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Clarence Lavern Zahn

May 6, 1925 ~ November 7, 2017 (age 92)

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Clarence Lavern Zahn born on May 6,1925 

Passed away on November 7, 2017   He was 92 years old.

He is survived by his wife, Esther and two sons, Kenn and wife, Jean, from Yakima, WA, and Don and wife, Peggy from Richland, WA; two grandchildren, Christi Duvic and husband, Philip, from The Dalles, OR, and Mike Zahn and wife, Erin, from Tumwater, WA; and two great grandchildren, Rachel and William from Tumwater WA. 

He is also survived by two sisters Mardel Lint and Hazel Rublack of Iowa and numerous nieces and nephews. 

He was preceded in death by his father (John) and mother (Verna) and by 5 brothers and 4 sisters. 

He met the love of his life Esther in April of 1946 after serving in WWII and they were married in Grandview, WA on November 26, 1946. He was a devoted husband and father for over 70 years.

Clarence is a WWII Purple Heart veteran who served in the Army in Europe from late 1943 to early 1946. 

He worked for the City of Grandview as assistant fire chief, police department, and Public Water Works department eventually becoming director of Public Water Works before he retired in 1983. 

Clarence has always been an outdoor person who loved to go fishing, hunting and camping. He has also enjoyed wood working along with lapidary projects. One of his latest projects was fixing bicycles and giving them to children that could not afford one.  He was a member of the Odd Fellows and Rebekah’s, Eagles, and Good Sam club, he was a life time member of the Grandview American Legion, VFW and DAV.

He was a wonderful loving husband and father. His knowledge of life will be missed by his family and friends. He was very loved and will be greatly missed.

A service to honor Clarence's life will be held in Grandview, WA, Wednesday, November 15, at 2pm, with a family viewing at 12 pm, followed by public viewing at 1pm. The service will be held at the Smith Funeral Home in Grandview, 512 East 4th Street, 98930.

Their website:  has a guest book to view his obituary and any photos you wish to share.

Graveside Interment Service will be held on Thursday November 16, 2017 in the Tahoma National Cemetery in Kent, WA as he was a WW II veteran. The service/burial is scheduled to start at 11:30 am sharp. We recommend you be there by no later than 11:15 am to queue for direction to the burial site.

Address: 18600 SE 240TH ST, KENT, WA 98042 
(425) 413-9614

In lieu of flowers or gifts, we offer the suggestion to make a donation to the Lower Valley Hospice, “Heartlinks Hospice Care”,  in Sunnyside, WA who provided excellent care for Clarence in his last days. Or to your local Hospice care organization.   Smith Funeral Home in care of arrangements


 Service Information

November 15, 2017

1:00 PM to 2:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home, Grandview
512 E. 4th Street
Grandview, WA 98930

Funeral Service
November 15, 2017

2:00 PM
Smith Funeral Home, Grandview
512 E. 4th Street
Grandview, WA 98930

November 16, 2017

11:30 AM
Tahoma National Cemetery
18600 SE 240th St.
Kent, WA 98042

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