Francis C. Wolary

Francis C. Wolary, 89, of Wilmington, died 6:15 p.m. Monday (Aug. 23, 2010) at Continental Manor, Blanchester. He was preceded in  death by his wife, Kathleen OíConnor Wolary, who died May 27, 2006. They were married June 14, 1952.
Mr. Wolary was born March 28, 1921, in Clarksville, son of the late Clyde and Rose Thompson Wolary. He worked at Wilmington Casting Company from 1939 to 1942. He enlisted in the United States Army Air Corps in June 1942 and was stationed in Iran for 24 months, where he served as an aircraft mechanic. From January 1946 to February 1947, he was an air crew member of the First Air Sea Rescue stationed in Puerto Rico. After returning to Wilmington in August 1949, he owned and operated Glennís Garage until November 1952. In June 1954, he began working as an aircraft mechanic at the Clinton County Air Force Base. He worked there until the base closed in 1971. He then transferred to Rickenbacker Air Force Base. He retired in July 1980 as aircraft maintenance branch chief after 31 years as a civil service employee. He also served in the United States Air Force Reserve with the Buckeye Wing from 1955 to 1981. He retired from the Air Force as a chief master sergeant. He received the Air Force Commendation Medal for meritorious service after his retirement. He was a member of St. Columbkille Catholic Church where he served on the finance and maintenance commission for 15 years. He was also past president of the Parish Council. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 3369, B.P.O. Elks 797, Air Force Sergeants Association, National Retired Federal Employees and the American Legion Post 49. He graduated in 1939 from Adams Township High School.

He is survived by two sons, John (Debbi) Wolary of South Lebanon and James (Nancy) Wolary of Wilmington; a daughter, Therese (Robert) Claymier of Delaware, Ohio; six grandchildren, Benjamin Claymier, Paul Claymier, Chad Wolary, Zachary Wolary, Katelyn Wolary and Christopher Wolary; and a nephew, Nick Wolary.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Richard Patrick Wolary, and a brother, Floyd Wolary.

Mass of Christian Burial will be held 10:30 a.m. Saturday at the St. Columbkille Catholic Church, 73 N. Mulberry St., Wilmington, the Rev. James M. Wedig officiating, with burial in the St. Brigid Cemetery, Xenia, where military honors will be accorded by the American Legion Post 49 Memorial Squad. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at REYNOLDS-SMITH FUNERAL HOME, 327 N. South St., Wilmington. Memorial contributions may be made to the St. Columbkille Catholic Church Building Fund, 73 N. Mulberry St., Wilmington, 45177. For more information or to sign the funeral homeís online registry of condolences, visit