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(April 3, 1923 – February 11, 2012)

He fought so hard to stay with us but God stepped in and told him “you’ve struggled for so long, let me take your pain away”. Our Father left us on Saturday morning, Feb. 11, 2012, of complications from an accident that occurred almost two years ago. Clarence Joseph Hintz, was born to Charles and Elizabeth (Short) Hintz on April 3, 1923 in Larkin Township. Clarence’s Grandparent’s and Father came to Midland in the late 1800’s as part of the pioneer families that settled here. His Grandfather was also one of the founders of St. John’s Lutheran Church. Clarence married the former Viola May Wirt on Nov. 6, 1945, at the United Methodist Church in Beaverton, MI. Dad went to work for the Dow Chemical Co. at 18 yrs. old and retired 41 years later in 1982 with most of those years working in the service crew and in the later years for the labs. He resided on the same road where he was born for 83 of 88 years, the last 60 years in the house that he built. He was a very down to earth man that spent his life taking care of his family. He loved just being on his land, spending time out on his tractors and being in his woods, cutting down trees and picking huckleberries in his marsh. He was a good cook, known for his molasses cakes and making one very large molasses cookie. I any of us had a problem and needed Dad’s help, he was always there for us. Music was a very big part of Dad’s life, he would buy instruments and teach himself to play, and he was a very good harmonica player. Dan also loved to listen to music and would always be listening to something when he was in his garage, his favorites included the original Carter Family. Survivors include his wife, Viola; daughters, NoReena (George) Eagle of Clare and VondaLee (LeRoy) Roberson; sons, Randy (Blu) Hintz, Kevin and Scott Hintz all of Midland. Also surviving are grandsons, George (Connie) Eagle Jr., Chad (Angie) Eagle, Jason (Kelly) Roberson, Steven Hintz, Kristy Rickett and many great grandchildren. His is also survived by his brother, Floyd (Carleen) Hintz; brother-in-law Hank (Bernadette) Wirt and sister-in-law, GlennaJean Haywood and many nieces and nephews. Clarence was predeceased by his parents; sisters, Geraldine Hintz, Clara Kelly; brothers, Wilbur (Louise), Robert, Murl (Loretta); father and mother-in-law, Glen and Flossie Wirt; brothers-in-law, Charles (Betty) Wirt, Francis Wirt; sister-in-law, Daisy (Peter) Letts, Violet (Lester) Bishop and Margaret (Robert) Bishop. Sleep peacefully Dad, we love you and we’ll miss you. A Funeral Service will be held at 1:00 pm on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2012 at Smith-Miner Funeral Home, 2700 W. Wackerly with George Eagle Jr. of Harrison United Brethren Church officiating. The family will receive friends at the Funeral Home, on Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2012 from 4 til 7 pm and Thursday from 12 noon until the time of the service. Burial will follow at Larkin Township Cemetery. Those planning an expression of sympathy are asked to consider the American Diabetes Association of MidMichigan. Online condolences can be given at smithminer.com.