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John Thomas Clouse

Posted By Hall-Wynne On June 3, 2014 @ 12:00 am In Obituaries,Pittsboro | No Comments

John Thomas Clouse, 82, passed away in the early morning of Tuesday, June 3, 2014, at Cambridge Hills Assisted Living in Pittsboro, North Carolina.
John was born to George and Elsie Clouse in Murdock, Kansas on August 24, 1932. He served in the Air Force from 1953 to 1957 and spent time stationed in Japan. In the 1960s and early 70s he worked for Bendix Corporation at NASA satellite tracking stations in Kano Nigeria, Madagascar, Antigua British West Indies, Ascension Island, Alaska, and California. While in Kano, Nigeria, he married Mary Smith, a Peace Corps volunteer from Gasport, NY, on March 30, 1964.
From 1974 to 1977, John and Mary Clouse joined the Lay Mission Helpers organization of Los Angeles and taught shop and English at the Ponape Agriculture and Trade School PATS, a Jesuit-run high school for boys on the island of Pohnpei, Micronesia. At the time, Pohnpei was a United States Trust Territory and the high school was accessible only by boat, mail, and telegram.
Upon their return to the United States, the Clouses settled on a layer chicken farm south of Pittsboro and raised chickens into the 1980s. After ceasing chicken farming, John worked at Carolina Meadows retirement community, Governors Club, and the Sanford Municipal Golf Course.
John loved animals and besides chickens raised cattle, pigs, sheep, goats, rabbits, and two pet deer, Gus and Gigi. With the help of the American Minor Breeds Conservancy now the Livestock Conservancy in Pittsboro, the Clouses built a small herd of Dexter cattle, at the time a rare breed. John had sheared sheep in his youth and revived this work in his later years. He sheared sheep at many small farms around North Carolina and also sheared the UNC Chapel Hill school mascot, a horned Dorset ram named Rameses.
Survivors include his wife Mary Clouse of Pittsboro; son David Clouse and spouse Rachel Clouse of Moncure, NC, son Doug Clouse of New York City, and son Ronald Clouse of Charlotte, NC. John has two grandchildren, Meredith and Marissa, daughters of David and Rachel. In Kansas, John is survived by his brother Gilbert Clouse and spouse Pat Clouse of Hutchinson, as well as sister-in-law Ruth Clouse of Kingman, brother-in-law John Green of Murdock, and many nieces and nephews. John’s niece Kathy Spitz and family, of Chapel Hill, NC, shared many good times at the farm in North Carolina. The Clouse family is grateful to the generous caregivers and neighbors who helped John at the end of his life.
John attended St. Thomas More Catholic church in Chapel Hill, NC and was an honorary life member of the Knights of Columbus. A funeral mass will be held at St. Thomas More at 11:00am on Saturday, June 7, 2014, followed by placement of his ashes into the St. Thomas More columbarium. Flowers may be sent to Hall-Wynne Funeral Services in Pittsboro 919-542-3057 or donations may be made to St. Thomas More http://church.st-thomasmore.org/giving or the CORA Food Pantry of Chatham County http://corafoodpantry.org/donate/, in memory of John Clouse.
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Condolences for the family of “John Thomas Clouse”

Condolence from tiffany morris on June 5th, 2014 12:00 am

All of our love goes out to you David,Rachel, Meredith and Marissa!
You are family to us. We are praying for peace for you all.
love, Jeff, Tiffany, Kirby and Lindy

Condolence from Betty Bailey on June 6th, 2014 12:00 am

Dear Mary,
We are holding you and your family in our hearts. Of all the stellar farmers I’ve known, John Clouse is at the top. He was the best at animal husbandry. We are so fondly remembering how he cared for the animals and what wonderful food he produced. Also, remembering him as father to your brilliant children. I always think of you and John together working harder than 20 people while still looking as handsome as movie stars. Always loved the subtle ways you communicated and the ever- present humor. Just this morning Clyde reminded me of one of John’s jokes, “I used to wake up grumpy but now I let her sleep in”, Let’s just say it is suitable for many mornings!
I know your heart is aching and trust that you will have the comfort and care of close family and friends. Betty

Condolence from angela voulangas on June 6th, 2014 12:00 am

My thoughts and sympathies are with David, Ron, and Mrs. Clouse. I extend especial condolence to my good friend and business partner Doug. Doug’s stories of his dad gave me a little picture of the intelligent, gentle and colorful man who will be missed.

Condolence from Kathy Miller on June 7th, 2014 12:00 am

Dear Aunt Mary and Boys

Wanting to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers. He was the best Uncle anyone could ask for. I will never forget his smile and humor. He was there for my mom and us kids when our dad died suddenly helping us get through his untimely death. He always thought of others with a big heart. He will be greatly missed by many but the memories will live forever. Keeping you in my prayers

Condolence from Stephanie Miller on June 8th, 2014 12:00 am

My deepest condolences to Mr. Clouse’s family and friends. I will keep you all in my thoughts and prayers.
Love, Stephanie

Condolence from Charles and Sharon Scott on June 14th, 2014 12:00 am

I worked with John when he was a Hen grower for Townsend.

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