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Dr. Claud Albert Kendall of Fairmont, died in his home Wednesday (Feb. 7, 2018) after a long illness.
He was 86 years old. He was born April 29, 1931 to Claude Carl and Mildred Cottrill Kendall in Mannington.
Claud is survived by his wife, Florene; son, Stephen, and Tina Kendall of Fairmont and their children Whitney, Chandler, Wyndsom, Cierra and Spencer; his daughter, Stephanie Cheek of Hilton Head, South Carolina and her children, Nakoma, Sequoia and Kinyan. He is also survived by his sister, Mary Jo Phillips and her son Gregory Phillips of Medina, Ohio; his brother, Dr. Charles Robert Kendall and his daughter, Deborah Kendall of Elberton, Georgia; his sisters-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Tex (Delores) Hughes of Grafton, and Mr. and Mrs. Donnie (Patricia) Nottingham of Durbin; and brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Harley K. (Maxine) Nottingham Jr. of Fairmont. He is preceded in death by his parents.
He was a member and Elder of the First Presbyterian Church of Fairmont. He was a practicing optometrist in Fairmont for 60 years. He was an active lecturer in his profession at several universities. A crowning achievement was his patent for a version of the bifocal contact lens, issued in 1973, the Ultrafocal and fitting process Ultrafit.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army as a ranger in the Korean War and a 32-Degree Mason with the Acacia Lodge 157.
At Claud's request, his body was donated to the West Virginia University Human Gift Registry for the advancement of science. A memorial service will be held at a later time.
Published on February 12, 2018
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