Clarence Henry Juhl
January 6, 1941 – September 15, 2020
Clarence Henry Juhl, 79, passed on to be with his Savior on September 15, 2020 in Charlotte, NC. He was born in Green County, Iowa on January 6, 1941 to Martha Ruther Juhl and Clarence Henry Juhl.
His life was one of commitment to his Country through 25 years of service in the United States Navy and 21 years in the Department of Defense. Following graduation from Boone Junior College, he attended the State University of Iowa in Ames. He was fond of saying that his education was interfering with his social life, so he enlisted in the Navy in 1962. He was enrolled in the Navy Cadet Program in 1964 and earned his Navy Wings in June of 1964. He was "ploughed" back to Pensacola as flight instructor. A position he held for two years.
While in Pensacola, he met and married Mary Kathleen Sample and they set off on a great adventure in life.
Clarence did earn his bachelor's degree in international relations and government from the Naval Postgraduate school in Monterey, California in 1971.
Flying his beloved Orion P3, antisubmarine aircraft, was one of is great pleasures in life.
Commander Juhl ended his Navy career working under General B. Rogers, Supreme Allied Commander, Europe at Shape Headquarters in Mons, Belgium in April 1986.
He then joined the Department of Defense where he rose to the rank of SES 5 (Senior Executive Service). He culminated his career as Deputy Defense Advisor to the United States Ambassador to NATO. He served in this position in Brussels, Belgium for 12 years and retired to Charlotte, NC in December 2007.
Following retirement, he became a near professional wood worker. Among the many hand-made items left to his family are a desk for his wife (modern with inlaid wood trim), a kitchen table (made from old barn wood) for his daughter-in-law, a cabinet for his screened porch and the most striking piece of his work is an exquisite Chess/Backgammon table for his son and two grandsons. Each square and triangle were cut by hand and precisely fitted together and outlined in Ebony. His love for math enabled him to achieve this success with his woodwork, as he spent many hours at his desk figuring the angles necessary to make all fit perfectly.
He enjoyed golf with his wife and good friends. He was a great storyteller and had a keen mind for jokes. He memorized punch lines and once that was recalled the joke was told. His sense of humor was infectious. He was a kind man with a loving, forgiving heart and accumulated many friends and admirers over the years.
He also became a great cook the last two years of his life. His wife and many friends were only too happy to share in the meals he prepared.
He is a man who was loved deeply by his wife, his family and his many friends.
Clarence leaves behind his best friend and loving wife of 53 years, Mary Kathleen Sample Juhl, his son, Bradley Durant Juhl, daughter-in-law, Kimberly McLinn Juhl, grandsons, Kyle Henry (12 years of age) and Ethan Durant (10 years of age), his brother Wayne and his sister, Phyllis. His memory will always be in the hearts of his wife, his family and beloved friends. He will be remembered for his sense of humor, his compassion, his strength, his intellect, his appreciation of a good, balanced discussion and his love for all who graced his life.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the USO of Charlotte, NC.
Clarence Henry Juhl
December 4, 2020
My last meeting with Clarence was at the last Dana High School reunion in May of 2013 where we had a chance to discuss old times and bring each other up to date. Over these few days, we eventually got to the subject of accomplishments and I recall his telling me how well we had both done in our marriages to Kathleen and Suzanne. I could not have agreed with him more.
And then came the great divide: Clarence stayed in the Navy to retire and then went to Europe to serve as a Civil Service executive in NATO, whereas I left the Navy and returned to Iowa to complete my education before moving on to California to start my private sector career. The physical distance between us put an obvious strain on our relationship, but I always considered him a special friend. I was very much impressed with his accomplishments. However, I did one time get him to admit that I had a better jump-shot (high school basketball).
So I say goodbye, my friend. I wish you “Fair Winds and Following Seas.”
Rest in Peace Clarence Henry Juhl
December 4, 2020
My first memory of Clarence was from when I was thirteen years old. A bunch of us locals were hanging out in front of Leona's restaurant in Dana, Iowa. I remember very clearly a boy a few years younger that I would soon learn was named Clarence riding up on his small two wheeled bike. I remember asking him how old he was and he replied that he was ten. Someone else in the group said “Man you pedal that bike like sixty (miles an hour).” And that was it. From then until he left Dana for the Navy he was known as Sixty Juhl among us. He didn’t take the nickname with him when he left -- I didn’t see anything wrong with it -- but apparently he never embraced it. Even though he had a great personality and sense of humor he could be a bit prickly at times if he thought you were out of line.
Clarence and I grew up together in the aforementioned Dana, a very small central Iowa town of maybe a hundred population and perhaps a high school of fifty students. We spent our formative years hanging around town making frequent trips to the first crick (creek) a half mile west of town. We played little league and high school sports and participated together in school activities.
For two country boys we had remarkably similar early careers. We both enlisted in the Navy as electronics technicians and later volunteered for the Navy's Naval Aviation Cadet program. We both completed the program and were commissioned as Navy officers. We were assigned to Naval air patrol squadrons Clarence as a pilot and me as a Navy flight Officer. We did not serve together and did not meet while on active duty. We did, however, serve in Navy Patrol Squadron 24 at different times.
September 21, 2020
We first met after the war in Dana. We were best friends, from pre-school age through our time in Dana.
Mr. Juhl had a gas pump in front of his Feed Store in Dana, that was a gravity flow unit. Gas was pumped by hand up to the glass tank, then flowed into the car tank by gravity. We used to earn nickels for refilling the tank after use, then went to Snook's Store for a sack of candy.
We did not have a basketball. We nailed a bucket on our barn wall, knocked out its bottom and shot "baskets" with a broken piece of clay tile. Clarence received a rather deep cut on the side of his face when "rebounding" a missed shot!
In fourth grade, our teacher held a reading contest--the most books read and reported would win a prize. We made a pact that we would both read the same number of books so neither of us would lose.
Later on, we agreed that neither of us would ever "date" the other's girl friend, so that we would not have that bump in our friendship.
Later we went our separate ways, but Shirley and I visited Clarence and his wife in Virginia--their courtesy and friendship made that trip for us always memorable.
It is impossible for me to think of Dana in the 40's and 50's and not think of Clarence (we called him "Sixty" because he talked at a very high speed). We were inseparable.
I miss him very much this morning--- I have missed him often since we both left our childhood homes, our school and our wonderful town of Dana.
September 19, 2020
CJ was one of those special people you looked forward to being in the company of. His sense of humor, his sharing of past experiences, and just all-around presence in the room will be greatly missed. Will always feel the empty seat at our game nights as well as sipping a few at our homes. Will miss having the ability to email "what do you think?" questions to him, knowing I would be thoroughly educated with his replies.
God has you in his arms now my dear friend.
September 19, 2020
We have known CJ for several years and have enjoyed his company golfing, at wine dinners and card parties as well as senior breakfasts.
He was always a cheerful soul who had many life experiences he was glad to share with us.
He enjoyed his food and wine and often reminisced about his times in Europe.
We will miss CJ and his wisdom. RIP CJ
September 17, 2020
In VP-23 ca 1977/78/79 I was privileged to work for CJ when he was Planning/Operations Officer. One of his favorite sayings regarding high-risk operational decisions was: "We'll either win big or sleep in the park." We invariably "won big" with his leadership.
He was a consummate professional and charismatic as well.
Fair Winds and following seas, CJ.
Roger A. Jurack, CWO USN(Ret)