Emory Colin Clippert

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Emory Colin Clippert

Emory Colin Clippert, 89, of Kennebunk, Maine, died on Friday, August 15, 2014 at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough, Maine.

Emory was born in Rochester, Michigan on March 8, 1925 to Alvin and Lily Mae (Olson) Clippert. He grew up in Troy, Michigan where he attended local schools. He served his country with distinction in the Army Air Corps during World War II in the 461st Bomb Group, 766th Bomb Squadron in the European Theatre. Emory was the proud recipient of the Purple Heart Medal for wounds received, during his service. His plane was shot down over Germany in 1944, and he was injured, captured and held in a German prisoner of war hospital for seven months. After completing his term in the military, Emory enrolled at Adrian College in Michigan, graduating with his bachelors degree in chemistry. In 1950 he married Ruth C. Eno, and together they raised four children and shared 62 years of marriage until her death in 2013.

After Emory finished his education he taught junior high school science before taking a position with the quality control lab at Ford Motor Company in Dearborn, Michigan. After seven years of employment with Ford, Emory relocated to Maine where he joined the professional staff at the University of New Hampshire in Durham, working for 28 years in the quality control laboratory. Emory retired in 1985 and moved to Florida with his wife to seek out warmer weather. They stayed in Florida until returning to Maine in 2010 to be closer to family. He was a very civic minded person and was active in volunteering with the Boy Scouts and Methodist church youth groups. In Florida he was active with the Disabled American Veterans and the American Ex-Prisoners of War organizations, serving in various offices over the years. Emory was a devoted husband, father and grandfather. He will be remembered as a kind and loving man and will be deeply missed by his family and friends.

Emory was predeceased by his wife, Ruth Clippert and by 11 siblings.

Surviving are four children, Laura Lyons of Portland, John Clippert and his wife Judy of Westminster, MD, Lisa Brunelle and her husband Bruce of Sanford, and Alec Clippert and his wife Jody of Berwick; 11 grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Lily Mae Weaver of Oscoda, Michigan.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 PM on Wednesday, August 27 at the Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home, 580 Main Street, Springvale, Maine. A funeral service will be held at the funeral home at 10:00 AM on Thursday, August 28. Interment with military honors will follow at the Southern Maine Veterans Cemetery located on Stanley Road in Springvale.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff at Atria Kennebunk and the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough for the care and compassion shown to Emory and his family during his period of declining health.

Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675 or online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Arrangements are under the direction of Black Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, Sanford-Springvale.

To leave a message of condolence for the family please visit www.blackfuneralhomes.com.

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Carll-Heald & Black Funeral Home
580 Main St
Springvale, ME 04083
(207) 324-4104
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Published in Fosters from Aug. 25 to Aug. 28, 2014
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