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Margaret Flynn and Clarence Raymond Clear
Memories of Uncle Ray and Aunt Margaret
As recalled by their nephew, Charles C. Clear Jr.
Uncle Ray was quite different than Uncle Oscar. He would talk and joke with us kids. I think he liked kids. When we would visit him in Chelsea, Michigan, we would go in the country and pick black walnuts and mushrooms.
Uncle Ray had a prosthetic leg, however, it did not stop him much. He still would go up north deer hunting, fishing, etc. He had a handle put on the clutch so that he could shift. He always drove. He also liked to play cards.
Growing up, the story I heard as to how Uncle Ray lost his leg was this: Uncle Ray was a railroad detective. One day when he went to the bathroom, he hung up his holster, and his gun dropped out, hit the floor, and shot him in the leg.
Later in life, I was talking to my father about it and he said it didn't happen that way. He said Ray was playing cards. Someone accused him of cheating and shot him in the leg - and that's how he lost his leg.
Following is the obituary for Clarence Raymond Clear:

Clarence Raymond Clear of 525 North Main Street, died Thursday at St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Ann Arbor, where he had been a patient since August 12. He was 69 years old.

A resident of Chelsea since 1934, he had been employed by the New York Central Railroad and the Dexter Machine Products prior to employment at the Chelsea Mfg. Co., from which he retired in 1955. Born in Paulding County, Ohio, August 2, 1891, he was a son of William H. and Emma Stillwell Clear. He was married August 8, 1942 at Grover Hill, Ohio, to Margaret Flynn. She survives. Also surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Earl Hoover, of Grass Lake; two brothers, Oscar Clear of Burt and Clifford of Birch Run; a sister, Mrs. Goldie Clish, of Cheboygan; five grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held at 2:00PM at the Staffan Funeral Home with the Rev. S.D. Kinde officiating. Burial followed at Oak Grove Cemetery.