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Dr. Clarence G. "Huck" Heath

Dr. Clarence G. "Huck" Heath, 75, Olathe, died Wednesday, March 6, 1996, at Olathe Medical Center.

Clarence was born January 16, 1921, in Havensville, and moved to Olathe 24 years ago from Emporia.  He was a veterinary medical officer for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Kansas City, MO, for 20 years, retiring in 1981.  He also had been a teacher and coach in Argentine and Ellis and in private veterinary practice for more than three years in Centralia.

He was a World War II veteran, serving for three and a half years as an infantry officer.  He also served as a first lieutenant in the Korean Conflict.  He was awarded the Silver Star, two Purple Hearts and two Bronze Stars.

Clarence graduated from Wichita County Community High School in 1939, and from Kansas State University with a physical education degree in 1948, and in 1957 from KSU with a bachelor's of science degree and a doctorate of veterinary medicine.  He was the captain of the KSU varsity football team in 1946.

He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, the Kansas Veterinary Medical Association, Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity, a lifetime member of the Kansas State Alumni Association and the Olathe American Legion.

His first wife, Betty A. Gwin Heath, preceded him in death.  His second wife of more than 29 years, Lois L. Heath, survives of the home.

Other survivors include two sons, Randy Charles Heath, Overland Park, and Richard Milton Heath, Denver; a daughter, Brenda Lee Ruhlman, Topeka; and four sisters.