Larry Clodfelter

August 19th

Larry Robert Clodfelter, also known as “Clod” to everyone who had come to know him, passed peacefully on Thursday, August 18, 2022 at the age of 83.

Larry was born on April 16, 1939 in Goshen, Indiana to Richard and Helen (Eyer) Clodfelter. He and his sister, Nancy (Clodfelter) Buckner, grew up in the family home and business, Clodfelter Furniture, in Middlebury. Participating in 4H, Larry grew award-winning vegetables―a hobby he continued into adulthood. After graduation in 1957 from Middlebury High School, he attended Ball State University and briefly worked in the rail industry which fed his fascination for trains… continuing the family legacy.

Enlisting in the U.S. Army National Guard in 1961, Larry began a long career in service to his country and community, eventually becoming a trooper for the Indiana State Police in 1964 where he served for almost 25 years. Larry also volunteered his service as the President of the Turkey Creek Regional Sewer District. With safety in mind, he joined forces in the community in the founding of Wawasee Snowmobile Club―”Hard Water Riders”―where he also served as president. With a police scanner always buzzing in the background, Larry liked to relax at home enjoying crossword puzzles, word jumbles, Nascar races, and laughter-filled games of poker with his ISP “card club” buddies.

His greatest pride, however, was being a devoted husband to his wife Christine (Wolff) Clodfelter who he married on March 1, 1964. Together, they enjoyed raising two boys, many visits to their cabin in Michigan, and spending time with their lifelong friends in Syracuse, Indiana. Christine was his central purpose and the love of his life. He cared for her during a long battle with Alzheimer’s and never missed a single day to be with her. At long last, Larry will be by her side once again.

Larry is survived by two sons, Dan (Shelly) Clodfelter of Syracuse, and Michael (Adrienne) Clodfelter of Indianapolis; four grandchildren, Mack Clodfelter of Columbia City, Landen (Kelary) Clodfelter of Churubusco, Ryan (Whitney) Allee of New Castle, and Brittnee Allee of Noblesville; seven great-grandchildren; sister Nancy (Clodfelter) Buckner of Syracuse; nephew Chris Buckner of Syracuse; niece Ashley Buckner of Syracuse; and all his beloved extended family in the “Wolff” clan.

He is preceded in death by his father, Richard Clodfelter; his mother, Helen (Eyer) Clodfelter; his adored uncle, Robert “Benny” Clodfelter; and his wife Christine (Wolff) Clodfelter.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2022 at 5 PM at the Eastlund Funeral Home in Syracuse. Calling will be from from 3-5 PM 2 hours prior to the service.

Memorial contributions may be made to Syracuse Fire Department (Station 2 8138 E. McClintic Rd., Syracuse, IN 46567) or the Indiana State Police Alliance (

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