Posted: Mon 6:26 AM, Apr 01, 2013
July 20, 1931 - December 16, 2012
Commander Claude E. Mounce, U.S. Navy (Retired), died at his home December 16, 2012. He had expressed to the family that he didn't want to have a funeral. Instead he said, "Have a party". In keeping with his wishes, the family hosted memorial services to celebrate his life at the family farm near Millican on Saturday, March 30, 2013.
Live music was provided by Cdr. Mounce's nephew Diggy Bell, of Abilene and Scooter Sayers, of College Station and was enjoyed by all who attended. Children's Librarian Bobbee Pennington presented some early day tunes based on Cdr. Mounce's favorites. Two sisters-in-law, Jeanene Bell of Abilene and Sandra Samuels of Big Spring, read scriptures from a well-worn Bible, given to Cdr. Mounce by his mother, Pansy Langham Mounce in 1954. The Bible was given to his daughter, Jeane Mounce DVM in 2007. In unison, the guests read the last verse of Oliver Wendel Holmes' "The Chambered Nautilis", a poem that was the Commander's favorite. He would recite it at various times.
At noon guests were treated with Chef Linda Napier's, award winning barbecue.
Cdr. Mounce taught at Texas A&M in the agricultural engineering from 1980 - 1994. He held a degree from the University of Texas, a masters degree in public relations from Boston University, a masters degree in agriculture from Texas A&M, and a degree from the Naval War College in Newport News, Rhode Island.
While teaching at A&M he was presented with a teaching excellence award from the Association of Former Students in recognition of his classroom talents.
He entered the U.S. Navy in 1952 after graduating from University of Texas. He applied for flight training and was successful, receiving his wings in 1954.
Survivors include his two wonderful daughters, Jeane Mounce, DVM and Bethe Mounce. Both related activities with their father who was always there when there was a new horse to be trained, the car or motorcycle didn't work, or a barn was needed so he built a two storied gambrel roof barn, a six sided hay barn, a geodesic dome for the horses and two garages (His and Hers) and a gazebo.
Also surviving is his wife, Clara Mounce, the retired community librarian. He supported Clara in all aspects of her career as a librarian. They met at a journalism conference in 1952 and he told his roommates at the University of Texas that he had met the woman he wanted to marry. Five years later they got married and started a wonderful life of traveling from coast to coast. Before retiring, they extended their stay in Naples, Italy and traveled to many of the countries during seven years of European style living.
He is also survived by one grandson, Andrew Blasienz, who grew up traveling with him to London, Italy, Washington D.C. and Texas.
The family requests that if you want to express your sympathy, please make a donation to the Carnegie Library, 111 S. Main Street, Bryan, Texas 77803.