Clifford Dean Thorla, age 94, of Caldwell, formerly of Byesville, died Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Summit Acres Nursing Home in Caldwell. He was born March 16, 1919 at Renrock, a son of the late Forest E. and Stella P.K. Dye Thorla. He was a graduate of Belle Valley High School and a WWII Veteran having served in the United States Navy. Mr. Thorla was a retired employee of Columbia Gas; was an accomplished artist who enjoyed woodworking, painting and sculpting. He was especially proud of a working canon and motor boat that he had built. Along with his late wife he had traveled to all corners of the world, including Africa, Europe , Asia and the United States.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his wife, Frances Elaine Woodard Thorla, whom he married February 8, 1940 and who died March 11, 2007; one son, J.D. “Jan” Thorla who died in 2006; one daughter, Dianna Jean Baird who died in 2007; one brother Z. Zaile Thorla; and three sisters, Irene Ralph, M. Janette Dunkle and Christine Denny.
Surviving are three grandsons, Paul (Mikeala) Baird of Sutherlin, Oregon, Keith (Michelle) Thorla of Portland, Oregon and Brian (Ashley) Thorla of St. Louis, Missouri; a daughter-in-law, Karen Thorla of St. Louis Missouri; Special friends Jim Finley, John Cline and Judy Robinson, as well as numerous friends at Summit Acres Senior Apartments; six great-grandchildren; several nieces and nephews.