Green Lawn Abbey

Penfield, Clare J.

Clare J. Penfield
Born 1877
Died 1952
Service for Clare J. Penfield 76, chairman of the board of the Cussins and Fearn Co. will be at 1:30 p.m. Thursday in the Egan-Ryan funeral home. He died Sunday night in St. Francis Hospital an hour after he was found with a bullet wound in his head.
Earl Snyder, of 423 E. Town St., a night watchman, found him in the firm's offices at 44 W. Chestnut St. Snyder told police he heard the shot about 8 p.m. while he was talking with Mrs. Penfield on the phone. She had cautioned Snyder to watch her husband because he had been depressed when he left home.
Penfield was sitting in a chair slumped over the desk, police reported, and a .33 caliber revolver was found in his lap. A verdict will be given after further investigation, Dr. Carl G. Tetirick, acting coroner said.
Inactive in business affairs for the past five years due to ill health, Penfield had undergone an eye operation about two months ago. Sgt. William Donner, homicide chief, quoted his wife as saying he was depressed over his failing eyesight and that 80 per cent of his eyesight was gone.
Born in Lake Chautauqua, N.Y., his first job was delivering kindling wood for a sash and door company in Iowa. He remained in the building industry constructing and reorganizing factories and buildings.
He came to Cussins and Fearn Co. in 1916. He was president of the Columbus Zoo for seven years and was a member of the Chamber of Commerce, Columbus Country Club, Athletic Club and Kiwanis.
During World War II, he was very active in the Committee for Economic Developments, a national committee composed of prominent business men in post war planning. He also was a member of the American Retail Federation of which he was a trustee.
A pioneer in local aviation, he was one of the men who was responsible for Port Columbus and with the former Mayor James J. Thomas, helped lay the corner stone at the port's administration building.
He was vice chairman of the Aeronautical Division of the Columbus Chamber of Commerce.
Surviving are his wife, Nancy, at their residence, 341 S. Columbia Ave.; and two daughters, Mrs. Marjorie Littleton, Miami, Fla., and Ms. Virginia Sybold, Columbus.
Entombment will be in Green Lawn Abbey.
Honorary pallbearers will be James M. Butler, Robert Wolfe, B. G. Huntington, Sheriff Ralph J. Paul, Sid R. Phillips, George V. Sheridan, B. A. Durrant, F. A. Dickson Dr. Bruck E. Lindsey, Ray F. Wunderlich and Harley E. Peters.
Acting pallbearers will be J. C. Caris, P. A. Scholl, B. L. West, H. Neil Pence, G. A. Hildreth, and F. A. DeLong.
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