Clifford Edmond Provencal
Clifford Edmond Provencal, Jr. passed away on Tuesday, October 2, 2019 in his home in Westerville, Ohio.
Cliff was born in Providence, Rhode Island, on February 1, 1940, son to the late Clifford and Louise (Farley) Provencal.
He is survived by his loving wife of 30 years, Mary Jeanine (Large) Provencal.
Jeanine and Clifford celebrated their 30th Anniversary. They were married in Haiku Gardens, Kaneohe, Hawaii on June 21, 1989. Their frequent visits to Hawaii were enriched by many friendships and membership in the NAGO Group, Okinawa Association.
He loved beaches and swimming in the ocean, but was equally happy climbing the hills of Southern Ohio. He was proud to be a member of the William Large family, JJJJ Ranch, Deering Ohio.
Cliff supported the Jesse Stuart Foundation and joined his friends in a yearly pilgrimage to the Literary Conference at the Jesse Stuart Lodge, which celebrates Kentucky's Poet Laureate.
Cliff was a member of St. Ann Episcopal Church in Kennebunkport, Maine, and First Community Church, Marble Cliff, Ohio. His request was to have Pastor David Lambert, friend and fellow engineer, officiate his memorial service.
He joined the United States Navy in 1961. He proudly served his country, flying over 200 missions in three tours of Vietnam.
He served on the aircraft carrier, The Independence. After Guided Missile School in Dam Neck, Virginia, he was aboard the USS King Guided Missile Destroyer where he maintained missiles as a fire control technician.
He completed Officer Training in Newport, Rhode Island. He received his wings as a Naval Flight Officer in Corpus Christi, Texas. He then became a Tactical Coordinator and a Patrol Squadron Officer.
Clifford Provencal was awarded the Combat Air Medal for service in Vietnam.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Purdue University. He also earned the title Professional Engineer.
He worked for CIVES Construction in Auburn, Maine, then Harriman and Associates as a project manager.
In 1985 he began his career with the Naval Air Station in Brunswick, Maine. When he retired as Chief Engineer in August, 2005, he received a citation from the Rear Admiral of the Navy; a letter of appreciation came from President George W. Bush and his wife Laura congratulating him on 32 years of service.
His associates honored him with a surprise luau, complete with a whole roasted pig, speeches, and a barrage of rubber bands.
Cliff had a smile and encouraging words for each person he encountered. He was appreciated by friends, family and fellow workers.
The memorial service has been arranged by Phillips Funeral Home, 1004 South Seventh Street, Ironton, Ohio. Clifford Provencal's Celebration of Life will be 12 p.m., Saturday, October 12, 2019, at First Baptist Church, Ironton, Ohio. Pastor David Lambert is officiating. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m. before the service. Military Rites will be provided by V.F.W. Post 8850. To offer condolences, please visit
Published on October 8, 2019


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Paul DeHart
Oct 09, 2019
Sorry to hear the passing of Clifford Edmond Provencal
He lived in Westerville OH, and was a great man, he grew up in Ironton, OH. He was a great Officer in the US Navy. I live on 1341 Goldsmith Drive in Twelve Trees