Robert G. Clodfelter, 76, a funeral director and embalmer at the Lee Funeral Home Inc. in Washington since 1929, died May 26 at Arlington Hospital following a stroke.
Mr. Clodfelter, who lived in Arlington, was born in Lexington, N.C. He worked for funeral homes there and then went to New York City, where he graduated from the Collier School of Embalming in 1929. He moved here and in June of that year went to work for the Lee firm. He was known to colleagues as "Bob C."
At that time, the business was located at 332 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, on the site of the present East Wing of the National Gallery of Art. In 1932, the funeral home moved to Fourth Street and Massachusetts Avenue NE. It also has offices in Clinton. In addition to his work as a funeral director and embalmer, Mr. Clodfelter was in charge of the company's crematorium.
Mr. Clodfelter was a master Mason and a member of Harmony Lodge No. 17. He also was a member of the Order of the Moose, the Circle Club, the Rosehaven Yacht Club, of which he was the first commodore, and the Grace Reformed Church.
Survivors include his wife, Valeria L., of Arlington, and four brothers and three sisters.