Charles A. Claar, age 94, of Seffner Florida, was called home to be with the Lord on December 9th, 2019. A native of Jackson, Ohio, the son of the late Alfred and Gertrude is preceded in death by his loving wife Jean, brother David and sister Carolyn.
He is survived by his children: Deborah Taylor and Wesley Claar; his siblings Bob and Jim Claar and Marilyn Paxton; his grandchildren Chris, Chad, Derrick and Courtney; his great-grandchildren Christian, Victoria, Jacob, and a newborn great-great granddaughter, Emerson Hope, whom he recently held in his arms.
Charlie was a patriot and proud veteran of the Army-Air Corps who defended America's freedom in World War II. It has been said that his favorite song 'My Country Tis of Thee' was born from his time in the service. Later, he joined the professional sales teams at J.B. Roerig and the fast growing Warner-Lambert Pharmaceutical Company. At retirement, Charlie and his wife Jean began the adventure of a lifetime as 'Campers on Mission'. They traveled the length and breadth of the United States, building churches and sharing the good news of Jesus Christ 'As We Go!'.
Pop, as he was known to many, was an amazing ballroom dancer who could foxtrot, tango or cha-cha-cha better than anyone on the dance floor. He made amazing homemade vanilla ice cream, played a fair hand at Mexican train, had a boat side view to the enormous whales of Alaska and been hung upside down to kiss the Blarney Stone. Beyond all this, however, he mostly had a fondness for the outdoors. He would often be found, axe in hand, chopping wood for his fireplace, or manicuring his lawn. In fact, along with his wife Jean, he designed, planted and cultivated a beautiful garden at his own home worthy to grace the pages of Southern Living.
He was a man that diligently studied the scriptures in order to be a 'doer of the word' (James 1:22) As a respected deacon in the church, all who knew him called him friend. He was a man of honor and integrity, an example 'PromiseKeeper' who loved his family deeply. Those who were closest to him knew that Charlie would literally shout for joy with a 'Woot' in the morning, thanking God for a new day. His seemingly boundless energy was an inspiration to all as he lived the scripture found in Ephesians 2:10 "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
From Campers on Mission, to Meals on Wheels, church service projects and more; Charlie was always on the move to help others in need. His wife Jean would often comment that Charlie was the kind of man that would give you the shirt off his back and walk home without rather than see you in need. He had kind eyes and a smile that could put you at ease. He was a caring and patient listener who was always prepared with wise counsel. A man that was unafraid to bear his emotions, to share your pain, to be a shoulder to cry on, or simply just to be present. If only we could all learn to live a little bit more like Charlie Claar.
Our Charlie will be deeply missed, but today we celebrate as he has arrived at the aim of his life; to be with the one who created him and cares for him more deeply than anyone on earth ever could. His legacy is faith and peace, and we will always carry a piece of him in our hearts.
The family will receive friends Friday, December 13, 2019 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM at Haught Funeral Home, 708 W Dr MLK Jr Blvd, Plant City, FL 33563. Funeral services will follow at 3:00 PM.
Online condolences may be left for the family at www.haught.care