On September 18, Clarence Robert Frederick Korth passed away peacefully with his family by his side just ten days before his 89th birthday.
Clarence was born in Embarrass, Wisconsin on September 28, 1926 to Emil and Bertha (Barkow) Korth. Bertha died when Clarence was only two months old and he was raised for a short time by his Aunt Ida and Uncle Robert Kriewaldt until his father married Agnes Krubsack. Clarence attended Embarrass Grade School. He graduated from Clintonville High School and entered the army in 1944. He was stationed at Fort McClellan Alabama; afterwards he participated in the Philippine Campaign. He was sent to Japan as part of the Occupational forces and was stationed about 30 miles from Hiroshima. At the end of his tour, he was an instructor at West Point Academy in New York until his discharge in 1946. Upon returning from the service he worked for Four Wheel Drive and then Northern Upholstery Company.
He married Geraldine (Wieck) Korth, May 7, 1949. They moved to Appleton in 1955. He then worked for Sell Upholstery until he purchased the business and Korth Upholstery was established. In 1990, the business was sold to his son and he continued working with Bob until he “retired” at the age of 80. Clarence encouraged and shared his love for fishing, hunting and bowling with his grandchildren. He never missed an opportunity to enjoy watching his grandchildren and great-grandchildren participate in any activity they were involved in. At the time of his death he was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church of Appleton.
Clarence and Geri had three children. He is survived by a son, Robert (Nancy Korth), and his daughters, Barbara (Frank) Calmes, and Brenda (Richard) Warning; grandchildren: Paul (Kim) Calmes, Shannon (Geoff) Barber, Aaron (Michelle) Warning, Jessica (Bryan) Chrzastowski, Robert (Nicole) Korth, Michelle (Nate) Klapoetke, and Tim (Brittany) Korth. He was proud to tell everyone he had 16 great-grandchildren: Stephanie, Tina, David, Jericho, Morgan, Hailey, Alex, Mason, Kianna, Makayla, Brayden, Jacob, Beau, Landen, Easton, and little Madelyn. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, Lyle Wieck, numerous relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Geri; parents; sister and brother-in-law, Merna and Carston Koeller; sister-in-law, Lois Wieck, brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Gordon and Joyce Wieck.
A funeral service for Clarence will be held at noon on Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at The Chapel at Wisconsin Veterans Home in King with Pastor Mark Henke of Bethany Lutheran Church officiating. Visitation will be Wednesday at The Chapel beginning at 10:00 a.m. until the time of service. Full military honors will be presented by King, and interment will be at Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Embarrass for all those wishing to attend.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial fund is being established for Kings Veterans Home Legends of the Lake I at Ainsworth Hall.
Clarence’s family extends a special thank you to the very compassionate and loving staff on Ainsworth 1 unit at King. His family is grateful for the exceptional care he received during his stay.
“The Lord called dad home because he needed his seats redone.”