Clarence Walter Horn, 103, of Wadena passed away on July 13, 2008, at Fair Oaks Lodge in Wadena.
He was born on May 20, 1905 to Martin P. and Catherine (Phelps) Horn in Verndale. He married Eva Chase on Dec. 29, 1928, in Long Prairie. They farmed in the Verndale area from 1929 to 1943 when they went into the grocery and meat market business in Verndale until 1947. That business was sold and a grocery store in Clarissa was purchased in 1948. After it sold they moved to Wadena where he had two grocery stores and was a wholesale grocery salesman for Steinkraus Wholesale Grocery Warehouse for 11 years. In 1959 he became a car salesman for Jim Larson Ford for one year, Nightengale Motors for four years, Ken Stuntebeck Ford for 17 years, and Kals Kars for four years. Eva passed away on July 15, 1983. He married Wilma Detrick on June 8, 1984 in Wadena. He retired in 1985 to become an RSVP.
He was a member of the Wadena United Methodist Church, Wadena Masonic Lodge 156/Wadena Chapter 66, Fergus Falls Alfa Council #8, Wadena Commandry # 29, El Zagal Shrine Fargo, N.D., Eastern Star of Verndale, dual member of Eastern Star Wadena, Associate Guardian for Job's Daughters, past member and Exhalted Ruler of Wadena Elks Lodge, past member of Wadena Chamber of Commerce, International Peace Garden Lodge of Free Mason of North Dakota, Canada, and Minnesota, with life memberships in all the organizations. Clarence was awarded the Hiram Award Grand Lodge of Minnesota in 1993, Wadena County Outstanding Senior Citizen Award in 1988, Wadena Chamber of Commerce Community Service Award in 1991, and Wadena County Outstanding Citizen in 1992.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, July 16 in the United Methodist Church in Wadena with the Rev. Shirley Nelson officiating. Pallbearers were Stan Fetters, Dave Erickson, Jr., Bill McIntire, Al Friese, Chris Klein, and Paul Maki. Interment was in Greenlawn Cemetery in Verndale. Johnson Memorial Home was in charge of the arrangements.
In lieu of flowers Clarence requested memorials to the Shrine Burn & Children's Hospital, the Knight's Templar Eye Foundation and the Masonic Memorial Cancer Hospital.
He is survived by son, Duane, of Sheridan, Wyo., six grandchildren and many great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren; brother, Richard of New England, ND; and sisters, Arlene Ferley of West Fargo, ND, and Marilyn Lynch of Alexandria.
He was preceded in death by wives, Eva and Wilma; son, Phillip; brothers, Kermith, Carl, Clifford, and LeRoy; and sisters, Vera Horn, Bernice Pilgrim, Mildred Weber, and Laura Swedeskey.