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Clifford Dean Thorla

March 16, 1919 April 11, 2013
Clifford Dean Thorla
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Clifford Dean Thorla, age 94, of Caldwell, Ohio, formerly of Byesville, died Thursday, April 11, 2013, at Summit Acres Nursing Home in Caldwell. He was born March 16, 1919, in Renrock, son of the late Forest E. and Stella P.K. Dye Thorla. He was a graduate of Belle Valley High School and a World War II veteran, having served in the United States Navy. Mr. Thorla was a retired employee of Columbia Gas, and he was an accomplished artist who enjoyed woodworking, painting and sculpting. He was especially proud of a working canon and motor boat that he built. Along with his late wife, he traveled to all corners of the world, including Africa, Europe, Asia and throughout the United States. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Elaine Woodard Thorla, whom he married February 8, 1940, and who died March 11, 2007; one son, J.D. “Jan” Thorla, who died in 2006; one daughter, Dianna Jean Baird, who died in 2007; one brother, Z. Zaile Thorla; and three sisters, Irene Ralph, M. Janette Dunkle and Christine Denny. Surviving are three grandsons, Paul (Mikeala) Baird of Sutherlin, Oregon, Keith (Michelle) Thorla of Portland, Oregon and Brian (Ashley) Thorla of St. Louis, Missouri; one daughter-in-law, Karen Thorla of St. Louis, Missouri; special friends, Jim Finley, John Cline, and Judy Robinson; his many friends at Summit Acres Senior Apartments; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. No visitation will be observed. A graveside service will be observed Monday, April 15, 2013, at Olive Cemetery in Caldwell at 2PM with Ken Perkins officiating. Military honors will be presented by Noble County Veteran Service Organizations. McVay-Perkins Funeral Home is caring for the family. An online guestbook may be signed at

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Monday, April 15, 2013 2PM at Olive Cemetery Caldwell, Ohio
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