Fred Victor Clontz, 94, of Asheville, died Monday, August 14, 2017.
A native of Buncombe Co., he was a son of the late William Eugene and Nell Sluder Clontz. He was also preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn Taylor Clontz, and brothers Joe and Jack Clontz.
Fred was a veteran of the Army Air Corp, serving as a pilot during WWII, where he flew P40 and P47 airplanes. He was a 1940 graduate of Lee Edwards High School, and worked for Southern Bell for over 35 years.
Fred lived his life and guided his children with wisdom shaped by common sense. He was an honest, gentle, and wise man who valued independence, responsibility, and dependability. He was fortunate to have had many good friends, and many happy times were spent with them playing golf and bowling.
Surviving are his children, Vic Clontz and wife Jeanine, Robert Clontz, Marlene Clontz Jones, and Joanne Clontz and husband Rex; grandchildren, Maija Wiggins, Natalie Bateson and husband Ben, Elijah McWilliams, and Noah McWilliams; great-grandchildren, Ethan, Alexa, Evey, and Ephraim; and sister, Maxine Westall.
A celebration of the life of Fred Clontz will be held at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday in the Patton Ave. chapel of Groce Funeral Home, with military honors provided by the North Carolina National Guard. Friends and family are welcomed to share memories of Fred during the service. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.
Private family interment will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to one's favorite charity.