Penwell Turner Funeral Home - Shelby, Ohio

Sue Ann (Kocher) Clingan

Sue Ann (Kocher) Clingan, 85, passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 peacefully in her home at 7:31 PM surrounded by her family.  She was born in Newark, Ohio on March, 12, 1939 to the late Rollin (Rollie) and Mary Kocher.  A graduate of Shelby High School class of 1957.  Shortly after her high school graduation, she began an on and off career at the First National Bank of Shelby, Ohio working in a variety of roles.  Sue mostly enjoyed being a teller interacting with people and blessing them with her smile.  Later in her life, she enjoyed volunteering as a guide at Oak Hill Cottage, Mansfield, Ohio.

Sue met the love of her life, David Hugh Clingan, on a Methodist Youth trip during a United Nations tour in New York City.  They were engaged months later watching a Cleveland Indians baseball game during the 7th inning stretch.  Sue and Dave were married March 25, 1961 just recently celebrating their 63rd year of marriage in 2024.

Her strong faith and her love of family were very important in her life.  She is survived by husband David of Shelby, Ohio; brother John (Cheryl) Kocher of Port Clinton, Ohio; her daughters, Amy (Curtis) Carter of Mt Vernon, Ohio and Molly (Steve) Hayman of Round Rock, Texas; 4 grandchildren Nicholas (Karley) Hayman, Canyon (Danielle) Carter, Cullen (Danielle) Carter, and Caira (Reese) Clendening.  8 great grandchildren: Baker, Bella, Sophia, James, Forrest, Levi, Cliff, Everett and one great grandson on the way.

Sue was a long-time member at the Shelby United Methodist church leading and serving in many committees including the church kitchen.  She was a very social person enjoying laughter and fellowship with her friends, especially the club 57 gals from her high school class and many years of playing cards with her friends in card club.  Sue enjoyed vacations with her family to beaches and traveling west, and trips to Texas to escape the cold Ohio winter months.  She especially loved to watch her grandson Nick play baseball and interacting with Nick’s friends.  During the spring and summer months you can bet she was watching Cleveland baseball and enjoying Ohio State and Cleveland Browns football in the fall.

The family would like to thank the Shelby Fire Department and OhioHealth Hospice for aiding in Sue’s final days of her care.

Family and friends are welcome to attend calling hours on Saturday, May 18, 2024 from 10 am-12 noon at the First United Methodist Church, 18 South Gamble Street, Shelby, Ohio. A celebration of Sue’s life conducted by Reverend Jeffery Croft will immediately follow at 12 noon with a brief lunch to follow. Burial will be at Franklin Cemetery at the former Franklin Church, Mansfield, Ohio.  Memorial contributions can be made to the Shelby First United Methodist Church, Shelby Fire Department, or the OhioHealth Hospice in Sue’s honor.

Online condolences may be left on Sue’s obituary on the funeral home’s website ( or Facebook page (


To view Sue’s Tribute Video click here: Sue’s Tribute Video

Memories & Condolence

  1. tom hadley says:

    So sorry to hear of your loss Dave. Sue was a special lady always so cheerful and full of the joy of life. My sincere condolances to all.

  2. Wendy Witker Sahanczyk says:

    Hello, sending love and prayers for your entire family. Sue was always so kind to everyone she knew. We were blessed to have known her through John and Cheryl.

  3. Linda Troxel says:

    Sue, I miss her already though we rarely got to see each other. I often reminisce of the fun we shared in our younger days and then with our husbands.
    David we send our love and prayers.
    Most sincerely,
    Dick and Linda Boudinot Troxel

  4. Sue Fairchild says:

    My heart sank when I saw this. Sue was absolutely the best. Her smile lit up every room. Dave, Amy, Molly and families, please accept our deepest sympathy and prayers for peace. Bill and Sue

  5. Nancy L Laird says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. I had not seen Sue for many years after moving to Illinois, but she was a valued member of our class of ‘57. Well done good and faithful servant. Nancy McLaughlin Laird

  6. Julianne Alt says:

    So very sorry for Sue’s passing. She will certainly be missed in church

  7. Tom Adams says:

    Dave, my sincere condolences to you and your family.

  8. Kay Meyer Gibson says:

    Dave, I can’t express to you how sorry I am for your loss. I loved Sue from the first time I met her at one of our Thanksgiving dinners. She was so genuine and full of smiles and laughter. Losing our longtime spouses is one of the hardest things to go through. You were a special couple. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. Love, Kay

  9. Julie Hicks says:

    Although I wasn’t blessed to know Sue, I know her daughter Molly and Sue raised an amazing, God loving woman whose smile makes each day special. My heart goes out to you all and may God comfort You during this hard time

  10. Mike Cady says:

    I am saddened at the news, but not sad for Susie, she in good hands.Christians must remember that death is a gift from the Lord.Away from pain and uncertainty, this cycle completed, and we can gladly enjoy her welcome in Heaven.Thank You for a life well lived and sharing joy along the way.

  11. Barb & Patrick Nugent says:

    Dave, Amy & Molly,
    I was so sorry to hear of Sue’s passing.
    She was always so fun to chat with at the
    Clingan Family Reunions. She was always so energetic & friendly with a beautiful smile. The reunion won’t be the same without her.
    We are keeping you all in our thoughts & prayers.❤️

  12. Dick and Sue Kirkendall says:

    Dave, Amy & Molly,
    We are so sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. I haven’t seen her for sometime but I have such wonderful memories of her. She was very special and will not be forgotten.

  13. Dick and Sue Kirkendall says:

    Dave, Amy &Molly,
    We are so sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. I haven’t seen Sue for some time but have such wonderful memories to remember her by. What a sweet fun person. Live on remembering the wonderful times you shared. Do take care.

  14. Becky (Alfrey) Coe says:

    Molly-so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. She was always so kind to me when I was at your house. Prayers for peace and comfort in the difficult days ahead.

  15. Joe & Sharon Kaler says:

    Dave, We were so very sorry to hear of Sue’s passing. I will always remember her happy cheery personality. She was always so much fun to talk to at our family reunions. I know she will be very much missed by you and your family. May God comfort you during this very sad time but know she is now with our Lord. Sending our love, Joe and Sharon

  16. Jeff Benton says:

    Molly and Steve,
    I am sorry to learn of the passing of Mollys mom. These days are so difficult but look to Gods grace and presence during the days ahead. Wishing you all the love and support to carry you through this time.
    I’m holding you in my thoughts and prayers.

  17. Cheryl and David Shade says:

    What I remember best, is her laughter and sense of humor. Such a sweet, kind person.
    Heaven gained an angel. Prayers to the entire family

  18. Larry Fraley says:

    Suzie was a friend to all that knew her, always laughing and smiling. We grew up at Shelby High school together.. Whenever it snowed , rained or they just wanted a ride home, I would find Sue , Jane Douglas, Nancy Hunt, and Judy Keller in my car wanting a ride home. She will be missed by all that knew her.

  19. Travis Klotz says:

    I would like to send my sympathy to the whole family on your loss. Visited with her a couple of times in the last twenty-five years. Met both of you the first time at Gretchen Kocker and David Klotz’s wedding at the Catawba Yacht Club. Also talked to her about the Kocker genealogy tree. She was so kind and could tell she loved her brother and her family so much. Was absolutely shocked she was so sick so suddenly with a serious illness. Her faith was strong and such a nice happy person to discuss old family memories. Rest in Peace Sue.

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