“I took art classes when I was 89 years old. I love oil painting and watercolor. It’s possible I had painted close to 100 paintings, or maybe more…I’ve lost count.”
Clarence was married to his wife, Helen, for 57 years until her passing in 2004. They loved to travel. They visited 48 out of the 50 states in the country (except North Dakota and Hawaii), Canada, Jerusalem, Cairo, Rome, Belgium, Holland, France, Germany and Switzerland. But they had this to say, “Indiana is hard to beat. Southern Indiana is the best!”
Secret to a successful marriage
“Married life was the best years of my life. We have 5 children and we were married 57 years. You must love and be devoted to one another. We never had a heated argument, and if we did have a disagreement, we always talked it out. We always sleep together, other than when she was in the hospital.”
Secret to longevity
“Oh, I don’t know…I led a good Christian life. I go to the Lutheran church in Napoleon.”
Clarence passed away at age 102. He is survived by 14 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.