Charles Hamilton Clawson of Fort Myers Beach, Florida passed away peacefully with his loving family by his side on Monday, February 13, 2017 following a brief illness. He was 94 years old.
Charles was born on November 6, 1922 in Cleveland, Ohio, the proud son of Hannah (Schustrich) and Robert J. Clawson. He was a combat veteran during World War II serving as a member of the United States Marine Corps for three and a half years in the South Pacific. He was also a minor league baseball player in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization reaching the AAA level for the York White Roses. Charles always loved the thrill of competitive sports and was an avid swimmer, tennis player, outdoorsman and later a happy beach walker. In 1947, he married the love of his life, Barbara E. (Wood) Clawson, and the happy couple remained together for nearly 70 years. Charles also attended Texas A & M University and Grove City College before accepting employment as a sales representative for Brodhead-Garrett. His dedication and hard work earned many promotions, culminating with his appointment as President, Chief Executive Officer and Chairman of the Board until his retirement in 1979. Charles and Barbara enjoyed several more years as residents of Chagrin Falls, Ohio until moving to Fort Myers Beach in 1987.
He leaves to cherish his memory his devoted wife Barbara; his loving children Charles H. Clawson (Tamara Chapman) of Denver, Colorado, Ann Rice (T.R.) of Denver, Colorado, Michael Robert Clawson (Latra Szal) of Austin, Texas, Patrick J. Clawson formerly of Naples, Florida and now of Phoenix, Arizona and Chris Rabussay (Cristoph) of Tempe, Arizona; his beloved grandchildren Hailey, Caitlin, Charlie, Patrick, Michael, Nicholas, Erin, Patrick Jr. and Julia; his adoring sister Jean Hackett and his many, dearly loved nieces and nephews. Charles was also proud to be a friend and mentor to many young people throughout the years and was considered like another Dad to the extended Stryker and Branch families. He also leaves behind a number of extended family members and a great many more people who were proud to call him a friend.
A Memorial Mass for Charles was celebrated by Father Zenon Kurzyna at Church of the Ascension, 6025 Estero Boulevard, Fort Myers Beach, Florida 33931, (239) 463-6754 on Saturday, February 18, 2017 at 11:00 AM.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests a contribution in memory of Charles be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675-8517, www.woundedwarriorproject.org, (855) 448-3997 or to the Maryknoll Sisters, P.O. Box 317, Maryknoll, New York 10545, www.maryknollsisters.org, (914) 941-7575.
To share a story, leave a tribute or to offer condolences to the family at this difficult time please visit Charles' memorial webpage at www.fortmyersmemorial.com and sign his guestbook.