LIMA, Ohio - Clyde Nelson Mefferd, 94, died at 12:40 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, 2013, at St. Rita's Medical Center.
He was born Jan. 12, 1919, in Rockford, Ohio, to Charles L. and Daisy E. (Miller) Mefferd, who preceded him in death. On July 11, 1945, he married the love of his life, Marion Lucille Gilmore, who preceded him in death on Aug. 31, 2012, after 67 wonderful years of marriage.
Clyde was a graduate of Ohio City High School. He proudly served as a staff sergeant in the United States Army Air Forces from 1942 to 1945. He was an active member of St. Gerard Catholic Church since 1953, serving in many capacities. Mr. Mefferd was a life member of the VFW Post 1275, and Eagles Aerie 370. In 1981, he retired as an electrician from the Standard Oil Lima Refinery, and was a member of the Quarter Century Club at the refinery.
Clyde and his wife enjoyed wood working, refinishing furniture together, and traveling with their friends. Clyde was an avid sports fan of The Ohio State Buckeyes, University of Dayton Flyers, and Cincinnati Reds. His true passion in life was spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. The entire Mefferd family would like to express their sincere thanks to the staff at Otterbein Cridersville for the care and attention given to both Clyde and Marion.
Clyde and Marion were blessed with nine children: Alan B. (Cindy A.) Mefferd of Lima, Lois A. (Danny W.) Smalley of Loveland, David P. (Karen S.) Mefferd of Lima, Daniel C. Mefferd, who preceded them in death, Carol L. (Harold W. Jr.) Steinke of Kettering, Kevin R. (Cindy A.) Mefferd of Lima, Maria J. (James T.) Black of Troy, Keith C. (Teresa L.) Mefferd of Dayton, and Steven E. (Jennifer L.) Mefferd of Wapakoneta; 17 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law: Ruth (James) Wiechart of Elida, and sister-in-law: Phyllis (Richard) Howland of Kettering, several nieces and nephews.
Preceding him death were five brothers, Harry, Arthur, John, Wilbur, and Walter Mefferd.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2013 at St. Gerard Catholic Church. Burial will follow in Gethsemani Cemetery. Military rites will be presented by VFW 1275 and the United States Army.
Friends may call from 2 - 8 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013, at Chiles - Laman Funeral & Cremation Services, Shawnee Chapel. A parish wake will be held at 8 p.m.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Gerard Catholic Church, 240 West Robb Ave., Lima, OH 45801.
Condolences may be expressed at www.chiles-lamanfh.com.