Clarence grew up on a farm and attended Maple Grove School. He knew the meaning of hard work. He was employed for many years at Mid America Refinery. He then retired after working for 10 years with the Gas and Water Department with the City of Chanute. He had his own spray painting business for about 30 years and was often seen painting tanks, barns, houses, downtown businesses, and even the drive-in theatre screen.
Clarence enjoyed retirement to its fullest, believing keeping busy was the key to staying young. He took great pride in his home and yard and spent many hours repairing small engines for lawn mowers and boats. He restored two tractors, one belonging to his father, to pristine condition. He enjoyed hunting and fishing and was often seen on his daily walks with his girls, his beloved hunting dogs. Clarence especially enjoyed spending time with his family. His caring ways and sense of humor will live on in our hearts forever.
Clarence is survived by his brothers; Lawrence Barr of Yates Center and Chester Barr of Everett, Wash.; his children; Vickie Jenkins of Chanute, Gail and Steve Kingsley of Wichita, Michael and Renee Barr of Humboldt; his grandchildren; Taylor and Alex Jenkins, Ashley and Lance Slieff, Shawna and Tyler Kilian, Carly Peckman; Joab, Jarred, Alyssa, and Eiselee Barr; and Jake, Travis, Rachel, and Cole Kingsley; and his great grandchildren, Alyson Slieff, Lyric Duncan, and Emery Kilian.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday, May 23, 2011 at Penwell-Gabel Funeral Home in Humboldt. Burial will follow in Mt. Hope Cemetery.
The family will receive friends on Sunday, May 22, 2011 from 5 until 6 p.m. at the Penwell-Gabel Humboldt Chapel.
Memorials in his name may be made to The First Baptist Church-Alkaline Youth Ministry and may be left with the funeral home.
Penwell-Gabel Humboldt Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
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