Clyde Robert Cowfer Jr., 94, went home to his Lord on 23 September 2018. Born 13 June 1924 in Copley, Ohio to Clyde Sr. and Margaretta (Simcox) Cowfer. Clyde attended Coventry schools through the 10th grade before being drafted into the U.S. Army in March 1943 at the age of 18. He was given an honorary diploma from Wadsworth High School in 2010, in gratitude for his service.
Clyde is preceded in death by his parents; sister, Ethel Irene; brothers, Robert, Clarence, Vernon, and Donald Cowfer; two infant sons, and son David P. Cowfer.
He is survived by wife Maxine (Parsons) Cowfer; children, Daniel K. (Mary) Cowfer of Kenosha, Wisconsin and Lynda J. (Gary) Hockensmith of Wadsworth, Ohio; nine grandchildren and six great grandchildren; as well as many other caring relatives and friends.
Clyde was a hardworking and kindhearted family man. He lived and worked in Wadsworth for over seventy years. He managed the Isaly’s diner downtown and was employed as a rubber worker for many years, finally retiring at age 89 from Qualiform Rubber Molding Company. When not working, Clyde could be found enjoying his time building sets for the Wadsworth High School Theater Department, tinkering in his woodshop, loved Southern gospel music, watching the Cleveland Indians, and playing golf as much as possible at Pine Valley Golf Course with his buddies Dave, Steve, and Butch. He had been an active member of Grace & Truth Church (Wadsworth) and Calvary Baptist Church (Rittman). Clyde enjoyed serving the Lord in many church capacities and traveled on mission trips with Summit Missions International. He was a current member of Ambassador Baptist Church in Wadsworth.
Clyde’s love, sweet spirit and thoughtfulness left lasting impressions on everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him. Maxine, his wife, has been blessed in knowing his love for 74 years. They were married on Christmas Eve 1943, just five days before Clyde left for two years of military service. He was a World War II veteran and served with the XIX Corps headquarters as a cook and rifleman. His service took him to England, France, Belgium, Holland, and Germany. He was honorably discharged on 21 December 1945. Clyde came back from the war and made a life and a home in Wadsworth, raising his family, working, and sharing his skills and easygoing nature with the community. A kinder man you’ll never meet.
Calling hours will be held Monday, 1 October 2018 from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Ambassador Baptist Church, 620 Trease Rd., Wadsworth, with a service directly to follow. Interment will take place Tuesday 2 October 2018 at 12:30 p.m. at Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery, 10175 Rawiga Rd. Seville, Ohio. Please meet at the Welcome Center at 12:15pm.
In lieu of flowers a donation in Clyde’s name can be made to Summit Missions International, P.O. Box 638, Green, Ohio 44232 or www.summitmissions.org