and St Joseph State Hospital for 12 years in fire and safety.
Mr. Sollars was a member of Maxwell Heights Presbyterian Church, Brotherhood Lodge #269, A.F. & A.M, a 32 degree Scottish Rite Mason & a member of the NRA. He was President of Firefighters Union Local #77 and a member of the Retired Fireman's Association. He was an avid fisherman, hunter and loved his dogs. Clarence enjoyed spending 4th of Julys at the family cabin at Lake Contrary.
Survivors include two daughters, Nancy Jo (Mike) Breit, Blue Eye, Missouri, Debra June (Bob) Coats, Savannah ; six grandchildren (Kristie Ploeger (Karl), Kandie Stock (Paul), Kelly Plumb (Steve), Amy Coats, Bobbie Jo Turner (Matt) and Ryan Breit (Kim)); and seven great-grandchildren; three great-great grandchildren; numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.
Interment at Mt Mora Cemetery
Source: St Joseph News Press
Contributed by: Amy Coats