Clarence Wooten, 90

Clarence V. Wooten, age 90, of Sturgis, passed away Tuesday, April 12, 2011 at Sturgis Hospital.

He was born May 1, 1920, in Kenova, W. Va., a son of the late Charles and Martha (Ellis) Wooten.

Clarence had resided in Sturgis since 1945, coming from Kentucky.

On March 28, 1942 he married Eva Kinsey in Battle Creek.

He retired from Ross Labs in 1974 following 15 years of dedicated employment. He also worked at Simpson & Haack Plumbing and enjoyed working with his son-in-law Charles Grabe at Grabe Farms in Sturgis.

Clarence was a member of the Sturgis Church of the Nazarene.

Clarence was proud to have served his country during World War II in the U.S. Army, earning the rank of corporal.

His hobbies included fishing, hunting, and building lawn furniture.

He is survived by his loving wife of 69 years, Eva; a daughter, Susan Grabe of Sturgis; a son, Wallace (Suzanne) Wooten of Sturgis; 11 grandchildren, Michael (Ruth Simoson) Grabe, Linda (Kevin) Kelley, Kris (Steve) Zimmerman, Brenda (Jimmy) Schmucker, Dale Grabe, Jack (Chelsea Hodgson) Grabe, James Wooten, Courtney Wooten, Cory Yoder, Christopher Williams, and SPC Cary Williams; 12 great-grandchildren, Craig, Nathan, Briann, Nick, Zachary, Ashley, Alexis, Cole, Anna, Case, Collin and Brock; two great-great-grandchildren, Adalynn and Brooklyn; a brother, Rosco Wooten of Newcastle, Ind.; a sister, Pearl Jackson of Ohio; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Georgia Irwin and Betty Lou Cuttler; a brother, Charles Wooten; a half-sister, Louise; and a half-brother, Oscar.

The family will receive friends from 3-5 p.m and 6-8 p.m. Friday at Sturgis Church of the Nazarene, 70031 S. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis.

Funeral services celebrating the life of Clarence V. Wooten will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the church. The Rev. John Shoup will officiate.

A graveside committal will follow the service at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Sturgis. Full military rites will be conferred by Captain John J. Kelley Post #1355 VFW and the U.S. Army Honor Guard.

The Hackman Family Funeral Homes — Hackman Chapel, 114 S. Nottawa St., Sturgis, is entrusted with the arrangements.

The family suggests those wishing to make a memorial donation in Mr. Wooten’s memory consider the Sturgis Church of the Nazarene, 70031 S. Lakeview Ave., Sturgis, MI 49091.

His obituary is also at, where personal messages of support may be left for the family.

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