Thomas Harold Clews WWII Army veteran, formerly of New Jersey, geophysical-cartographer Thomas Harold Clews, 90, passed away Oct. 15, 2016, in Broken Arrow, Okla. Thomas was born on Nov. 2, 1925, in Jersey City, N.J., to Thomas Edward and Florence Irene (Van Horn) Clews. He was retired as a manager of graphics for the Marion Corporation in Mobile, Ala. Thomas was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Ruth Eleanor (Parks) Clews. He is survived by son, Mark Stephen Clews and wife, Lei An; granddaughters, Brooklyn Nicole Clews and Jennifer (Taylor) Schisler and husband, Brandon Schisler; great-grandson, Cameron Schisler, and sister, Florence Christina Clews of Cranford, N.J. Thomas grew up in rural New Jersey, and graduated from Cranford High School. He was a member of the Troop "B" 2nd Squadron, Mechanized Calvary, New Jersey State Guard, his senior year in high school. Thomas enlisted in the Army during World War II, serving in combat in Europe with the 69th and 3rd Infantry Division, from the Battle of the Bulge to the link-up with the Russian forces at the Elbe River. He was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Purple Heart and French Croix-De-Geure. In 2004, he was awarded the Diplome d' Honneur and Medaille Du Cinquantenaire from the French War Veterans Association for participating in the liberation of France in World War II. He was employed as a geophysical-cartographer for Ashland, Deep Rock, Amerada-Hess and Marion Oil corporations. Thomas was a charter member of the Association of Professional Draftsman and a fellow in the American Congress on Mapping and Surveying. Services will be at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2016, in the Floral Haven Funeral Home Chapel, followed by interment in the Heritage Mausoleum at Floral Haven Memorial Gardens, Broken Arrow, Okla.
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