Clarence P. Driftmyer

November 08, 1931 ‒ December 05, 2018

Mount Vernon, Ohio

Clarence P. Driftmyer, age 87, of Mount Vernon passed away on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at the Knox Community Hospital.

He was born on November 8, 1931 in Gibsonburg, Ohio to the late Paul and Nina (Starkey) Driftmyer.  Clarence was a Pastor for the Church of the Nazarene and retired in 1999 after many years of service.

He is survived by his wife, of over 63 years, Gladola (Todd) Driftmyer; his sons, Paul (Pamela) Driftmyer of Fredericktown, Mark Driftmyer of Mount Vernon; his step grandson Jordan Mahaffey; and his brother Carl (Rosemary) Driftmyer of Port Clinton.

In addition to his parents, Clarence was preceded in death by his brother Richard Driftmyer.

Friends may call on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 from 11-1PM at the Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene.  A service will follow, beginning at 1PM, with Rev. Scott Sharpes officiating.  Burial will follow in Memorial Gardens Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to:  Gideons International.

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  • He was one of my favorite pastors as a young kid growing up in Payne. I still think think of him often and was sadden to learn of his passing this morning. You will be in my thoughts and prayers as you go through this time of sorrow.

  • Our thoughts and prayers are with the family. Such great memories of when he pastored in Payne, Ohio.

  • Rev. Driftmeyer’s ministry was my first introduction to the Church of the Nazarene. His preaching sent me on a journey that eventually led me to the foot of the cross where I found Jesus. I will be forevermore greatful for the part Rev. Driftmeyer, his family, and the Payne church played in this.