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Thomas "Gene" Eugene Clendaniel

Born: Sun., Apr. 17, 1932
Died: Fri., Aug. 23, 2019


11:00 AM to 1:00 PM, Wed., Sep. 04, 2019
Location: White-Love Funeral Home

Funeral Service

1:00 PM Wed., Sep. 04, 2019
Location: White-Love Funeral Home

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Thomas “Gene” Eugene Clendaniel, age 87 of Porter, IN, passed away peacefully on August 23, 2019.  He was born on April 17, 1932 in Canonsburg, PA to Clyde and Margaret Clendaniel, both of whom preceded him in death. 



Gene is survived by his loving wife of 67 years, Anna Clendaniel of Porter, IN; his sons: Leslie (Theresa) Clendaniel of Portage, IN, David (Dianne) Clendaniel of Lake Station, IN, Doug (Kathy) Clendaniel of Ehrenburg, AZ, and Edward (Billie) Clendaniel of LaPorte, IN; by his 9 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 3 great-great grandchildren; his brother, Clyde (Kay) Clendaniel of Pennsylvania; and by his several nieces and nephews.


He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Joyce Ann Jones on February 26, 2017 and his brother, Donald Clendaniel.



He graduated from Trinity High School in 1950 and went to Muskingum College on a football scholarship.  He married his high school sweetheart, Ann Louise Sopiak, on June 28, 1952.  He worked for Capital Television before being drafted where he served in the army at Fort Campbell, Georgia as a Military Policeman.  He attended classes at Georgia Tech while he was serving in the military and after his army term he returned to Washington, PA where he worked a steady night shift at Hazel Atlas Glass plant while attending Washington and Jefferson College.  Upon completing his degree in Business Administration, he accepted a position with U.S. Steel in Elwood City.  When they closed the plant in Elwood City he was transferred to Indiana and spent the remainder of his career working at the Gary Works in Gary Indiana for U.S. Steel.  Working for U. S. Steel he gained experience in sales and production which allowed him to work as a consultant for a number of years.  He was well known for his knowledge of automobiles and his early experience with computers.  He was also known for his bowling and golf skills and taught his brother and children the skill of spot bowling. 


Funeral Services will be held on Wednesday, September 4, 2019 at 1 p.m. at White-Love Funeral Home, 525 S 2nd St, Chesterton, IN.  The family will receive friends from 11 a.m. until time of service at the funeral home. Burial will follow at Chesterton Cemetery.

Memorial donations may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association: 225 N. Michigan Ave. Floor 17 Chicago, IL 60601.

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Dave and Dee Clendaniel
   Posted Fri August 30, 2019
As your memory faded, we could only stand by, frustrated and helpless...and yes...we cried. Peace be with you dad.

   Posted Tue September 03, 2019
I will always miss you brother even though I didn't see you very often. I remember a couple of times when you helped me out. One was when I was doing my income taxes and you recommended income averaging which saved me some money. Another was when I had replaced a timing belt on a car and could not get it to run. You were visiting that weekend and came out to my place to check it out. I told you I followed the book which said to use a one eighth drill bit to get the timing belt aligned properly. You looked at it and in 2 seconds told me to give you a bigger drill bit which I did. You slipped the timing belt on and the engine started right up. I always considered you to be a special person from your art to your mechanical ability and I hope God has a special place for yo in heaven.
Love, Clyde

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