Clarence J. Horvatin, 88, of 316 W. Garden St., Chippewa Falls, died Sunday, November 25, 2012 at Sacred Heart Hospital in Eau Claire due to a massive stroke.
He was born September 22, 1924 in Cornell, the son of John and Mary (Kambic) Horvatin.
Clancy graduated from Bloomer High School in 1942.
Clancy served in the U.S. Navy for 4 years where he learned to be a barber. He built his own barber shop in 1952 and barbered under the name of Clancy’s Barber Shop for 50 years. He retired when he was 80 years old.
On November 10, 1951 he married Juanita Introwitz. They were married 59 years.
Out of their marriage they had three daughters, Geraldine (Jerry) Braaten, Maxine (Dan) Mooney and Debra (Blaine) Kvapil all of Chippewa Falls; one daughter-in-law, Anabelle Introwitz of Chippewa Falls; one brother, Bill Horvatin (Shirley Schaller) of Chippewa Falls; two sisters, Helen Risteau of Eau Claire and Marian Mercier of Brookfield; 7 grandchildren, Troy (Angie) Braaten, Travis (Terri) Mooney, Angie Schlageter, Mark (Sarah) Schlageter, Jr., Ronnie Introwitz and Amanda and Ashley Kvapil; and 6 great grandchildren, Reggie, Adrian, Kylee, Ryan, Alex and Arika.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Juanita of 59 years; twin sons, Donald in 2004 and Ronald in 1967 and a grandson, Ryan Mooney in 1988; 3 brothers, John, Joe and Ray Horvatin; and one sister, Josephine Sutter.
Clancy belonged to Holy Ghost Church, Moose Lodge #246, U.C.T. #335, Knights of Columbus Goldsmith Council #974, American Legion Post #77, V.F.W. Post #1038, Eagles Club, Navy Club and different bowling leagues.
He enjoyed feeding the birds and squirrels peanuts right out of his living room and kitchen windows. He also enjoyed bowling and won trophies, liked playing pool, and also enjoyed playing the accordion and his daughters would sing with him some Slovenian songs. Clancy and Juanita used to enjoy dancing and going for Sunday drives. He taught his first 4 grandchildren to bowl and they’d go bowling on the weekends. He liked playing basketball with his grandchildren. He was a huge part of his grandkids lives. He split all his own wood for his wood furnace by hand (no wood splitter for him) until he was 86 years old. He had a good sense of humor, always telling jokes. He liked to golf and enjoyed eating out mostly at Chippewa Family Restaurant. He enjoyed carpentry work always helping the kids fix up their houses and teaching his kids new tricks. He was an avid Packer fan. He was a jack of all trades he could do everything. He loved spending time with his grandkids and taking bike rides. He was always there to help anyone if they needed it. He never had anything negative to say. He was a Happy Go Lucky guy. He was a loving, caring person to all who knew him.
Funeral services will be held at Noon Thursday, November 29 at Holy Ghost Church in Chippewa Falls. Rev. Victor Inbaraj will be celebrant of the funeral Mass. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery in Chippewa Falls. Military rites will be conducted by the Chippewa Falls Patriotic Council.
Friends may call from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, November 28 and until 11:30 a.m. Thursday at the Horan Funeral Home in Chippewa Falls. The Knights of Columbus Goldsmith Council will recite the rosary at 4 p.m. and there will be a Christian Vigil Service at 5 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.
The family would like to thank the staff on the 6th floor at Sacred Heart Hospital.
Family and friends may express condolences online at www.horanfuneralhome.com