Clarence A. Schwatka, Jr., 98, of Townsend, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2016, after a year-long illness.

Clarence was an 80-year Life Member of the Townsend Volunteer Fire Company. He honorably served his country in the US Army during World War II, served as Townsend Postmaster and 26 years as Chief Sergeant-at-Arms in the Delaware Senate. He was also a member of the Middletown VFW Post # 3792, American Legion, David C. Harrison Post # 14, Smyrna, and the NARFE Chapter 1174, Dover, DE.

His greatest passion was his 80-year membership in volunteer fire service. His active service with the Townsend Fire Company, whose building is named for him, was his crowning glory. He held many offices throughout the county and state in those 80 years.

He is survived by his wife of 78 years Beulah Burris Schwatka, one daughter Joyce Ann Golt of Dover, three grandchildren, Michael R. Golt of Dover, Kimberly B. Knotts (Frank) of Bridgeville, DE, and Sean C. Golt (Diana) of Dover, five great grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be sent to the Townsend Fire Co, P.O. Box 194, Townsend, DE 19734 or the Townsend Ladies Auxiliary, P.O. Box 280, Townsend, DE 19734.

– DFSN photos by Mike Carroll