January 1, 1970 - July 21, 2017
Harold C. Clinger, age 83, of Mount Gilead died Friday July 21, 2017 in the Woodside Village Care Center after a short battle with cancer. He was born Dec. 17, 1933 to the late Curtis R. and Florence M. (Snodgrass) Clinger.
Hal was a 1951 graduate of Cardington-Lincoln High School. Harold then joined the U.S Air Force and proudly served his country for over 20 years, including a two-year exchange with the U.S. Marine Corps. He flew F-4 Phantom fighter jets in the Vietnam War and retired as a Lieutenant Colonel. He was a member of the Nelson Campbell V.F.W. Post 8054 and the Jenkins-Vaughn American Legion Post 97. He will be remembered as an ever present flag bearer in every parade and serving on every burial team honoring a deceased veteran in Morrow County and beyond. Until recently he could be seen daily working with the Cardington Township road crew. Hal was currently serving on the Morrow County Veterans Service Board as Commissioner.
On April 7, 1956 Hal married his high school sweetheart Janice Sparks and she survives in Mt. Gilead. He is also survived by his three daughters: Terrie Clinger of Delaware, Cherrie (Steve) Smith of Marion, and Susan (Donald) Ebert of Wadsworth: five grandchildren, Lindsey, Brian and Zachary Smith, and Jeremy and Jesse Ebert: and three great-grandchildren, Abrianna Smith, Omari Palmer, and Ellis Ebert: brother, George Clinger of Cardington.
In addition to his parents, Hal was preceded in death by his brother Nelson Clinger.
Friends may call on Wednesday, July 26, 2017 from 2:00 to 4:00 and 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Gompf Funeral Home, 440 Center Street in Cardington. The funeral service will be held Thursday, July 27, 2017 at the funeral home at 11:00 am. Following the service the burial will take place in the Glendale Cemetery with full Military Honors.
Those wishing to make a memorial contribution are asked to consider the Morrow County Veterans Service office for the benefit of veterans; 143 S. Main St, Mount Gilead, OH 43338.
Those wishing to share a memory of Hal or to express a condolence to the Clinger family may do so by visiting www.gompffh.com.