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Louis Clendaniel


1936 - 2019
Louis Clendaniel Obituary
On Monday, Sept. 30, 2019 Lou's brief battle with stage four lung cancer and then brain cancer ended. He was 83.

Lou was born in Dover, DE on September 9, 1936 to the late George and Emma Grace Clendaniel. Lou learned the value of hard work, being the oldest of eight children working on their family farm in Maryland. After leaving the farm, he drove tractor trailer for many companies, some of which where Mayflower and Bekins.

In the 1960's, he became an independent owner operator and drove his tractor trailer across country, border to border. In the mid 60's, he taught his now late wife Kathryn to drive truck. They continued to drive together, with the CB handles "Groundshaker" and "Teardrop" until Kathryn's health dictated she stop. In the mid 90's, Lou ended his trucking career to help take care of his wife. Not being one to sit at home, he worked for Star Freight and IDS as a maintenance and training supervisor. He also assisted many contractors and friends. In the late 90's, he started his own "handyman" business, L & K repairs, and added property manager for Rodney Village Shopping Center 13 years ago.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death in death by his wife of 52 years, Kathryn and younger brother Henry.

He is survived by three children; Mary Wischmann, Vanessa Scott, and Greg (Lorraine) Clendaniel; ten grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren with one on the way. He is also survived by four brothers; Carlton, Fred, Herb and Frank; and two sisters Sarah Green and Louise Simmons.

Lou was a very strong Christian that was able to share his faith in a genuine, simple manner with anyone willing to listen. He lived out his faith daily being a devoted dad and helpful neighbor. Dad had a saying: "he'd never met a stranger." One of his joys in life was going to local "singings," meeting with friends and singing gospel music himself.

Friends may call on Sunday, October 6th from 5:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. at Trinity Wesleyan Church (TWC) on South State Street, Dover.

A brief viewing will be held on Monday, October 7th at 10:00 A.M., followed by the funeral at 11 at TWC.

He will be buried at Sharon Hills and all are invited to a celebration of life meal following the burial at the TWC gym. Letters of condolences can be sent to www.traderfh.com
Published in The Star Democrat on Oct. 4, 2019
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