Gerald "G.W." Claar

January 14, 2018

Gerald William “G.W.” Claar, age 89, of Marysville, died Sunday, January 14, 2018 at Memorial Gables.  A lifelong contractor, he owned and operated G. W. Claar and Son Lumber Supply in Allen Township.  He was a graduate of Allen Township High School class of 1946. A former real estate salesman in Pueblo, Colorado and Lake Havasu, Arizona, he enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing. One of his greatest joys was taking a trip to Canada with his father for a moose hunting expedition. A favorite pastime was participating in demolition derbies. He was a former trustee for Allen Township. A World War II history buff, he participated with development of the Union County Veterans Monument located on Courthouse square. He truly enjoyed socializing at Mrs. Renison’s donut shop and will be missed by many good buddies. He was born May 17, 1928 in Union County to the late Clarence Alvin and Emma Kandel Claar.  He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Vicki Lynn Claar; a grandson, Austin Thomas Claar; and an older brother, Donald Dalton Claar, who was killed in action during WW II.  He is survived by his daughter, Glenna (Steve) Bell of Marysville; his son Gary (Connie) Claar of Milford Center; four grandchildren, Tiffany Lynn (Chris) Sobas of Mesa, Arizona, Michael Steven (Kayla) Bell of Shawnee Hills, Rachel Katherine Claar of Dublin and Audrey Marie Claar of Milford Center; two great-grandchildren, Elijah and Kaylee Sobas of Mesa, Arizona; and his former sister-in-law, Doris Story.  The family will receive friends 12 noon to 2 p.m. Wednesday at Underwood Funeral Home.  Following the calling hours, graveside services will be held at Oakdale Cemetery beside his parents and daughter. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union County Veterans Memorial Committee. Condolences may be expressed to the family at  


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