March 25 • 08:18 PM

Clarence William Marter

Died: Thursday, September 17, 2009
Age: 81
Clarence William Marter, 81, was born at home in Roseville on February 1, 1928 and died at home with family in Capac on September 17, 2009.

He was an athlete at Roseville High School, where he excelled in baseball, basketball, football and track. He also played clarinet in the marching band, including a competition at the Holland Tulip Festival, and gave a memorable performance in the City of Fraser with Mickey Rooney as a featured guest.

Before he enlisted in the U.S. Army, Clarence worked for Borden’s Creamery. Upon his military discharge, he became a member of IBEW Local 58 with 62 years of union membership. Over his 43 years of active service, he mentored dozens of electricians.

Throughout his life, Mr. Marter enjoyed hunting and fishing. A resident of Chesterfield Township for 34 years, he fished the waters of Anchor Bay for perch, walleye and muskie and spent the fall season duck hunting. Retirement to his 82-acre home on the outskirts of Capac provided fertile hunting grounds for deer and pheasant. He shared his love for sport with family and friends both in the field and with endless conversations around the table about the “one that got away.”

Clare will be greatly missed by Midge, his wife of 63 years; his daughters Lynne (Ralph Musilli) Hoover of New Baltimore and Denise (Andrew) Foy of West Chester, Pennsylvania; his sons Mark of Imlay City, Todd (Michelle) of Yale, and Kurt (Patricia) of Memphis and his brother Harvey Marter of Spring Lake and sister Shirley (Gerard) Sirois of Imlay City. He was predeceased by his son Craig. Grandchildren are Craig, Sandy, Chad, and Allison Hoover, Robert (Jillian Richard) Beckley, Brandy, Kyle, Kevin, Joshua, Ashley, Jeffery, Lauren, Troy and Cole Marter. Great-grandchildren are Henry, Isabella and Jersey.

In the months prior to his death, Mr. Marter was lovingly cared for by his wife, sons and daughters and his extraordinary caregiver, Rhonda Woodcox of Imlay City. In his final weeks, Kathy Bill, Cori and the staff of Heartland Hospice provided excellent support to him and his family. Despite the devastating effects of a myeloproliferative blood disorder, Clarence had a tenacious grip on life until the very end.

Arrangements made by Kaatz Funeral Directors, Yale, for private family services.

Memorials are suggested to IBEW Local Union 58 Benevolent Fund, Attention: Jim Deluca, 1358 Abbott Road, Detroit, MI 48226 or Heartland Hospice Fund, 700 South Main Street, Suite 209, Lapeer, MI 48446.

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