John Harmon Clary, 81, of Braddock Heights, Maryland, passed away Sunday, April 24, 2016, at Frederick Memorial Hospital. He was the husband of Barbara O’Neil Clary. Born September 26, 1934 in Osceola, Iowa, John was the son of the late Orvelle M. and Mary King Clary.
Mr. Clary retired from USAID where he was a Foreign Service Officer for more than 40 years. During his career he served for four and a half years in Vietnam during the war, sustaining shrapnel injuries; then in Paraguay, where the Clarys’ daughters were born; followed by the Dominican Republic, Nepal and Panama. Fredericktonians may remember John from Bon Ton department store where he worked for several years post-retirement.
He will especially be remembered for his dry sense of humor. An avid student of the Civil War and son of a WWI Veteran, Mr. Clary recently joined American Legion Post #297.
In addition to his wife, John Clary is survived by his daughters Heather Clary and husband Sebastian Silvestro of Annapolis and Hillary Hawkins and husband Kevin Hawkins of Smithsburg, two grandchildren O’Neil Silvestro and Penelope Hawkins and brother James Clary of Lake Havasu City, Arizona.