OBITUARY

Clarence C. Cudney

August 21, 1929February 6, 2019
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Clarence C. Cudney Beloved husband of the late Esther (nee Andersen). Dear father of Bruce (Maryellen), Sharon Cudney and Deborah (Garry) Coch. Cherished Grandfather of Jennifer (Ashley Burch) Cudney, Kristina (John "JT" Kuck) Cudney, Anne Kohn, David (Jennifer) Kohn and Great Grandfather of Eli Kuck. Dear friend to Joanne Janke. Brother to Cliff, Roger (Eloisa) and Jan Cudney. Family will receive friends at Holick Craciun Funeral Home, 23040 Center Ridge Rd. Westlake, Ohio on Wednesday February 20, 2019 from 4-8PM. Elbrook Chapter, OES Service at 7:30 PM. Interment Ohio Western Reserve Cemetery, Seville, OH. Family suggests Memorial Contributions be made to Cleveland Clinic Hospice, Cleveland Animal Protective League or WVIZ Cleveland in memory of Clarence.

Services

  • Memorial Visitation Wednesday, February 20, 2019
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Clarence C. Cudney

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Cheryl Swisher

February 19, 2019

Such a wonderful, loving family man.....his love of God, family, friends, all things outdoors. Clarence always gave more to others than what he took. Thank you, “Dad” for being such a great granpa and father-figure. You are missed and loved.

Carol Christy

February 18, 2019

My thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Remember the good times you all had together.

Kristina Cudney

February 16, 2019

So glad you had so many awesome memories built with your great grandson!! We love and miss you!

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Biography

Clarence Cudney was born in Cleveland, Ohio on Aug 21, 1929, to Doris (Erlenmeyer) and Clifton Cudney. He grew up on the near West Side of Cleveland with his siblings and graduated from West Technical High School in 1947. He enlisted in the US Army in 1951, was trained as a radar technician, served in Japan during the Korean conflict, and was released from active duty in 1953.

On June 12, 1953, he married his sweetheart Esther Andersen. Together, they set a great example for what family and friendship are all about; lovingly raising Bruce, Sharon and Deborah; making family events a centerpiece of our lives; and having “Card Club” nights with cherished friends.

Clarence found friendship, fun and a moral beacon through his membership in fraternal organizations: DeMolay (Denbrook Chapter), Freemasonry (Parma and Barkley Lodges), and Eastern Star (Ellbrook Chapter). He served as Master Councilor at Denbrook, Worshipful Master at Barkley, and Worthy Patron at Ellbrook. He also belonged to Al Sirat Grotto (playing bugle in their Drum & Bugle Corp), the Scottish Rite, and achieved the rank of 32nd Degree Mason.

Clarence had an inner beat, a rhythm that could not be contained. He loved all form of music and cherished opportunities to sing in church choir, dance, and played a mean air-piccolo on “The Stars and Stripes Forever!” He led an active lifestyle, playing basketball in high school, softball for fraternal and church teams, bowling and golfing with family and friends. A love of the outdoors led to memorable family camping and RV adventures, boating and fishing on Lake Pymatuning and Lake Erie, and enjoying a summer home at Marine City on East Harbor.

Clarence’s working life involved sales of industrial supplies and becoming an expert in the design of transmissions and electrical panels for industrial customers throughout Northeast Ohio. After 25+ years at Strong, Carlisle & Hammond, his skills and reputation enabled him to satisfyingly finish his career at Riverside Drives.

Clarence lost his beloved Esther to complications from cancer in 2001. Several years later, he again found laughter, joy and love with Joanne Janke. Together, they enjoyed summers at Marine City, winters with friends in Florida, and sharing their family life experience with us all.

Clarence appreciated the support and care that the Cleveland Clinic Hospice team provided as he approached the end of his life. And his overnight aide, Rukia, was a great comfort to him and our family; "I’ve Got You Babe!”

Son, Brother, Pal, Husband, Dad, Uncle, Grandpa, “really” Grandpa, Companion and Friend; life brought all these roles to Clarence, He embraced them all …and he loved you all.