Dorn Leo Clare, Sr., 87

Dorn Leo Clare Sr., 87, of Lancaster, passed away, Sunday, October 31, 2010 at Hospice of Lancaster Essa Flory Center after a long illness. Born in Lewistown, he was the son of the late Jonas and Mahala (Rarick) Clare. Dorn was the husband of the late Lenore (Davis) Clare who died in May 2004.

Dorn proudly served his country during WWII in the United States Army with the military police in Alaska. After his service, he was employed by Sears Automotive Center until his retirement. He was employed by Davis and Son part time after his retirement. Dorn was a member of Strasburg Assembly of God Church. Dorn enjoyed NASCAR, flea markets, and collecting toys.

Dorn is survived by 2 sons; Dorn Clare Jr. husband of Frances of Lancaster, and Alan Clare husband of Laura, and a grandson, Ryan Clare.

A Funeral Service will be held Thursday, November 4, 2010 at Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory 3110 Lititz Pike, Lititz Pa 17543 at 11 a.m. with Rev. Mark Thiboldeaux Officiating. Family and friends will be received at the Funeral Home before the service from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Interment will follow at Conestoga Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Hospice of Lancaster County 685 Good Drive, Box 4125, Lancaster, PA 17604. To send an online condolence or for more information please visit Charles F. Snyder Jr. Funeral Home & Crematory, Lititz PA 17543. 717-560-5100

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We lived caddy corner across the street from Dorn and we always found him to be a wonderful and kind man.  He helped us when we first moved here and in time we hope we repaid his kindness when he was in need.  We only have good memories of him and how much he did for us.  It was a pleasure to drive past and always have him wave to us and remember the kids at the holidays.  We are very sorry for your loss – he will be missed.

Dorn Clare Sr was a great man and would do anything for his family. He was proud of what he was,who he was.He will never be forgotton in my life. He tought me to be strong and keep your head up.He helped raised throughout my years when i needed helpped the most.,He tought me to always be there for your family and don,t forget where you came from.I will always remember all that grandma and grandpa has done for me.I wished i would have taken time out of my to thank them for all that they have done for me.Rest in peace.

Dear Family,
Dorn’s family at Hamilton Arms would like to send our sincerest condolences to all of you. Our lives have been blessed by knowing and taking care of such a wonderful husband, father and veteran.
Monica Fasnacht, AD and all the staff at Hamilton Arms

When we moved to Northview Dr, we had been in the house all of 10 minutes when Dorn had walked across the street to our house and was knocking on the door to introduce himself.  Over the last 3 years we received kind supervision and advice on our outdoor/yard projects. He enjoyed a good chuckle with us at the obvious failure of one of our projects! We exchanged trick or treat candies, joking we were all a bit too old to be doing such.   We marveled at Dorn’s riding his riding mower backwards down his backyard hill-in his 80’s!  We also heard of his great love for his wife and the heartbreak of the suddenness of her illness and passing.  He laughed about how she wanted to raise tropical fish in the basement but he did most of the caring for them.  He talked about her love for cats and breeding them, and shared many other anecdotes of his youth in Lewistown, service in Alaska, being a mechanic, and building a home next to the in laws; one of the first homes on Blossom Hill. Dorn credited his wife for the best parts of his life, including "those boys of mine, they turned out good because of her."  We will miss Dorn sitting in his lawn chair getting a little sun in the driveway, and always having a friendly wave. Our condolences to the Claire family for the loss of such a wonderful, humble man. 
Liz and David

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