March 18th, 1926 - October 1st, 2019
Hamilton, OH. – Theodore "Ted" E. Clear passed away peacefully on October 1, 2019. He was born in Hamilton to Louise (Mick) Clear and Sherman T. Clear in 1926. He married, his only love since junior high, Mary Louise (Saurber) Clear in 1946.
He had learned to fly at the age of 14. Ted enlisted in the Army Air Corp in 1943. He flew transports, cargo planes and B-17’s. He was honorably discharged in 1946.
He was with Sherman T. Clear Plastering for 28 years. He invented and patented the process for concrete backer board in 1970 and commercially produced the original Wonderboard© for Modulars, Inc. The company became Fin-Pan, Inc.in 1975. After working on other thin concrete applications, T.Clear Corporation was formed and produced building products that are energy efficient. He and his wife 3 years ago at the age of 90. He was inducted into the Ceramic Tile Distribution Association Hall of Fame in 2000
He and Mary Lou traveled the world for business and personal travel, gathering friends all over. Ted enjoyed flying airplanes, hunting, fishing, and collecting Model "A" vehicles. He helped to start Duck Unlimited and Pheasants Forever in Southern Ohio. Ted was involved in many quiet philanthropic endeavors, always giving back to his church/faith, community, industry and his natural environment.
Ted was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, uncle and friend.
He is survived by three children, Gail (Marvin) Duff, Steven (Violet) Clear and Lisa (Douglass) Schaffer; a special daughter-in-law, Rose Clear (Don Hott); 9 grandchildren Heather (Kelly) Murphy, Jason (Dena) Clear, Eric Clear, Amy (Andrew) Gilmore, Todd Clear, Andy (Misty) Duff, Ryan (Courtney) Schaffer, Sarah Clear and Christopher Schaffer. He also is survived by 10 great grandchildren, Camryn, Rachel, Emily, David, Logan Ashland, Eric Jr., Archer, Abel, Maxwell, Jade, Bryar and Tristan; and many nieces and nephews. He was proceeded in death by a son, Terrence (Terry) L. Clear; his wife, Mary Louise Clear; a brother, David Clear; and his parents, Louise and Sherman Clear.
Ted will be sorely missed by his entire family especially by his "best buddy" and great grandson, Logan.
Visitation will be on Friday evening from 5 to 8:00 pm at Brown-Dawson-Flick Funeral Home, 330 Pershing Avenue, Hamilton OH. A funeral Mass will take place at St. Joseph Church, 171 Washington St, Hamilton, OH 45011 at 10am on Saturday October 5, 2019 followed by a graveside service at St. Stephen’s Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the St. Joseph Church Building Fund or the St. Joseph School Fund.
Florine Clear Hollister
|Fairwell Dear cousin*******Florine and Ken.|
Fred King Saeger
|My deepest sympathy to you and your family. I have such fond memories of Ted. Vacations at Cumberland, picnics at the quarry while Ted and Dad would scuba dive, and all the years ated and Dad worked together! Cherish the memories! Love you all!|
|Rest in peace and blessings.|
Jim, Judy, Jimmy and Joe Hsu
|We’re deeply sadden by Ted’s passing. Ted was a great visionary, gentle and generous man. Words can’t describe how much our family owes to Ted. 20 years ago, Ted took a chance and extended his trust to work on a venture in China. All of our success can be traced by back to Ted and his guidance, and we will be eternally grateful for the opportunity afford to us. We will always cherish the fond memories of Ted; from the various trips in China to the meetings in Ohio. Rest in peace, Ted|
|Thinking about you and your family. We cherish the memorable times we spent together on several occasions in Retie, Belgium as well as in Hamilton, OH. Ted was truly one of a kind. Always in our heart ! The Cambre Family, Belgium|
Lee & Vivian Cruickshank
|I only met Mr Clear one time but it was a lasting memory. He had a way you couldn't forget! I maintain the 'Fin Pan' facility in Green Cove Springs,Florida. for the past 13 years. I wish to express my wife's and my deepest sympathy for the family. May God bless this family.|
|I am so sorry for your loss|
Patti And Butch Rupp
|I am so sorry to hear of Ted's death.I have had him on my mind a lot lately. He was my godfather, I always enjoyed listening to him tell stories of the past ,seldom as they were..|
|Ted you will be sorely missed by those who knew you. We will miss the stories and guidance that you have given to countless people. I am a better man for having known you for over 45 years. Steve and the entire family are in my thoughts and prayers. god bless and keep you in the palm of His hand.|
Samuel D. Borst
|I am so sorry for your loss. Ted was a great man, a great family man, loved by all who knew him.He will be greatly missed. He and his family are in my prayers.|
Susan and Walter Duff
|So sorry for the loss of your father, father-in-law, and grandpa. Enjoyed sharing family, stories, and adventures over the years. You are all in our thoughts and prayers at this sad time. The Walter Duff Family|
My very belated condolences to the Clear family. I met Mr.Ted, as one of my customers, whom I had the great opportunity of taking out hunting and fishing. Once you've met Ted, you don't ever forget him. He was the best! I admired him immensely! He told me he was like 55 years of age when he and his wife started a new company. So, I said to him," I still have hope" He laughed and kind a chuckled! I'm so glad to have met him, truly a wonderful,humble, n I know a hard working man! He will be greatly missed, but never forgotten!! RIP Trevor Hammon
|I will always miss you . you were the best father in law ever.|