Age 90, of Freeport died at 2:41 p.m. Wednesday, May 14, 2014, in Longmeadow Care
Center, Ravenna. He was born Aug. 17, 1923, in Wellsburg, W.Va.; a son of the late Paul Brycland Lannum and Docie Hiles Lannum. He graduated in 1941 from Wellsburg High School and graduated from Graceland College in Lamoni, Iowa. He earned his Bachelor's Degree in Business Education from West Liberty University, West Liberty, W.Va.; and his Master's Degree in Business Education from Bowling Green University, Bowling Green, Ohio. He was in the 7th Cavalry Division of U.S. Army stationed Ft. Riley, Kansas. Clarence was a Technical Sergeant during World War II entering in 1943 and serving in New Guinea, Admiralty, and the Philippines. He was awarded the following: Three Battle Stars, a Bronze Star, and a Combat Infantryman's Badge with Oak Leaf Cluster for his service. Clarence was the business education teacher for Freeport High School and Lakeland High School. He worked the summers at Tappan Lake Park for several years. He retired from teaching high school in 1980. He also taught business education classes at Kent State University Tuscarawas Branch and continued to do so until he was 80 years old.
His met his wife, Edna Joyce Kinsey Lannum in 1950 at Freeport High School where they were both teaching. They were married Aug. 27, 1952 in Wellsburg, W.Va. Clarence and Joyce formed the Deersville Community Players and directed numerous productions over the years. Clarence was in charge of the box office and was treasurer of the organization for many years. Also surviving are a daughter, Frances Pauline "Fassie" Streely of Ravenna; two granddaughters: Lisbeth (Matthew) Tipton and Ashley Chandler, both of Murrells Inlet, S.C.; and his newest love, his great-granddaughter and little miracle baby, Paitynn Kennedy Tipton; and three nephews: Terry Pasinetti, Thomas Pasinetti, and Timothy Pasinetti; and several great-nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Pauline Pasinetti.
Visitation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 23, 2014 in Koch Funeral Home, 216 S. High Street, Freeport, Ohio. Military services will begin at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, May 24, 2014, at Deersville Community Hall. A celebration of Clarence's life will follow with Pastor David Koch, Pastor Jim McConnell, and Greg Milleson conducting the service. Following Clarence's wishes, his body has been cremated. In lieu of flowers the family has requested memorial contributions be made in Clarence's memory to the Freeport Lakeland Alumni Scholarship Fund or the Deersville Community Players.
Koch Funeral Home
216 S High St Freeport, OH 43973
Published in The Times Reporter on May 18, 2014