Clarence was born Sept. 8, 1924 in Cherokee, to Clarence H. Fessler Sr. and Ada (Morton) Fessler. He graduated from Larrabee High school in 1943. He was a veteran of World War II, serving in the U. S. Navy as a Motor Machinist Mate 3rd Class from 1943 until 1946. In the Navy, he served in the South Pacific , was involved in several invasions, and also trained with the Navy Special Forces which were later known as the Navy Seals.
Clarence was married to Rosemary Jenkins on Sept. 11, 1947 in Cherokee.He worked as an auto body repairman for Peterson Motors in Cherokee for 30 years and then owned and operated Fessler Body Shop in Cherokee for 13 years, retiring in 1986. Clarence lived in the Larrabee area most of his life. He was a member of St. Paul's United Methodist Church and a life member of the V.F.W. and the Patrol Craft Sailors Association. Clarence enjoyed gardening and old time country music.
He was preceded in death by his parents; two sisters, Edna Johnson and Blanche Bredman; one brother, Alfred Fessler ;and a son-in-law, Dale Ervin. He is survived by his wife, Rosemary, and three children , William Fessler of Spencer; Linda Fessler of Longmont, Colo.; and Betty Ervin of Primghar; five grandchildren, Lorrie Shilling and her special friend Harry Wallen of Sioux City; Jason Shilling and his wife Angie of Primghar; Julisa Fessler of Kansas City, Mo.; Blaine Fessler and his wife Cindy of Kansas City, Mo.; and Ben Weins of Cherokee; and eight great-grandchildren.