George W. Clapper
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George W. Clapper
He was born in Tyrone on Aug. 23, 1924, the only child of George W. and Mary C. (Fisher) Clapper.
George was a 1942 graduate of Altoona High School and went on to proudly serve as a pilot with the 86th Transport Squadron of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He received his honorable discharge as a first lieutenant in November 1945 along with the World War II Victory Medal, American Campaign Medal and the European African Middle Eastern medal with three battle stars.
Following his discharge, he married his sweetheart, the former Patricia Saylor, on Dec. 12, 1945. George then found work at the former Westinghouse, where he would retire as a drafting supervisor with 37 years of service.
George was a longtime member of the Hickory United Methodist Church, where he had served as a trustee.
As a talented craftsman, he and several friends from Westinghouse worked together as a team and each built their own family homes over the course of several years throughout the Shenango Valley. George also proudly worked on his home in Sebastian, Fla., where he and his wife were known to escape the winters of Western Pennsylvania for more than 26 years.
In his free time, he also was a member of the former Chadderton Airport Flying Club, and had enjoyed hunting and fishing in earlier years.
He will be deeply missed by his wife, Patricia of Hermitage; son Philip W. Clapper and his wife, Pamela, of Clark; daughters, Aimee D. Clapper and her companion, Francis Jensen, of Sharon and Karen S. Clapper of Hermitage; five grandchildren, Neely, Summer, Whitney, Jessica and Matthew; and his five great-grandchildren, Gianna, Isabella, Antonia, Logan and Donavan.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made the Hickory United Methodist Church.
George W., 94, of Hermitage.
Calling hours: 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday (9-13-18) at SAMPLE-O'DONNELL FUNERAL HOME, 555 E. State St., Sharon. Friends and family may send condolences to the family at www.sampleodonnellfh.com.
Service: Funeral will be 7 p.m. Thursday (9-13-18) in the funeral home, with the Rev. Frank Hodges, pastor of Hickory United Methodist Church, Hermitage, officiating.
Burial: Rose Hill Cemetery, Altoona.
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