Wes H. Claire, 89

Wes H. Claire, 89, of Otsego, died peacefully Friday, Dec 2, 2011.
He was a World War II U.S. Marine Corps paratrooper with the 5th Division, 1st Battalion, 28th Marines, B. Co.  Iwo Jima. Also saw action in  Guadalcanal, Vella La Vella and Bougainville.  Mr. Claire was instrumental in the flag-raising on Iwo Jima.
His funeral service was Friday, Dec. 9 at Dare’s Funeral Home in Elk River. Interment was at Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, Little Falls.
Mr. Claire is survived by partner, Elaine Speaker; son, Michael; daughters, Rita Poff and Marie Chandler; seven grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; brother, David (Sue) of Mound; special friends Don and Joy Wander; and many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Danielle Poff; sister, Leona Stromberg; and brothers, Dennis, James, Lloyd “Duke” and Glen.
Memorials are preferred.