Clarence Noring started his life on February 12, 1922, in Brunswick, N.C. Clarence was 86 years old when he died peacefully in his sleep at the V.A. hospital in Reno, Nev., on November 28, 2008, just one day after Thanksgiving.
A service to remember his life will be on December 13, 2008, at 2:00 p.m. at the LDS Lake Side Church, 1095 Golconda in Reno.
Clarence is survived by his wife of 29 years, Dora Mae Meador Noring, His son, Lee Noring of Woodland, Calif., his two daughters Karen Noring of Reno, Nev., and Lisa Noring Chansler, of Live Oak, Calif., and his sister Patsy Cottle Bumby of Elk Grove, Calif. He was blessed to have three grandsons, four granddaughters and three great-granddaughters.
Clarence’s parents were Roy Noring and Elsie Noring. Clarence did not receive a chance to get to know his father growing up since his father was killed on the job working as a steeplejack before Clarence’s second birthday. He grew up with his loving Mom and his three sisters living in Wilmington, N.C. Patsy is his only surviving sister and now living in Elk Grove, Calif.
Clarence married Mary Katherine Davis near the end of the 2nd World War and raised their three sons. His only surviving son is Lee Noring now living in Woodland, Calif. Clarence’s wife Mary passed away when their youngest son Wray was only 17 years old and a senior at Yuba City High School. Clarence remarried after Mary’s death and fathered and raised two daughters, Karen and Lisa.
Clarence was a combat veteran of World War II. He joined the United States Marine Corps the day after his high school graduation in 1939 and served until the end of the war.
Thanks to U.S. Senator Harry Reid of Nevada he received his medals and honors February of last year. Veteran Clarence Leroy “Roy” Noring received his Purple Heart Medals during a presentation at the Air National Guard Auditorium in Reno, Nev. At that time he was believed to be the last survivor of the Edson’s Raiders 1st Marine Division, U.S.M.C., Edson’s Raiders was small unit of Marines who got their name when they raided Guadalcanal on September 8, 1942. During that raid was one of the three times Clarence was wounded for which he received Purple Heart Medals.
Clarence or Roy Noring as his friends at work knew him, worked as a construction electrician since the early ’50s. He retired as member in good standing of Sacramento union Local 340 IBEW.
Clarence moved his whole family to Yuba City, Calif., from the Philadelphia, Penn., in 1960 to work on the three ICBM missile bases in the Sacramento Valley. He loved living & working in the Sacramento valley and stayed here after the Missile bases were completed. In the years since he has worked on many local projects like the Oroville Dam, Hell Hole Dam, The State Fair Grounds, and many PG & E power stations in Northern California.
Boy Scout Master of his sons Boy Scout troop. Past Master of the Sutter Lodge in Sutter, Calif. and Marysville Masonic Lodge in Marysville Calif. Sacramento Member of the Shriners and was a member of one of the local Shriners’ marching bands.