William Allen Clendenin
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Norfolk - William Allen (Al) Clendenin, age 89, died January 19, 2013 at Virginia Beach General Hospital, Virginia Beach, VA. Al was the foster son of the late Harry and Virginia Scott of Moundsville, West Virginia. He was also preceded in death by his wife of 52 years, Julia E. Clendenin, a son, William A. Clendenin Jr.; and a step-son, Mark R. Sterner.
He is survived by his sister, June Hagan of Castile, NY; a step-son, Thomas G. Sterner (wife Luanne) of Leavenworth, KS; son, Stephen S. Clendenin (Judy) of San Mateo, CA; daughter-in-law Jeanne D. Clendenin of Honolulu, HI; son, Jon D. Clendenin (Fenton) of Ashburn, VA; son Don E. Clendenin (Patty) of Stamford, CT; and son Robert E. Clendenin (Debra) of Virginia Beach, VA; 11 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.
Al was a long-time resident of 5312 Roslyn Drive in the River Oaks subdivision of Norfolk, Virginia. He purchased the family home in 1954 and was a charter member of the community. He lived there for nearly 60 years.
He was born August 5, 1923 in Duhring, West Virginia. Most of his early childhood was spent in the Woodsdale Children's Home in Wheeling, West Virginia. In 1935 he went to live with his foster parents, Harry and Virginia Scott on their farm in Limestone, West Virginia. He enlisted in the Naval Reserve on May 17, 1940. He served for the duration of World War II, with duty on various destroyers, hunting enemy submarines and escorting convoys in the Atlantic. He left active duty in September 1945 and began a career as a florist in Wheeling, West Virginia and Columbus Ohio. In April 1951 he returned to active duty for service during the Korean War. He married Julia Green Sterner in February 1953 and they moved to Norfolk, VA, where he was stationed. His Navy career included participation in the first Operation Deep Freeze in Antarctica in 1959, instructor duty at the Teletype School and later the Electronics School, Fleet Training Center, Norfolk Naval Station. In addition to service with the Second Fleet Flag Staff aboard the heavy cruisers USS Northampton, Little Rock and Newport News, he spent his final tour of duty aboard the aircraft carrier USS America. He retired from active duty on June 1, 1967 after 26 years of dedicated service. He embarked on his civilian career in August 1967 as the senior learning evaluator, Electronics School, Fleet Training Center, Norfolk. Upon retirement from civil service in August 1985, he was awarded the prestigious Navy Superior Civilian Service Award. On July 8, 1987, the Navy renamed the Electronics Training Facility (Bldg. N-25A) as "Clendenin Hall" in honor of his many years of service to the Navy in the field of electronics and communication. He spent his retirement years pursuing his hobby of woodworking, traveling the country with Julia in their motor home, enjoying time with family and cheering on the Old Dominion Monarchs. His life epitomizes all that is good and honorable about America's Greatest Generation and he will be missed by his family and friends.
The family will receive friends at Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home, Tidewater Drive Chapel, on Tuesday, Jan. 22, 2013, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. The service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery with full Navy honors. Condolences may be offered to the family at www.hollomon-brown.com
Hollomon-Brown Funeral Home & Crematory
8464 Tidewater Drive Norfolk, VA 23518
Published in The Virginian Pilot on Jan. 21, 2013