Clarence William Neher
September 20, 1923 – October 25, 2010
Clarence W Neher passed away October 25, 2010 at a age of 87 years. Clarence was born September 20, 1923 in Pomona, California to Virgil William Neher and Ollie Barbara Neher. He was a Life Member of the Elks and a member of American Radio Relay League and held Amateur License W6JQR since 1951. Clarence graduated from Bonita High School in La Verne, California in 1941. After joining the US Navy SeaBees during WWII for the “Duration Plus Six Months” he returned to civilian life. Clarence met Billie Lou Parsons from Fontana, California and they were married in 1947 in La Verne, California. They went to San Luis Obispo, California where Clarence graduated from Cal Poly on the “GI Bill” with a BS Degree in Mechanical Engineering in 1951. Billie and Clarence raised their two children, David and Elizabeth in Long Beach California. They moved to Lake Arrowhead, California after the children left home in 1980. They relocated to Frisco, Texas in 2008 for their late retirement years. They were active in the Frisco Senior Center activities as well as the Lebanon Baptist Church. He was a member of the Heritage Association of Frisco and took great pleasure in his study of family history. ( He contributed his family history book to the Frisco Public Library) Clarence had a real love for airplanes. He worked as Controls Design Engineer for (Douglas Aircraft) McDonnell Douglas Aircraft for 29 years. He took advantage of an early retirement from McDonnell Douglas in 1980 and continued working as a Contract Engineer for various aerospace companies for another 28 years. His design activities were on many aerospace vehicles including C-133, RB-66, DC-9, DC-10, YC-15, C-17, 737, C-130, AGM and three different helicopters. He was always ready for a design challenge and eager for change of work locations and enjoyed meeting and working with new colleagues. Clarence holds three design patents that were used in aerospace programs. His wife, Billie, a son, David, a daughter, Elizabeth, seven grandchildren and nine great-grand children, and many friends survive him. A Funeral Service will be held at Lebanon Baptist Church Wednesday October 27, 2010 at 10:00am. Clarence will be laid to rest at the Dallas-Fort Worth National Cemetery at a private Graveside Service.