Frederick L. Clow – 78


Mt. Morris, IL, Frederick Lyman Clow, age 78, died Sunday June 11, 2017 in Pinecrest Manor Nursing Home, Mt. Morris, IL. Fred was born July 16, 1938 in Rockford, IL the son of Nathan Pierce & Ruth Elizabeth (Dexter) Clow. Fred graduated from Rockford East High School class of 1956 where he played basketball for the ERABS when Rockford West was winning 2 state basketball championships. Fred went on to play forward/center for the Wisconsin Badgers, graduating from University of Wisconsin in 1960 with a BS in Physical Education. Fred lived in Chicago over 25 years, working as a representative for Schlitz Beer. He taught himself acrylic portrait painting and enjoyed painting for many years. He also enjoyed gardening, his two dogs (Bo and Tanner), Nash Recreation Center, and he was a member of the Wisconsin Club.
Fred is survived by his brother: Nathan Clow of Mt. Morris, IL; sister- in-law: Maria Adela Clow, Oregon ,IL; and niece and nephew.
Fred is preceded in death by his parents and brother: Dexter.
Memorial services will be at a later date.
Fred spent the last 7 years of his 15-year battle with Parkinson’s disease at Pinecrest Manor. His family would like to thank the residents and staff at Pinecrest for their kindness and support all those years.

11 thoughts on “Frederick L. Clow – 78”

    1. Thank you Paul you sure are a great and dear friend of the family and we
      cannot thank you enough for all you do!.

  1. We will all miss him so much. he got more out of my old high school acrylics than i ever would. I wish i could clean his paint brushes a few more times….

  2. To the Clow family I’m so sorry to hear of your loss. My thoughts and prayers are with you. Fred will be greatly missed he was such a good guy, we had many conversations over the years at nash and while he walked his dog.

  3. Fred was a friend many years ago when we were fresh out of college. His death brings back memories of young idealists ready to conquer the world.

  4. Fred was a great guy. Sorry he has gone but to a better place. College friend and Fraternity (EX)
    brother. Jim Heineke

  5. I am so sorry to hear about Fred’s passing. Myself and several other classmates from 1956 who knew Fred quite well we’re going to try to visit him just recently I could not make contact with him. Fred was a wonderful young man, and we had Many fun times together and the opportunity of playing basketball with him. My sympathies to his brother Nate who was such a wonderful brother to him

  6. Thank you everyone for all your kind words. All of us in the Clow family really appreciate all your memories and love. We all miss sharing his deep passion for the many so many things he did so well ,like sharing his huge creativity with paintings, gardens, volunteering to help the handicapped at the Village of Progress ,caring for pets, dogs, cats ,fish laughter to share a joke or funny story or the being a shoulder to lean on when times got tough !.Rest in peace my much loved uncle Fred!.

  7. I just heard about Uncle Fred’s passing today… although he was not my biological Uncle, he was one of my dad’s best friends (Richard “Dick” Prise). Uncle Fred, was the best Uncle… I have many fond memories visiting him and Bo (and later I got to meet Tanner a couple of times). For many years we would go and visit during Stronghold Festival and see the parade (maybe these were separate occasions, I was young). He was an amazing painter, I have some paintings that I will always cherish. I have tried to get a hold of him for years and sadly lost touch, I would always send Christmas cards and hope that he saw them… He truly was a special person and I will never forget him. I know my dad and him are in Heaven now having fun together just like the old days. I’m so sorry for your loss. Sending my love to everyone in the family.

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