Jeffrey R. Clary, 56, of Martville, passed away in his home surrounded by family and friends after a nine months battle with esophageal cancer. Born on January 4, 1962, he grew up in the Martville area and started working in the woods cutting down trees with Norm Wilday at the age of 14. A 1981 graduate of Hannibal High School, Jeff moved a quarter mile away from his parents, Richard and Joyce Webb Clary, built a beautiful home for his family out of lumber he sawed on his own sawmill with trees that he cut. He owned Clary Logging in Martville for many years. Jeff enjoyed hunting, fishing and trapping, but what he loved to do most was work in the woods. He would often be seen driving around in the log truck that he built and was always joking and smiling and loved making others laugh.
Surviving are his wife, Billie Clary; father, Richard Clary; daughters, Lacey (James) Soper and Colleen (Henry Klos) Clary; six grandchildren, Kayleigh, Chase, Colton, Carson, Callen and Kennedy; sister, Lesa (Hope) Clary and many wonderful friends. He was predeceased by his mother, Joyce and grandparents, Doris and Ovid. Jeff was an amazing man, just ask the hundreds of people who came to support him.
Calling hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, April 10th at Foster Funeral Home, 837 Cayuga Street in Hannibal with services 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, April 11th at the funeral home. Burial will be at Martville Cemetery in Martville. In lieu of flowers, the family encourages donations to the Esophageal Cancer Awareness Association, P.O. Box 55071 #15530, Boston, MA 02205-5071 or to ecaware.org.