August 1, 1916 - April 3, 2018
Anthony John Kanclier, 101, of Ashland, passed away peacefully April 3, 2018. He was born August 1, 1916 in Provident, Ohio. He attended school in St. Clairsville, Ohio and was a graduate of St. Clairsville High School. During high school, Tony was a star baseball athlete and was scouted by the Pittsburgh Pirates, but duties at home kept him from signing with the big leagues.
With WWII on the immediate horizon, he enlisted in the USMC in 1937, and he served two tours of duty. On his second tour of duty, his ship, the U.S.S. Lexington, was torpedoed, and Tony suffered terrible injuries to both of his legs that kept him in the hospital for over a year. For his service, he was awarded a Purple Heart. He suffered pain for the remainder of his life from his war injuries, but this did not stop him from leading a long and very productive life.
After the war, Tony married the love of his life, Ethelmae, and they remained married until her death. During this time, Tony persevered, became a licensed contractor in Oregon, and built and remodeled many homes in Ashland.
For enjoyment, he spent most of his spare time fishing, hunting, speaking with friends on his ham radio, canning, and building many types of wood projects for friends and neighbors. Tony was also a member of the Elks Club for 65 years.
A funeral Mass will be held at noon Thursday, April 12, 2018 at Our Lady of the Mountain Catholic Church in Ashland, with reception and graveside services to follow.