Clarence Furnace Dies Wednesday

Clarence FurnaceThis community was saddened Wednesday afternoon when word spread that Clarence E. Furnace, well known resident, had died of a heart attack.

Clarence E. Furnace, 72, lifelong resident of Astoria and a rural mail carrier for 40 years, died suddenly Wednesday afternoon near his home. He had been under the care of a physician for a heart ailment and his death was attributed to a heart attack.

Mr. Furnace was born near Astoria July 17, 1891, son of George and Ida Dupuy Furnace. He married Della Clark Aug. 26, 1915 at Lewistown, she survives.

Prior to becoming a mail carrier, Mr. Furnace taught school at Astoria for nine years.

Mr. Furnace was a member of the E.U.B. Church where he gave willingly of his time and talent. He was faithful in attendance at all meetings and served as Sunday School Supt. and other offices over the years. At the time of his death he was president of the Pastoral Relations board and had successfully planned the farewell supper for Rev. and Mrs. Leu on Tuesday evening.

He was a member of the Knights of Pythias Lodge in Astoria. He was well known throughout the area where he travelled extensively doing installation and initiation work of this order. He was also a member of the National Rural Mail Carriers Association.

Surviving in addition to his widow are two daughters, Mrs. Hildred Thompson of RR 2, Macomb and Mrs. Dorothy Webb of Bushnell; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and a half-sister, Mrs. Julia Schisler of Astoria.

A daughter Gwendolyn, a son Randall, a sister and a great-grandchild preceded him in death.

Funeral services were held at 1:30 p.m. Saturday in the Astoria Evangelical United Brethren Church. The Rev. H. L. Leu conducted the services and burial was in Astoria cemetery. The K. of P. services were conducted at the grave.


Published in the Astoria Argus-Searchlight on 7/1/1964

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