LEBANON, New Hampshire — A funeral was held June 17 at the Ricker Funeral Home for Clarence R. Tolbert who passed away on June 12, at his home, surrounded by his three devoted children, his sister, and his beloved dog and companion Amber. Rev. Joseph C. Scearbo officiated. Burial was held in the Valley Cemetery.
He was born on Oct. 27, 1938 son of Clifford and Bessie Mae (Canfield) Tolbert in Hanover and was a lifelong resident of Lebanon, attending Lebanon schools.
On Nov. 10, 1956 he married his childhood sweetheart Ann Marie Leonard.
Clarence started working at the city of Lebanon Highway Department in 1955. He retired from the city of Lebanon in 2000 after 45 and a-half years. During that time he worked his way up from a laborer, to truck driver, to heavy equipment operator, then to foreman.
After his retirement he spent several years as the primary caregiver to his wife of 51 years, Ann. Clarence enjoyed camping, fishing, hunting and playing horseshoes. He was a self –taught guitar player and entertained many a group around the family campfire. He was most happy while involved in home improvement projects. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and supported many charities.
Survivors include his children Marcia Ingalls of Lebanon, Stephen Tolbert (Kay) of Lebanon, and Sandra Devin (Joe) of Boone, Iowa, and his sister Gloria Stone of Canaan, New Hampshire; as well as many brothers and sister-in-law. He is also survived by his grandchildren, Nichole Rogers of White River Jct, Daniel C. Ingalls of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Kayla Fitzgerald of Quechee, and Laura Conrad of Etna, New Hampshire, as well as five great grandchildren and many nieces, nephews and cousins.
He was predeceased in 2008 by his lifetime love Ann; his parents; his brothers Clifford Jr. and Donald; and a baby sister Elizabeth, also his devoted son-in-law Daniel A. Ingalls in Jan. 2014.
An on line guest book is available by visiting www.rickerfuneralhome.com
This obituary first appeared in the June 19, 2014 print edition of the Vermont Standard.
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