Obituary for Clarence Walter Wahl
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Fishtail, Mt. – Clarence Walter (Clancy) Wahl of Fishtail, MT. eldest son of Ted and Helen Wahl, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, August 20, 2019 at the Stillwater Clinic in Columbus, MT. of cardiac arrest at the age of 83.
Clancy leaves behind his stepdaughter: Prapaisri Haugh (Bill) of Vienna, Va.; and his adopted daughters: Ausanee Pananon (Acha) of Burtonsville, Md.; Usa Iverson (Michael) of Arlington, Va.; and Panedah Wahl of Centreville, Va., as well as his late adopted son, Anusorn Sangchun (Jenny) along with 7 grandchildren and 2 nieces and 2 nephews. He also leaves his former wife, Phunsri Wahl of Centreville, Va. and his sister, Georgiann Deckard of Fistail, MT. and his late brother Kenneth Wahl of Fishtail, MT. Also, a cherished high school friend, Donna of Absarokee, MT and his cat “Killer”. Clancy was born in Stillwater County on February 12, 1937, graduating from Absarokee High School as valedictorian of his class. He went on to attend Montana State University in Bozeman, MT. where he earned his BS in Mechanical Engineering and received commission as an Officer in the U.S. Air Force. He worked across the world in many engineering endeavors constructing air and naval bases and maintained utilities which were mega billion-dollar projects in Turkey, Indonesia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, and Kuwait as well as stateside in Landon, ND: United, FL; and Kansas City, MO.
While in Bangkok, Thailand, he met and married his former wife of 33 years, Phunsri, and adopted her 5 children, “a decision that I’ve never regretted”, and returned to the US with an “instant family”.
He led a colorful and adventurous life and was most proud of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro at age 61, and of being able to experience many cultural experiences around the world. Upon his retirement from the Army Corps of Engineers in 2001 he retired back to his “roots” in Fishtail, MT. and broke ground on his house located on a piece of his family’s farm where he also enjoyed riding his Can Am Spyder.
The family wishes to express its gratitude to all of the medical providers at Stillwater Clinic, and the University of Denver Medical Center as well as his spiritual friend, Werner Seibert. A graveside service will be held at Rosebud Cemetery in Absarokee at 10AM on Saturday, August 31. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Cobblestone Preservation Committee, P.O. Box 176, Absarokee, MT., or the Absarokee Evangelical Church, 34 Woodward Ave., Absarokee, MT.