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LAVALE Kermit Paul Clower, age 91, of LaVale, died Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at Western Maryland Regional Medical Center, in Cumberland.
Kermit is the son of the late Hubert O. Clower and Hettie Lafayette (Miller) Clower. He is also predeceased by his (5) brothers; William Blair, Eugene Osceola, John Grove III, Ira Glen "Dutch" and Hubert Lynn "Bud" Clower and (2) sisters; Margaret Magdaline Powers and Winifred Maxine Clower.
He is survived by his loving wife of 71 years, Maxine W. Clower of LaVale; (2) sons, Paul Clower (wife, Jeanne) of Romney, W.Va. and Michael W. Clower (wife, Vicki) of Bruceton Mills, W.Va.; (5) grandchildren, Chris, Shawn, Evan, Elissa and Vanessa, (13) great-grandchildren, Jared, Jordan, Tyler, Layne, Morgan, Mason, Olivia, Daron, Berkeley, Laurel, Luke, Rylee and Reagan and a great-great grandchild, Knoxx.
Kermit was born and raised at Mechanicsburg Gap, just West of Romney on Rt. 50. He started school at the Parker School, then attended Romney High School. Kermit did not graduate, not then anyway, and went to work on the family farm. He always felt much was learned by hard work and thru serving his country in the U.S. Army. Later, Kermit earned his diploma from Allegany High in Cumberland. He was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1944, reenlisting and staying until 1947. Kermit was in combat for 9+ months, suffering a substantial back injury, that followed him through his life. His final stretch in the Army was at Richland in Hanford, Wash., where he served in security for the Manhattan Project (atomic energy).
Kermit's personal life took a turn for the best when he met, and soon married, Maxine Westfall. They resided in the State of Washington and started their family with Paul arriving in 1947 and following up with Mike in 1950. Moving home to Romney, Kermit worked for his brother at Hampshire Construction and Coal Mining until 1956 when he went to work for Rish Equipment in Frostburg, retiring in 1985. Kermit would have preferred to keep working, however, his back injury during the war dictated a different plan. Earlier in life, Kermit spent lots of time with his family, taking his boys hunting, fishing, swimming, ice skating and other activities that make him a lovingly remembered father. He belonged to the VFW, American Legion and the Church of The Nazarene in Romney and LaVale where he was very active. In church, Kermit was honored to receive The Distinguished Service Award. In later years, Kermit found pleasure in sports on TV, NASCAR and reading. He was well read and had an extensive library at home that included a remarkable collection of World War II literature.
On a more personal level, Kermit never shied away from a friendly argument, in particularly with Maxine, and was the first to admit he had never, ever won a debate with her. He wasn't above becoming quite animated when watching politics on TV, up to and including throwing a shoe or two at the television. Needless to say, there were many occasions for lots of laughter and fun. Anyone who knew him knew that his family was everything. His grandchildren were the center of his universe and he dearly loved them all. He will be remembered as a fine husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Friends will be received on Saturday, Oct. 7, 2017, from 2 to 4 p.m. at Shaffer Funeral Home in Romney, where funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017, with the Rev. Gary Smith officiating.
Interment will be at Indian Mound Cemetery in Romney.
Please direct inquires to Shaffer Funeral Home, 304.822.3511
Published on October 6, 2017
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