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Clifford W. DeFrain

Thursday, October 4, 2018 by The Press in Obituaries

World War II Purple Heart veteran

Clifford W. DeFrain, 93, died Sept. 15, 2018, in his Macungie residence. He was the husband of the late Delphine M. (Schaffer) DeFrain. They were married for 69 years. Born in Macungie, he was the son of the late Jonas and Carrie (Schuler) DeFrain.

He retired from Bally Case and Cooler.

He was a member of Solomon’s U.C.C., Macungie.

He honorably and faithfully served his country in the United States Army, 29th Infantry Division, during World War II from 1943 to 1945. He participated and was wounded in the Rhineland Campaign, where he was captured and taken prisoner. He was awarded the Purple Heart, Bronze Star, Good Conduct and POW Medal. His home was always proudly adorned with an American flag.

In 2004, he was present to witness the dedication of the long overdue World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C.

He enjoyed traveling with his wife to the Smoky Mountains and listening to country music.

He was a lifetime member of the Macungie VFW.

He is survived by sons, Larry and his wife Betsy, of Emmaus; Dennis and his wife Debbie, of Emmaus; Dale and his wife Peg, of Mertztown; daughter, Sharon and her husband Dan Fenstermacher, of Breinigsville; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren; sisters, Betty Fritz and Geraldine Schmeltzle. He was predeceased by three brothers and eight sisters.

Contributions may be made to the American Legion Ray A. Master Post 217 Honor Guard, 133 Centre Ave., Topton, 19562.

Arrangements were made by the Schantz Funeral Home, P.C., Emmaus.