OLEAN, N.Y. - Clarence R. Spiller of 412 S. 3rd St., passed away on Sunday (Aug. 17, 2014) in the Absolut at Houghton Nursing Home following a long illness.
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Clarence was born April 23, 1928, in Williamsburg, W.Va., and was a son of the Rev. Maynard D. and Viola C. Kent Spiller. He married Lois J. Easley, who predeceased him in June of 1975. On June 24, 1978, in Olean, he married Gloria A. Broussard, who survives.
Clarence was a 1946 graduate of Stratton High School in Beckley, W.Va. He attended Wilberforce University in Xenia, Ohio, for about one year. Clarence served in the U.S. Army from Jan. 18, 1951, to Jan. 17, 1953. He worked various jobs before he began working for Eck Construction. While working construction, he worked on a number of local buildings including St. Francis Hospital, Bishop Walsh School, the YMCA on Union Street, Portville Central School, the Olean City Building, Cattaraugus County Nursing Home in Machias and the Bridge Crossing on Interstate 86.
Clarence began working as a firefighter for the City of Olean in December 1965. While working as a firefighter he began the Cattaraugus County EMS System, and he, with the help of the SEDA workers, helped build the fireman's training building on Gargoyle Road and named it "Elmore Hall," after his brother-in-law Herbie Elmore, who was shot in the Olean High School sniper attack in 1974. Clarence retired from firefighting in March of 1986 as a lieutenant.
Clarence was a member of the First Baptist Church. He was formerly a member of the Enchanted Mountains Lodge F&AM #252. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, camping, gardening, and traveling.
Along with his loving wife, Clarence is survived by four sons, Reginald W. (Alfreda) Spiller of Houston, Texas, Ronald B. Spiller of Bradford, Pa., Timothy J. (Elizabeth) Spiller and Thomas O. Spiller, both of Olean; four stepdaughters, Mary E. Maynard of Weston Mills, Diana L. (David) Landmeier of Phoenix, Ariz., Sheila A. (Donald) Edwards of Jacksonville, Fla., and Cynthia J. Wilder of Salamanca; one stepson, James R. Wilder of Jacksonville; 29 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren; and twin brothers, the Rev. Donald Spiller of Milton, Pa., and John Spiller of Bridgeport, Conn.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. Monday at the Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc., 646 E. State St., Olean. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Olean First Baptist Church. The Rev. Daniel McDowell, pastor, will officiate. Burial will be in the Mount View Cemetery, Olean.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the
of WNY, 2805 Wehrle Drive STE #6, Williamsville, N.Y. 14221-7380; or to the
Online condolences may be made at www.LetroMcIntoshSpinkFuneralHome.com.
Letro-McIntosh-Spink Funeral Home Inc
646 E State St
Olean, NY 14760
Published in The Bradford Era on Aug. 21, 2014