Clarence Wilbur Trimpe, 86, of Seymour, passed away at 7:25 a.m. Tuesday, March 25, 2014, at Lutheran Community Home.
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Born in Jackson County, he was the youngest son of Fredrich William and Mary Sarah (Schafstall) Trimpe. He lived his entire life in the house in which he was born.
Clarence never retired and enjoyed farming all of his life. He enjoyed growing sweet corn and making peanut brittle to give away to family, friends and neighbors. He started a welding business, C. Trimpe Original Hard Surface Bars Inc., in 1967, and it is still operated by two of his sons, Ralph and Donald. He helped start the first volunteer fire department for Jackson County in the 1960s. He was an active, lifelong member of Immanuel Lutheran Church and attended Immanuel Lutheran School.
On Dec. 11, 1948, he married Mary Margaret Rentschler, who survives. Other survivors include six children, Beverly (Tom) Rust, Columbus, Dorothy (Dan) Schepman, Crothersville, Ralph (Susan) Trimpe, Seymour, Roger (Susie) Trimpe, North Vernon, Donald (Tami) Trimpe, North Vernon, and Robert (Kim) Trimpe, Noblesville; nine grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and eight siblings, Omer, Amanda, Viola "Sally," Evelyn, Virgil, Leonard "Dick," Carl "Bill" and Lawrence "Tom."
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Immanuel Lutheran Church with the Rev. Ralph Blomenberg, the Rev. Philip Bloch, the Rev. Jimmy Rodriguez and Vicar Mark Huff officiating. Burial will follow at Lutheran Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2 to 6 p.m. Friday at Burkholder Funeral Chapel and from
10 a.m. until time of service Saturday at the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to Immanuel Lutheran Church, Immanuel School, Zion Lutheran School or Trinity Lutheran High School.
Remembrances, a video and condolences can be shared at www.burkholderfuneralchapel.com.
Burkholder Funeral Chapel
419 N Chestnut Street Seymour, IN 47274
Published in Tribune from Mar. 26 to Apr. 3, 2014