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OBITUARY

Wayne Lyle Clevenger

June 8, 1943March 21, 2020

Wayne L. Clevenger, age 76, passed away after battling lung cancer on March 21, 2020 at his home with his family in Captiva, Florida. Mr. Clevenger was born in Newport, Tennessee and raised in Cleveland, Ohio where he graduated from Cuyahoga Heights High School in 1961 and Case Western Reserve University in 1965. He also earned a Master's degree from Columbia University’s Business School in 1981. His career included the US Army (from 1966 to 1968), Ford Motor Company, Exide Battery Company, International Nickel, DLJ, Lexington Investment Company and since 1989 a founder and managing director of MidMark Capital. He served on the board of directors for more than 50 companies including 4 public companies. His favorite, as an independent director for over 21 years, was with the Boler Company, a large family owned business headquartered in the Chicago area. For more than 10 years he was a founder, minority shareholder, and a board member of AVO Carbon, a global carbon brush business headquartered in Luxembourg. Mr. Clevenger was also a Visiting Committee Member of the College of Arts and Sciences for CWRU and a member of his high school’s academic hall of fame. Other community and career related interests included serving as VP of Economic Development, President of a local Industrial Association, President of an elementary PTA, Advisor to a Technical Education Center, Chairman of the Annual United Fund, and the recipient of the key to the city when he and his family moved from Sumter, South Carolina. Additionally in other capacities he served as President of the Northeastern Regional Association of Small Business Companies, a member of the Board of Governors of the National Association of Small Business Investment Companies and his company received a number of Industry awards including the designation the Regional Company of the Year in 1999 for SPD Technology and the National Company of the year in 2003 for Lansinoh. Mr. Clevenger attended St Isabel’s Catholic Church on Sanibel Island, Florida and previously was a longstanding member of Holy Trinity Church in Westfield, New Jersey. He is preceded in death by his father Elmer, mother Stella, and brother Harley. He is survived by his wife Charlotte (Skoda) Clevenger, his two children, son Patrick and his wife Klara, daughter Lisa and her husband Sean, his sister Linda, and his four grandchildren, Magdalena, Aaron, Estella and Summer. Relatives and friends will be invited to a memorial celebration of his life in addition to Mass at Holy Trinity Church in Westfield, New Jersey at a time and date to be determined in the coming weeks in order to facilitate safe travel and gathering. In lieu of flowers, the family requests all donations be sent to the Cleveland Foundation c/o Cuyahoga Heights High School Alumni Scholarship Fund.

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Harry Burker

March 26, 2020

My deepest sympathies to Charlotte and her family in the loss of my dear friend, Wayne Clevenger, who I met many years ago and who played an important role in my business and personal life. In the process of working closely with Wayne as co-directors on Boards of major companies, he proved a model of competence and integrity for us all. We will miss his friendship and valuable contributions.
Harry S. Burker. Jr.

James and Julia Opalek

March 25, 2020

Dear Charlotte and Family,
Julie and I offer you our heartfelt sympathy at Wayne's passing. We have happy memories of your visit to Cleveland some years ago where we enjoyed a family reunion at Sterle's. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Cousin Jim and wife Julie

Anthony and Trish De Stefano

March 25, 2020

Our condolences to Patrick, Lisa and the whole family. We are deeply sorry for your loss. Although we never met Wayne, all of the great characteristics used to describe him clearly shine brightly through his children. What a priceless gift and mark he left to the world. We are praying for your family’s healing and peace at this time.

Larry Colangelo

March 25, 2020

I am so sorry Charlotte. My heart goes out to you, Patrick, Lisa and all of your family and friends.
It was my good fortune to meet Wayne more than 25 years ago.
A great man and a great family.
One of the smartest and most caring people I know.
A great freind, fantastic negotiator (I think he trained Columbo) and partner.
Wayne opened the door for me and countless others too many of the greatest success stories in the history of American business.
May Wayne rest in peace.

Tracy Ziemek

March 25, 2020

My condolences to Charlotte and the family. Wayne was my sister Susan's Godfather. My sister's and I knew them as Aunt Charlotte and Uncle Wayne growing up. I know that my parent's are deeply saddened by the news of his passing. My mom and dad have known Wayne since elementary school. I will keep the family in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time.

Tracy Eyerdom

Raymond Keen

March 24, 2020

I knew Wayne at Adelbert College, the undergraduate men's college of Western Reserve University in Cleveland. He was a year behind me, and we both were members of the fraternity, Beta Theta Pi. That is how I came to know Wayne.

Wayne was one of the sweetest and smartest men in our fraternity, also gifted with a great sense of humor. We realized in our fraternity that this was a young man who would go far, as indeed he did.

Always helpful and always ready to solve problems, he will be sorely missed by all who knew and loved him.

Special condolences to Wayne's wonderful wife Charlotte, and his two children Patrick and Lisa for their grievous loss.

Raymond Keen
Sahaurita, AZ

Patricia Klir

March 24, 2020

The Class of '61 is saddened by the loss of Wayne. He was always there with a smile on his face. He was a joy to be around and will be fondly remembered. Dr. Seus said, "Don't cry because it is over. Smile because it happened." We will all smile at the memories of being with Wayne. He has positively affected so many with his many accomplishments.
All our love to Charlotte and their family.
Patsy Hazel Klir, representing the Class of '61

Jeannette Chipka

March 24, 2020

Wayne certainly was the most awesome human being.....to give all a note, I am sure he touched all your lives, but my granddaughter was at BW her senior year, in a dance a thon earning money for cerebral palsy, he saw my post and donated to her. He never met her or my daughter, but was such a generous person...I will remember him always.💞My prayers go out to his wife, Charlotte, sister Linda, his entire family and especially his grandchildren who were his pride and joy. His love was unsurpassed by none.

Speaking for many from our High School Class of 1961, many are now gone, but I can honestly say every one of our classmates loved Wayne. No matter who you were, popular or not, he treated everyone the same, with his unique smile and sincere caring. He followed his early years making him the awesome man he was throughout his life.

I pray for Charlotte. You will be tested many times in days to come. I say this from experience, no matter how long your marriage, you miss that person every day of your life forever. At times when you least expect it, sadness will come over you, and in time it will be followed with a smile and perhaps a little laugh at something he had done or said. I believe that lasting bond along with your memories will bring you tremendous comfort for a long time. Your entire family has always been supportive and that support will continue to help you in this transition.

I strongly believe you and Wayne are both on a new journey.....He still walks beside you......🙏

Sandy Dundon

March 24, 2020

My husband, Brian, was on the Boler Co. board with Wayne. I had the honor of meeting and socializing with Wayne and his wife, Char, at many of the Boler events. Brian, as did I, thought the world of Wayne. He could be funny or smart, and always charming. He is one of the goods ones and will be missed. Rest in peace, Wayne. Sandy

John and Dee Vehar

March 24, 2020

We will miss Wayne’s humor and enthusiasm. He quickly became family those 55+ years ago. Wayne was one of the good guys and will be missed. Our prayers are with you and the family.

FROM THE FAMILY