Clarence Trexler

Obituary of Clarence Richard Trexler

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Dr. Clarence Richard Trexler passed away peacefully at home in Webster, NY on May 10th. His loving wife, Thea, predeceased him in 2017. His stepson Joe Lattuca and Sue Corbett lovingly cared for Clarence until his passing.


Clarence is survived by his 3 children; Thomas, Melanie and Gregory by his first wife Helen Elia. His daughter Jacqueline predeceased him in 1999. Three step- children Susan (Mark) Foster, Charles (Regina) Lattuca and Joseph (Susan) Lattuca.


Nine grandchildren; Adam, Emily, Alexia, Jeannette, Michael, Katie, Eric, Joey, Jacob and seven great-grandchildren: Beatrice, Donovan, Jasper, Daphne, Georgia, Jack, and Ruby.


Clarence was born on July 15, 1926 in Winoa, Washington to Mabel and Jeremiah Trexler. As a young child, he lived in Butte, Montana and eventually moved with his family to Spokane, Washington. He graduated from Rogers High School in Spokane, Washington.


He joined the Navy in 1944. After the Japanese surrendered on August 15, 1945, Clarence was assigned to the Yokosuka Naval Hospital in Tokyo where he worked as an optometrist for returning soldiers.


After returning home to Spokane, Washington, he enrolled in Gonzaga University where he graduated with honors. He went onto earn his master's degree from Eastern Washington College then to receive a Doctor of Education from Columbia University in New York City.


In 1959, he accepted a position of associate professor in Elementary Education at SUNY Oswego. Upon his retirement, he was Chair of the Elementary Education Department for years.


Clarence was a talented woodworker, an enthusiastic gardener and a lifelong learner of the arts and sciences.


Clarence will be laid to rest next to his loving wife Thea at White Haven Cemetery Pittsford, NY.  In lieu of flowers, donations may be directed to Seventh Heaven Rescue, PO Box 15213 Syracuse, NY 13215 in Clarence's memory.  Arrangements have been entrusted to Philip F. Profetta.