Clyde P. McCune
World War II Veteran

Clyde P. McCune, age 96, a resident of Columbia, PA, passed away on Friday, May 6, 2016 at Lancaster General Hospital. He was born in Ironville, PA, November 20, 1919, and was a son of the late Chester B. and Esther Howard McCune. He was a graduate of Columbia High School, Class of 1937, and the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, Media, PA, Class of 1940, where he learned bricklaying and masonry skills. Following graduation, Clyde was employed by Hengen Construction in the Washington D. C. and Virginia areas. He was one of the masons who completed the construction of the Jefferson Memorial on the Tidal Basin in Washington.

Clyde was a Navy veteran of World War II. He served as a Fire Control Officer, First Class, aboard the USS Corry (DD 463), a destroyer that lead the D-Day Invasion at Normandy, France, June 6, 1944. Clyde was awarded the Purple Heart for injuries sustained at Utah Beach during the destruction and ultimate sinking of the USS Cory.

He was employed as a brick layer for Charles Schlegelmilch Construction, Lancaster County, for many years.

Clyde’s last full-time employment was with Armstrong World Industires, Lancaster, as a technologist in its Research and Development Center. Following his retirement, he was a part-time employee in the janitorial department of the Columbia School District.

He was a member of the Columbia United Methodist Church.

An active outdoorsman, Clyde enjoyed hunting and fishing. He was a member of Trout Unlimited, the Dauphin County Anglers and Conservationists. He was a member of the John Wanamaker Society of the Conservationists. He was a member of the John Wanamaker Society of the Williamson Free School of Mechanical Trades, and a life member of Veterans of Foreign Wars, Red Rose Memorial Post #2435, Columbia.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, the former Claire Moore, in 2008, and by brothers Wilbur Dean and Robert McCune.

He is survived by his daughter, Dr. Barbra A. and her husband, Rev. Richard A. Kunz, White Plains, NY; two sons, Robert A. and his wife, Jacqueline, Lancaster, PA; Stephen C. and his wife, Carol, Mountain Top, PA; four grandchildren; one great-grandson; brothers, Richard and Harold, both of Columbia, PA.

Funeral services were held May 10, 2016, from the Columbia United Methodist Church. Interment was in Laurel Hill Memorial Gardens, Columbia. Funeral arrangements by Nat and Gawlas Funeral Home, Wilkes-Barre.