Wahl

Thursday, August 29, 2019
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            Clarence Walter Wahl

Fishtail – Clarence Walter (Clancy) Wahl of Fishtail, Mont., eldest son of Ted and Helen Wahl, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2019, at the Stillwater Clinic in Columbus, Mont., of cardiac arrest at the age of 83.

Clancy leaves behind his stepdaughter, Prapaisri Haugh (Bill) of Vienna, Va.; and his adopted daughters, Ausanee Pananon (Acha) of Burtonsville, Md., Usa Iver-son (Michael) of Arlington, Va., and Panedah Wahl of Centreville, Va.; as well as his late adopted son, Anusorn Sangchun (Jenny), along with seven grandchildren and two nieces and two nephews.

He also leaves his former wife, Phunsri Wahl of Centreville, Va., and his sister, Georgiann Deckard of Fishtail, Mont., and his late brother, Kenneth Wahl of Fishtail, Mont. Also, a cherished high school friend, Donna of Absarokee, Mont., and his cat “Killer.”

Clancy was born in Stillwater County on Feb. 12, 1937, graduating from Absarokee High School as valedictorian of his class. He went on to attend Montana State University in Bozeman, Mont., where he earned his bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering and received commission as an officer in the U.S. Air Force. He worked across the world in many engineering endeavors constructing air and naval bases and maintained utilities which were mega billion-dollar projects in Turkey, Indonesia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, Israel, Egypt, and Kuwait, as well as stateside in Landon, N.D.: United, Fla.; and Kansas City, Mo.

While in Bangkok, Thailand, he met and married his former wife of 33 years, Phunsri, and adopted her five children, “a decision that I’ve never regretted,” and returned to the U.S. with an “instant family.”

He led a colorful and adventurous life and was most proud of climbing Mount Kilimanjaro at age 61, and of being able to experience many cultural experiences around the world. Upon his retirement from the Army Corps of Engineers in 2001, he retired back to his “roots” in Fishtail, Mont., and broke ground on his house located on a piece of his family’s farm, where he also enjoyed riding his Can-Am Spyder.

The family wishes to express its gratitude to all of the medical providers at Stillwater Clinic, and the University of Denver Medical Center, as well as his spiritual friend, Werner Seibert.

A graveside service will be held at Rosebud Cemetery in Absarokee at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 31. Contributions in his memory may be made to the Cobblestone Preservation Committee, P.O. Box 176, Absarokee, MT., or the Absarokee Evangelical Church, 34 Woodward Ave., Absarokee, MT.

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