CLYDE — Clair Folk, 87, Clyde, died Monday, July 14, 2014, at The Bellevue Care Center in Bellevue. He was born to Willie and Bertha Folk in Bellevue, on Aug. 7, 1926. He was the youngest of ten children - five brothers and four sisters, now all deceased.
He graduated from York High School in 1944. He served in WWII in Okinawa with the 27th Division. When the war ended he flew into Japan from Okinawa and was one of the first Americans into Japan. The 27th Division was ordered home, but since he didn't have enough points to come home, he volunteered for the 11th Airborne Division and went through parachute school in Sendai and Sapporro Japan. He then worked in Army intelligence in the 11th Airborne Division.
He married Phyllis Streeter on May 18, 1947 and she survives. They had two children, Carol (Robert) Bishop and Ronald Folk, both of Clyde; three grandchildren: Dawn Distel, Eric Hall (deceased), and Rhonda (Johnny) Montgomery; six great-grandchildren: Kirsten and Megan Albright; Jenna and Audrey Distel; Alec and Nathan Montgomery.
He worked 40 years as a toolmaker, retiring from New Departure after 21 years. He was a member of the Mt. Carmel Methodist Church, where he served as head usher for a time, as well as other offices of the church. He later became a member of First United Methodist Church in Clyde.
He enjoyed traveling and time spent in Florida. Also, he enjoyed wood working, gardening, reading, and spending time with his family. He was a member of Clyde VFW Post 3343 and American Legion Post 0046.
Visitation will be Friday, July 18, from 10 to 11 a.m., at the First United Methodist Church, 510 W. Maple Street, Clyde. A memorial service will be held Friday, July 18, at 11 a.m., at the church, with Rev. Ray Kovach officiating. Mitchell-Auxter Funeral Home, Clyde is assisting the family with the arrangements. Memorials may be given to First United Methodist Church, Clyde or Clyde VFW. Online condolences may be shared at www.auxterfuneralhomes.com.