The Rev. Clarence Robert Landis of Harlan, KY, passed away on May 26, 2014. He was 78. A retired clergy member of the Eastern PA Conference, he served in extension ministry in other United Methodist conferences from 1961 to 2003, until his retirement.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the Mary Helen and Cranks United Methodist churches, 85 Circle Pine Drive, Coalgood, KY 40818, or to Red Bird Christian School, 70 Queendale Center, Beverly, KY 40913. Condolences may be sent to his widow, Mrs. Ruth E. Landis at 313 Walnut Lane, Harlan, KY 40831-7233.
Born in Lancaster County in 1936, Landis graduated from Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania and United Theological Seminary in Dayton, OH. He also received his master’s degree in education from Union College in Barbourville, KY.
He felt a call to missions in his teen years, which led him to the Red Bird Missionary Conference in Beverly, KY. He taught school and served on numerous committees there and served as pastor of the Jack’s Creek and Bowens Creek United Methodist churches for 10 years. In 1976 he became pastor at Mary Helen UMC in Harlan County and then Cranks UMC. He was active in many community organizations, and in 2013 a new 4-H building was named in honor of him and his wife because of their dedicated service.
Landis is survived by his wife of 48 years, Elaine Groff Landis; his three children, Michael and Michelle Landis of Harlan; David and Leah Landis of Calvert City, KY; and Susan and Brian Pennington of Morehead, KY. He is also survived by seven grandchildren.