Clarence Hydorn


July 23, 2011 - 12:00 AM

Clarence Marvin (Tuffy) Hydorn, 77, of Iola died Thursday, July 21, 2011, at his home.
Clarence was born Oct. 20, 1933, in Garnett, to Pete and Edna (Harper) Hydorn. He served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955 and in the Kansas Army National Guard for many years.
On Dec. 18, 1954, he married Alice Marie Skinner in Iola, where they made their home. He worked for the railroad, then Humboldt Brick and Tile before starting work with the Iola Fire Department on Sept. 10, 1966. He retired on Dec. 31, 1993, with the rank of chief, a position he had held since 1986. His wife died on June 24, 2008.
Clarence was a member of Iola American Legion and enjoyed fishing, building and flying airplanes.
He is survived by two daughters, Joyce Wright and Karen Winner and her husband, Mick, Iola; a brother, Carl, St. Edward, Neb.; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by an infant brother and granddaughter, Tracy Vest.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Sunday  at the Waugh-Yokum & Friskel Memorial Chapel in Iola.
Funeral services will be at 11  a.m. Monday at the funeral home. Chaplain Lloyd W. Houk will officiate. Burial will be in Highland Cemetery in Iola.
Memorials to Kansas State Firefighters Association Auxiliary Scholarship may be left at the funeral home. Online condolences for the family may be left at

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