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Clarence “Barney” Robert Gierczak

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Clarence Robert Gierczak was born Nov. 6, 1923 in Cleveland, Ohio to parents Valentine and Helen (Raugaksky) Gierczak and entered into eternal rest Jan. 20, 2020 in Athens.
Clarence, known to most who knew him as “Barney,” was a friendly man who loved a good joke and had a wonderful sense of humor.  He loved going to the casinos to gamble, and even enjoyed a good game of cards with his grandchildren.  
Always busy with a project, Clarence would often get all of his children involved to help; he knew he could always count on their “cheap labor.” You could often find him in his garden, whether it was shrubs and flowers for his landscape or his vegetable garden, he would share his produce with his neighbors. He and his wife would host game nights with their friends, they enjoyed cards and canasta, as well as being able to catch up on life.  Clarence attended East Tech High School and then went on to Western Reserve University in Cleveland earning his BBA.  
He served six months in the Civilian Conservation Corps prior to enlisting in the United States Army where he proudly served in General Patton’s third Army and was awarded the Bronze Star for being able to keep the lines of communication open for his division.  
On Aug. 28, 1948, he married the love of his life Dolores Hartman in Cleveland, Ohio.  He worked for over 30 years for LTV and retired in 1981.  
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, seven siblings and his son Gary.
He is survived by his wife, daughters Gwen and husband Ken Nordman of Paris and Gail and husband Jeff Dwight of Flower Mound, sons Glenn and wife Bunny of Highland Village, Greg and wife Darla of Corpus Christie and Guy and wife Marie of Justin, 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many more loving family members and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11:15 a.m. Friday, Jan. 31, 2020 at DFW National Cemetery.
A personal tribute can be made at https://www.dignitymemorial.com/funeral-homes/kemp-tx/anderson-clayton-f....