Clyde M. Hirn, 73

Clyde M. Hirn, 73, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, surrounded by family and friends.
Mr. Hirn was born on Dec. 5, 1938, in Mendon, to Ernest and Inez Hirn, and they preceded him in death.  
He is survived by his wife, Alice; two daughters, Michele of Sunrise, Fla., and Patricia (James) of St. Marys; a grandson, Joseph (Nicole) Roberts of St. Marys; two great-granddaughters, Elyssa and Kelsey of St. Marys; a brother, Paul of St. Marys; two sisters, Margaret (Don) Baker of Spencerville and Eloise (Lewis) Hubble of Bluffton, Ind.; two long-time friends, David Malone and Emilia Macias of Dayton; a cousin-in-law, Griffin Kipyeko.
He was preceded in death by a brother, Glen Hirn; a favorite aunt, Ada Gayer.
Mr. Hirn graduated from Mendon Union High School in 1956 and from Wright State University in 1972. He entered the U.S. Navy in 1956, trained in electronics and served until 1962. He then worked for and retired from the city of Dayton in the radio department from 1963-89.
From 1990-91, he lived and worked on Grand Cayman Island in the field of communications technology. He then started his second career in the U.S. State Department in 1992 as an information management technical specialist.  While in the state department, he was based in Washington, D.C., Fort Lauderdale, Nairobi and Pretoria, South Africa.
While in Nairobi, he earned the Secretary’s Award for the injuries he suffered during the 1998 terrorist attack of Nairobi by Osama bin Ladin.
Mr. Hirn was a member of Plantation United Methodist Church. He was an accomplished radio ham operator (call letters W8ALN). He was a master scuba diver who took dive trips all around the world. He aided the city of Dayton in underwater recovery. He loved to travel. Everyone who knew him understood how much he hated the cold weather. His favorite pastimes were reading and taking daily walks in the Florida sunshine.
There will be a visitation from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. Monday at Plantation United Methodist Church, 1001 NW 70 Ave., Plantation, Fla.
The funeral service will begin at 10:30 a.m., and the interment will follow in Hollywood Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
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