Clarence M. Monroe, 94, of Owosso, passed away Friday, November 9th, 2012 at Ovid Healthcare Center. Funeral services will be held at 11 AM Wednesday, November 14th at the First Free Methodist Church, 1249 North Chipman Street, Owosso with Pastor Mark Kincaid officiating. Interment will follow at Oak Hill Cemetery. Visitation will be on Tuesday at Mowen Funeral Home - William A. Scarlett Memoiral Chapel, 409 West Main Street from 4 PM to 8 PM and on Wednesday from 10 AM to 11 AM at the church.
Clarence was born in Vernon Township, Michigan on May 5, 1918, the son of the late George Utley and Emma Lavina (Mead) Monroe. He married Nellie Barkley in Owosso on June 6, 1942; she died December 18, 1970 from injuries received in a car/pedestrian accident. He later married Maxine Fisher on July 17, 1971 at the First Free Methodist Church; Maxine died November 16, 2004. Clarence graduated from Owosso High School in 1936. After graduation he worked in northern Michigan with the CCC for 2 years, planting trees and repairing roads. He joined the Michigan State Troops, replacement for the Michigan National Guard during WWII. He later enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps and was an instructor for instrument and celestrial navigation. After the war, Clarence joined the Owosso Fire Department in 1946, serving as a fireman, Asst. Chief and Fire Marshall prior to his retirement in December 1973. He worked a short time as a driver for J.D. McBride Oil Co. He was a member of Kiwanis International in Owosso and was a Past Lt. Governor for District 18 in Michigan. He was an Assistant District Commissioner for the Explorers, BSA and a board member for the Arthritis Foudation for 12 years.
Survivors include: daughter, Sally (Lewis) VanAelst of Grand Rapids; grandson, Jeff Gray of Tulsa, OK; two great grandchildren; sister, Marg Schulze of Zephyrhills, FL; brother-in-law, Jack (Bonnie) Speers of Owosso; several nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews. He was preceded in death by wife, Nellie; wife, Maxine (Schultz); brothers, Theodore, Clifford and Virgil; sisters, Isabelle Godley and Thelma Neudell.
Memorials are suggested to the Arthritis Foundation, 1050 Wilshire Drive , Troy, MI 48084-1564.