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Joseph D. Clear
B: 1874
D: 1940 Richmond, Wayne County, Indiana
Buried: Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, Preble County, Ohio (View Headstone)
Obituary: J.D. Clear, Deputy Fire Marshal, Dies. Ohio Official Of Lewisburg Was Eaton Native; Deputy Sheriff Of Preble County. Funeral serbices were held at Eaton at 2:30 p.m. Sunday for Joseph D. Clear, 65 years old, deputy Ohio state fire marshal and prominent in Preble County politics for a number of years. Mr. Clear, whose home was in Lewisburg, died early Thursday morning at Reid Memorial Hospital, Richmond, Indiana. He was a native of Eaton and served as deputy under Sheriff Court Taylor. Under former Governor Myers Y. Cooper he was appointed deputy state fire marshall. His investigation is said to have led to the solution of the Ohio state Penitentiary fire in 1930 in which 320 convicts lost their lives. He became ill shortly after the investigation of the $100,000 Holland Mfg. Co. fire at Piqua, Ohio. At one time Mr. Clear was associated with the NAtional Fire Underwriters Association. He had also been an investigator for the United states Treasury Department. He operated a photographic studio in Eaton about 11 years ago and was later a staff photographer for the Dayton News for a short time. Survivors include the widow, Mrs. Mrytle Clear; two daughters Mrs. Paul Plummer of Eaton, and Mrs. Dorothy Stamback, Scioto Co. home demonstration agent, Portsmouth, Ohio. a son, Malcolm of Lewisburg, who is seeking nomination as Preble County sheriff. Also surviving are a sister, Mrs. Della Coovert, of Chicago; a brother, Lake of Eaton; a granddaughter, Miss Jean Stamback of Portsmouth, Ohio. Funeral rites were conducted at the Girton Funeral Home, Eaton, and burial was in Mound Hill Cemetery here.
Myrtle W. Wright
B: December 28, 1874
D: June 25, 1948 Dayton, Ohio
Buried: Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, Preble County, Ohio (View Headstone)
Parents: James A. Wright and Rebekah J. Niccum
Obituary: Mrs. Myrtle Clear, widow of Joseph Clear, dies Friday afternoon at Dayton. Surviving are one son, Malcolm Clear, Eaton; two daughters, Dorothy Stamback, Xenia, and Mrs. Paul Plummer, Versailles; one sister, Mrs. Clem Andrews, College Corner; two half-brothers, James Wright, Dayton, and Raymond Wright, College Corner; four grandchildren, and one great grandchild. Funeral services for Mrs. Clear were held Sunday at 2:30 pm at the Girton Funeral Home, with Rev. Clarence J. Bradbury officiating.Burial in Mound Hill Cemetery.
Children of Joseph D. Clear and Myrtle W. Wright
1. Dorothy Clear
B: August 2, 1901 Eaton, Ohio
D: November 22, 1991 Worthington, Franklin County, Ohio
Spouse: ________ Stamback; Phillip Buck
Buried: Woodland Cemetery, Xenia, Greene County, Ohio
Obituary: Dorothy (Clear) Buck, 90, formerly of Xenia,  died Friday, November 22, in Worthington, Ohio. A native of Eaton, she was a 1919 graduate of Eaton High School and a 1935 graduate of Miami University. She taught at Lewisburg High School until becoming the home agent with the Scioto County Agriculture Office in Portsmouth. She served for many years as the home agent in Greene County in Xenia until her retirement. Her husband, Phillip Buck, and a brother, Malcolm H. Clear, preceded her in death. Survivors include one daughter, Jeanne Wood of Worthington; three grandchildren, James McNeal of West Chester, Tom McNeal of California, and Kathy Zahler of Worthington; five great-grandchildren; one sister, Alice Plummer of Eaton; and neices, Dr. Ellen Buerk of Oxford and Ann Swiger of Kingston. Ontario.
2. Malcolm Harold Clear
B: July 3, 1903 Preble County, Ohio
M: November 19, 1930 Clay County, Missouri
D: January 31, 1978 Pinellas County, Florida
Spouse: Nadine Reid
Buried: Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton, Preble County, Ohio (View Headstone)
Obituary: Malcolm H. Clear, 74, of Clearwater, Florida, died January 31 at Morton Plant Hospital there. He was a ntaive of Eaton. Mr. Clear was a former Preble County Sheriff, former superintendent of the Preble County Children's Home, past president of the Eaton Lions Club, a member of Bolivar Lodge No. 12 and Eaton Chapter 22, Royal Arch Masons; and retired as manager of the Federal Land Bank Association, Eaton, in 1968 after serving for 19 years. He was a member of the Junior Sheriff's Club of Pinellas County, Florida, and the St. Paul Methodist Church of Largo, Florida. Surviving are his widow, Nadine; one daughter, Nancy Fulks of Dayton (formerly of Eaton); two grandsons; David and Thomas Fulks of Dayton; and two sisters, Mrs. Paul (Alice) Plummer of Eaton and Mrs. Phillip (Dorothy) Buck of Xenia. Services were held in Clearwater following cremation. Memorial services were held at the St. Paul United Methodist Church, Eaton, Saturday. Burial was in Mound Hill Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Obituary for wife Nadine Clear: Nadine Clear, 94, formerly of Eaton, died Thursday, April 27, 2000 at Bay View Gardens in Clearwater, Fla. Born May 9, 1905, in Richmond, Mo., she was the daughter of the late Hugh and Mabel (Wise) Reid. She had served as matron of the Preble County Children's Home for a number of years. Mrs. Clear was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church. She was preceded in death by her husband, Malcolm Harold Clear, in 1978. Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Fulks of Columbia, S.C.; grandsons, David C. Fulks and Tom A. Fulks; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson. Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, May 13, with the Rev. Thomas H. Maxedon Jr. officiating. Burial will be in Mound Hill Union Cemetery, Eaton. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Heart Association, or to the Preble County Cancer Society.
3. Alice Esther Clear
B: November 25, 1905
M: 1934 (View Marriage License)
D: May 15, 2008
Spouse: Paul R. Plummer
Buried: (View Headstone)
Obituary for Alice Esther Clear:
Alice Esther Clear Plummer, age 102, of Eaton, Ohio, died May 15, 2008, in Oxford, Ohio.Born Nov. 25, 1905, in Preble County, Ohio, she was the daughter of Joseph D. and Myrtle Wright Clear. A 1923 graduate of Eaton High School, she earned her bachelor's degree at Miami University in 1927 and her master's in 1957 at Miami University. Born at the dawn of a new century, she and her siblings Dorothy Stamback Buck and Malcolm Clear slid down the South Barron Street Hill when snowstorms would come. For trips out of Eaton, she and her family would catch a ride on the Inter-urban traction line, an electric form of transportation that provided transportation to Dayton and Richmond. Dorothy Fogarty Ritter was her life long friend and it was her father, Mr. Fogarty, superintendent of the Preble County Consolidated Schools, that influenced Alice to pursue a higher education at a time when most women were denied this opportunity. Slightly sassy and a bold adventurer, Alice, Pearl Mt. Castle (Preble county teacher, 1903-2006) and Henry Spring (Spring's Department Store) drove a Model-T Ford across country to the 1932 Olympics. She was a talented athlete and played basketball, field hockey, tennis and shot the "put" and discus at Miami. As a commercial teacher in Eaton, Alice devised a co-op program where commercial students would work in real-life jobs throughout the community, a concept that was years ahead of its time. Married to Paul R. Plummer in 1934, the couple realized a life's dream when they bought a farm in Jackson Township and raised their daughters, Dr. Ellen Buerk of Oxford and Ann Swiger of Jackson Township. She has five grandchildren, Dr. Molly Swiger, Dr. Bruce Buerk, Stephen Buerk, Betsy Buerk-Chabot and Phillip Clear Buerk, as well as eight great-grandchildren. Memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Friday, June 6, 2008, at the Campbellstown United Church of Christ, 2890 West Florence Campbellstown Road, Eaton, Ohio. There will be a reception and light lunch following the services. In lieu of flowers, the family welcomes condolence cards sent to the family farm or to the Guest Book at If desired, memorials may be made to the Paul R. and Alice Clear Plummer Music Scholarship at Miami University for youth from Preble County (Miami University Office of Development, Miami University, Oxford, Ohio). Arrangements entrusted to Barnes Funeral Home, Eaton, Ohio.