Sgt. Clyde William Elmer, USAR retired, passed from this life Sept. 26, 2012. He was 79 years old.
Born Jan. 24, 1933, in Duncan, Clyde was the sixth of eight children born to George and Janie Elmer. He spent his childhood in Duncan, living and working on his family farm and also working for the local dairy farm.
In 1950, at the start of the Korean War, Clyde enlisted in the United States Air Force. He completed a total of four overseas tours of duty in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, eventually transferring from the Air Force to the United States Army, and finally retiring after 26 total years of military service from the United States Army Reserves. For his service, he received five Good Conduct Medals, a National Defense Service Medal, the Korean Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the United Nations Service Medal, the Vietnam Cross of Gallantry with Palm, the Army Commendation Medal and the Air Force Service Longevity Award with Bronze Oak Leaf Cluster.
After his military service, Clyde retired to Clifton. He worked for Phelps Dodge for several years before deciding to go back to school with the goal of becoming a teacher. He earned an associate of arts degree from Mesa Community College and an associate of applied science degree from the Eastern Arizona College. He went on to become a certified educator through the Arizona Department of Education, and he substituted in Clifton Schools for many years.
Clyde was an active member of the American Legion in Clifton and in Duncan and firmly believed in their missions to mentor young people and volunteer in the community. He was also a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, a faithful man who was renowned for his peaceful spirit and benevolence.
He is survived by his beloved sisters, Genevieve (Emilio) Mendoza of Clifton and Mary Madrigal and June Neeley of Safford; and his treasured brothers, Alvin (Betty) Elmer of Duncan and Roy Martinez of Ohio; along with numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, George and Janie Elmer; sisters, Magdalena Hernandez, Maggie Ann Roybal and Stella Baray; and his brother, Wilford Elmer
Clyde will be remembered by his family as a loving brother and uncle and a kind and loving man who never complained, as ever, forever.
Funeral services for Clyde will be conducted Monday, Oct. 1, at 11 a.m. at the Duncan LDS Stake Center.
The family will receive friends Sunday, Sept. 30, from 5 until 7 p.m. at the Vining Funeral Home and Monday from 10 to 10:45 a.m. at the Duncan LDS Stake Center Relief Society Room. Online condolences may be offered at viningfuneralhome. com. Arrangements are entrusted to Vining Funeral Home.