Clarence "Clary" Inda
Clary was born in Milwaukee Wisconsin in April 1922. He graduated Bayview High school and joined the Marines from 1943-1945. He served active duty in Guadalcanal, New Georgia Island, Russell Island and New Caledonia. He was a Polish Catholic gentleman. As an adult he enjoyed bicycle riding, music, and tending his garden.
He met his beloved first wife Helen while she was a bus driver for the Navy. He recalled the encounter and said
"While in South Carolina I got on a base bus. I planned to spend my day of liberty in Charleston. I was the only passenger on the bus at the time so I chose to sit directly behind the bus driver. I saw that on the back of her jacket someone had written 'yap, yap'. She explained that it had been written there because she talked too much. Helen was her name and she kindly offered me some cookies her mother had sent her. Helen asked me where I was from and I said 'Milwaukee', with an excited yelp Helen told me she was from Kenosha, just 40 miles from Milwaukee. We soon discovered we were both Polish, Catholic, I 23, she 21."
Clary would say that this accounts for how they married. Together they raised their 5 children; Kathleen, Mark, Daryl, Gayle, and Brian. Clarence was a carpenter by trade and made many quality cabinets, bars, and desks.
After their children left home the couple decided it was time for a big change. They moved to Beverly Hills, Florida in 1988. Two years later sadly Helen passed away.
Clarence remarried in 1997. His wife, Neoma Minock, and he enjoyed traveling around the USA. Neoma had a daughter and son in law, Annette and Sal Peri. Annette and Sal had 3 daughters; Alexandra, Nikki, and Tiffany. This wonderful relationship with them was a blessing. Their support and love brought Clarence much joy throughout the years to come.
He began playing trombone in local community bands like Jericho Brass, Center Stage Band, Citrus Concert Band, and Nature Coast Community Band, He made so many wonderful musical memories with his fellow artists. Thank you to all the dear friends that he made along the way. Your support was appreciated and did not go unnoticed.
When his later wife passed away in 2008 it was music and his good friends that sustained him. There have been so many music buddies that have taken his under their wings. He proudly played trombone until the age of 94.
Services will be held at Fero Funeral Home on Friday, April 9, 2021 from 12:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Published in Citrus County Chronicle on Apr. 8, 2021.