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Hugh Clary

RETIRED MAJOR HUGH VALENTINE CLARY, JR.

Of Chatsworth, CA passed away on September 9, 2013 after a brief battle with cancer.

Clary was born in Pocomoke City, MD to Hugh V. Clary and Helen Mae Bowie. At 18 years old, he joined the service and at 20 he married Sue Howell, with whom he had three children. He became a commissioned officer in 1953, was a member of Air Sea Rescue in Japan for four years, served as a missile safety officer at Vandenberg AFB, CA from 1960 to 1970, where he was a key member of the Atlas Missile Program. After retiring in 1970, Clary worked briefly for US Customs and Immigration before returning to his love of the Air Force through civil service as Safety Manager at El Segundo, CA where he served for twenty-two years.

After retirement, Clary and wife Sue served as docents at the Los Angeles Zoo and manned the voting polls in Chatsworth for many years. He was an active member of Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), Southern California Industrial Safety Society (SCISS) and National Association of Retired Federal Employees (NARFE).

He enjoyed travelling, cruising, and the company of his friends and family. He is survived by Sue, his wife of 63 years; daughter, Susan Clary and her husband Hudson Marquez of Los Angeles, CA; daughter, Kimberly Meeks and her husband Howard Meeks of Las Vegas, NV; and was preceded in death by son, Hugh V. Clary, III.

Services will be held at 10:00 a.m., on Friday, September 13th, at the chapel at Oakwood Memorial Park Cemetery in Chatsworth, CA with Interment to follow.

Published in Los Angeles Daily News on Sept. 12, 2013
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