THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Issue Date: November 27, 2019
Cleland Methner, 78, of Wallace, Mi., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019 at home.
Born April 17, 1941 in Coleman, Mi., to the late Elmer and Letha (Haring) Methner, he graduated from Coleman High School (Michigan) in 1958 and earned a B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Arts Education and an Education Specialist Degree in Education Administration from Central Michigan University. On Aug. 10, 1979, he married Gail Nordquist at Stephenson United Methodist Church.
He worked as an Industrial Arts teacher starting in 1962, where he helped students realize their passion for the trades. In 1970, he became High School Principal and then Superintendent of Schools in three rural communities. He was a strong advocate for rural schools in his 38 year career, he retired in 2001 and was a member of the Lions Club for many years.
An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed sharing the skills and knowledge of exploring the woods and waters of Michigan and Ontario on foot, by boat and as a private pilot, but especially liked deer hunting and fishing with friends and family. He was a talented fabricator, woodworker and carpenter, a proud husband, father, and grandfather and was happy to be present for the recent birth of his grandson, Henry.
He is survived by his wife, Gail of Wallace, Mi.; a son Gereon; a daughter-in-law, Lane and one grandson.
Along with his parents, he was preceded by a brother, Clarend of Clare, Mi.
Visitation was held Monday, Nov. 25 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home in Stephenson, Mi. from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.