Cleland Methner, 78, of Wallace, Mich. passed away at home on Wednesday, November 20, 2019. He was born April 17, 1941 in Coleman, Mich. to the late Elmer and Letha (Haring) Methner. Cleland was a 1958 graduate from Coleman High School (Michigan) and went on to earn his B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Arts Education, and Education Specialist Degree in Education Administration; all from Central Michigan University. On August 10, 1979 Cleland married Gail Nordquist at the Stephenson United Methodist Church.
Cleland began his career as an industrial arts teacher in 1962, where he helped students realize their passion for the trades. In 1970, Cle became a high school principal and eventually a superintendent of schools in three rural communities. He was a strong advocate for rural schools over his 38 year career, and was a member of the Lions Club for many years. He retired in 2001 and turned to his other interests.
An avid outdoorsman, Cle enjoyed sharing the skills and knowledge he had learned exploring the woods and waters of Michigan and Ontario on foot, by boat, and as a private pilot. He especially enjoyed deer hunting and fishing with friends and family. Cle was also a talented fabricator, woodworker and carpenter. He was a proud husband, father, and grandfather. He was so happy to be present for the recent birth of his grandson, Henry.
Cleland is survived by his wife Gail of Wallace, MI, son Gereon, daughter-in-law Lane, and grandson Henry.
Cleland was preceded by his brother Clarend of Clare, MI and his parents Elmer and Letha.
Visitation for Cleland will be on Monday, November 25, 2019 at Anderson Diehm Funeral Home beginning at 4:00pm until 6:00pm in Stephenson.
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