Clarence Alvie Gass
1941 - 2019
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Clarence Alvie Gass Clarence "Clancy" Alvie Gass, 78, of Edgerton, KS passed away Nov. 26, 2019 surrounded by his loved ones as he went to be with his Lord and Savior on November 25, 2019, following a hard-fought battle with cancer. Cremation. The family would be honored if Clarence's loved ones joined them for a celebration of his life on Saturday, November 30 from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at Grace Baptist Church, 640 E. Madison, Gardner, KS. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Grace Baptist Church in Clarence's memory. Arrangements: Bruce Funeral Home, Gardner, KS (913) 856-7111. Condolences may be left at Clarence was born on March 27, 1941 in Tuscumbia, MO to Claude and Effie Gass. He met and quickly fell head-over-heels for Betty June (Malmberg) Gass, often walking 15-miles between Tuscumbia and Iberia to see her. They married on July 28, 1959. Together they raised their family in Prairie Village, KS before moving to their beloved farm in Edgerton. Clarence was a skilled camera repairman, adamantly preaching the quality of film over digital. Clarence and Betty ran Gass Camera Repair in Mission for more than 40 years, not only fixing customers' cameras, but sacrificially and generously spreading love and his faith with everyone he encountered. Clarence was truly rich in what matters most giving and receiving love. He enjoyed singing and playing the guitar, running a total of 69 marathons in his lifetime, mowing, taking photos, and telling stories and jokes. His orneriness, quirky sense of humor, and huge heart have forever touched the lives of countless people. Clarence is preceded in death by his parents: Claude and Effie, his siblings: Artel, Willie, Viola, Francis "Frank", and his daughter, Christina Hillyer. He is survived by his sisters: Juanita and Sue, his wife, Betty, his son, Jim (Julie), his grandchildren: Graceanna (Nate) Ramirez, Caleb (Nilser) Hillyer, Joy (Jesse) Forney, Jason Gass, Jenna Gass, and three great-grandchildren.

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Published in Kansas City Star on Nov. 28, 2019.
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April 7, 2020
My heart aches a bit today, since I read this. I didn't know. Betty and family, you are in my thoughts and prayers. I loved coming by the shop and talking with Clarence about cameras, photography, Jesus and of course, politics. I was sorry to see them close the shop, but I understood, as I have worked in camera shops myself. I am sad to see Clarence gone, but Joyful that He is with The Lord Jesus and I will see him again on day as he plays guitar in the heavenly band.
Til then brother.
Stephen Edwards
January 17, 2020
I just found out about Clarence's passing. My sympathies to his family. Clarence worked on several cameras for me over the past few years and we always struck up an interesting conversation or two. He will be missed.
Mark White
January 8, 2020
What a heartbreak. I didn't find out until today. I ran marathon training thirty milers from his house in PV in 1985 and Clarence was my mentor. His card was the only one given me after my first Boston Marathon in 1986. He was proud of me. We also ran the Grand Canyon together over and back the same day in the late 80's. We ran the Arkansas Marathon together in Mena. I saw Clarence at his farm late this past summer on my way to Baldwin for a grandson baseball game. He was tending the plants in the patio and then we proceeded to have a nice visit at the propane tank he had painted. I am and will miss my dear friend, Clarence.
Marc Hardin
November 29, 2019
I first walked into Clarence's camera repair shop in Mission over 35 years ago. He introduced me to the Rolleiflex camera. I purchased several from him. I stopped in the shop often just to share a few moments with him. He always had good information and would sometimes suggest a camera he thought I should have. He repaired many cameras for me, several as recently as September. I consider Clarence one of the finest people I have known in life and shall miss him very much. His faith was strong and I know he will be welcomed by the Lord.
Ron Schauble
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