Clair Dwight Stotlar, 82, of Newbury Township, died Friday, Sept. 27, 2013, at his residence.
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He was born Nov. 19, 1930, in Whipple, the son of Dora A. (Tennant) and Herbert L. Stotlar.
Clair graduated from Bainbridge High School and received his degrees from Kent State and Cleveland State Universities. Clair served in the U.S. Air Force from 1950 to 1954 in Korea. He married Jean Niemi on Aug. 31, 1957. He was a paper tester at Chase Bag Co., a metallurgical technician at Republic Steel Research Center, and was a teacher in general science, earth science, and aviation at Newbury High School. His hobbies included his love for aviation, he had his private pilot license and enjoyed vintage plane restoration. He was an active member of EAA5 in Middlefield and the VFW Post 633 in Newbury.
He will be missed by his friends and loving family: his wife of 56 years, Jean; two sons, Douglas (Julie) Stotlar of Ann Arbor, Mich., and Jeffrey (Gail) Stotlar of Newbury; five grandchildren, Jacqueline, Nathan, David, Steven and Trevor; three brothers, Richard (Judy) of Boston, Va., Stanley (Peg) of Red House, W. Va., and James (Suzanne) of Perris, Calif.; and nephews and nieces, Richard, Michael, Jason, Jay, Christopher, Leslie and Sara.
Clair was preceded in death by his parents, Dora and Bert; his granddaughter, Lauren; his brother, Robert; and his sisters, Joanne Ettinger and Linda Reed.
A private graveside service will be held.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Hospice of the Western Reserve.
Russell Funeral Service in Middlefield assisted with arrangements. Online condolences at www.russellfuneralservicesusa.com.
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Published in www.News-Herald.com on Sept. 28, 2013