William Ward Clore


Personal and Family Information

William was born on 6 Dec 1901 in Crescent City, Flordia, the son of Wallace Bondurant Clore and Margaret Edith Ward.

He died on 10 Oct 1986 in Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona.

His wife was Catherine DeWolf Lloyd, who he married on 26 SEP 1926 in Winnetka, Cook County, Ilinois. Their two known children were William Ward (1931-1962) and Lloyd DeWolf (1936-2022).

Pedigree Chart (3 generations)


William Ward Clore


Wallace Bondurant Clore


Margaret Edith Ward



Birth6 DEC 1901
Place: Crescent City, Flordia
Death10 OCT 1986
Place: Phoenix, Maricopa County, Arizona
Census22 MAY 1940
Place: Cook County, Illinois
Age: 38 b Florida
Address: New Trier, 654 Cherry St, household 176, rented $75, Clora, William, head, mw 38 m born Florida, samehouse 1935, broker for insurance, ___ Catherine, wife fw 35 married, born Illinois, samehouse 1935, social secretary in private business. ___ William Jr, son mw 9 single, born Illinois ___ Lloyd, daughter fw 3 single bron Illinois Holthaus, Ester, domestic fw 20 single born Iowa
Place: Wye House, Talbot County, Maryland
Address: Grave 99A N 38° 51.28’ W076° 10.08’ Lloyd Family Cemetery Easton, Talbot County, Md




Note 1


This story is about my sixth cousin, Ward Clore. ItThis story is about my sixth cousin, Ward Clore. It’s one of those stories that leaves you hoping that there is indeed a more perfect justice in the next world than that which is meted out in this one.

Bill and Catherine Lloyd Clore married in Illinois and had a son — William Ward Clore, Jr., known as Ward — and a daughter — Lloyd deWolf Clore. Bill was an insurance salesman near Chicago, but the family relocated to Phoenix, Arizona, where he was general agent for the New England Mutual Insurance Company. The Clore family was well known in the area, involved in civic affairs and their Trinity Episcopal church community. The children graduated from high school there and attended Arizona State College, Ward having first served in the Air Force.

On October 3, 1954, Ward married Mary Alice Tedrick. They had two children before they divorced. Ward remarried and both he and his second wife, Nancy, were employed at the Valley National Bank branch at Central and Southern in Phoenix.

At about 1:00 on the afternoon of Friday, October 19, 1962, a man entered the bank and asked to see the manager. He was ushered into the office of Robert W. Hasseries. The female bank employees noted his presence because he was “strikingly handsome,” “well-built,” and neatly dressed in sport coat and tie, freshly pressed trousers and highly polished shoes. He was later identified as Robert Camacho, 35. What the employees couldn’t see was that Camacho had a gun, and he ordered Hasseries to write out a sight draft for $10,000 in the name of Robert Marshall and to take it to a teller.

The teller said he didn’t have enough cash in the drawer to honor the draft, but Ward Clore, operations manager, was sitting nearby and volunteered to get the money from the vault. Only Hasseries realized a robbery was in progress. After the money was obtained and handed to the “customer,” Camacho told the bank employees that he and Hasseries were going out for coffee. They left the building and got into the manager’s car.

Clore apparently became suspicious at that point, got in his own car and took off after them. By then, Camacho had driven three blocks and let the bank manager out of the car. Clore saw the car and followed it to a shopping center. At the end of an L-shaped alley behind the stores, he asked a truck driver if he had seen a man go down the alley. When the driver answered that he had, Clore started down the alley on foot. Two women later told FBI agents they saw a red-haired woman grab Clore in the alley and pull him into Hasseries’ vehicle, which drove off. They were the last people to see Ward Clore alive.

Less than an hour later, Hasseries received a telephone call from the robber: “I have one of your boys.” Clore then was put on the phone and said, “Bob, this is Ward. I’m all right–so far.” Then the phone went dead.

Police immediately searched house to house in the area and pursued leads for three years without solving the crime, years filled with rumors, false reports, speculation and even an attempt to invoke a mentalist’s powers to crack the case. By 1965, the FBI file on the case filled 25 volumes, each as thick as a Phoenix telephone book. And Ward Clore’s body had never been found.

Robert Camacho, however, was alive and well and still residing in Arizona. A native of Tucson, Camacho and his wife, Lupita, had four children. He was a WWII veteran, employed for at least seven years as assistant right-of-way agent for the Pima County Highway Department, and was a member of the Young Democrats of Greater Tucson, the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Citizens Democratic Club, and American Legion. In September 1962, one month before he held up the Valley National Bank, Camacho ran for the Democratic nomination for state representative from District 3. His bid was unsuccessful, and when he returned to work after having taken a leave of absence during the campaign, he found that his job had been eliminated and he was relegated to being a highway laborer, at a lower salary. Perhaps that was the beginning of Camacho’s downhill slide.

n 1963, he moved with his wife and two children to Nogales, where he worked as freight manager for the City Express Line. The owner of the firm described him as being of “above average ability” and said he was “smart, had a good appearance.” He started a business importing loads of charcoal from Mexico and selling them in Nogales and Tucson, but he was not particularly successful in this venture. Acquaintances in Nogales said Camacho was a “nice guy,” but liked to live well above his income, taking frequent trips to Las Vegas and California. He was a member of a Nogales country club, but the club learned not to accept his personal checks.

In 1964, Ward Clore was declared legally dead (as of October 19, 1962, the date of the robbery and abduction) so that his family could receive benefits.

Evidently Camacho concluded that robbing banks was the easiest way to supplement his income and live in the style to which he had become accustomed. But his luck ran out in October 1965 when he tried robbing the Valley National Bank at 16th Street and Buckeye in Phoenix and was apprehended before he could get away. Federal charges were filed against Camacho for this bank robbery as well as for three others, including the 1962 holdup from which Ward Clore vanished; a similar robbery in March 1963 in which the manager was forced to accompany the robber for a short distance; and a holdup on March 3, 1965, from which he escaped after being chased on foot by the bank manager. In his final attempt, a bank secretary had been able to alert the police, who chased Camacho as he left the bank. A gunfight broke out and Camacho was hit in the thigh.

Note 2


Spokane - Lloyd deWolf Clore (Ray) Daigre, age 86, entered God's court with praise and thanksgiving on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2022, in her home in Spokane, WA. She was named by her mother before her birth... "be it boy or girl" ...she carries her family name, "Lloyd" {like a boy but she is a girl}.

Her greatest joy was sharing her FAITH and her relationship with Jesus Christ. The consummate prayer warrior. She is survived by her husband, Francis (Dinky) Heno Daigre, along with seven of her eight children, three of her four stepchildren, many grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. Lloyd was preceded in death by her parents, her brother, a son, and a stepdaughter.

Services celebrating Lloyd's life will be on Saturday, Jan. 28, 2023, at 11:00 a.m. at North Addison Baptist Church, 6120 N. Addison St., Spokane, WA 99208. The burial of her ashes will occur at a later date at Wye House in Easton, Maryland.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Special Olympics in honor of Lloyd's special needs son, Wm. Ward Ray.

Published by Spokesman-Review on Jan. 15, 2023.

Note 3

Cindy Clore crclore@q.com

provides updates on Clore and related branches.

Aug 2017 My name is Cindy Clore and I am married to Richard Scott Clore (whose father was William Ward Clore, Jr. "Ward" and grandmother was Catherine DeWolf Lloyd Clore).  We were in Washington DC a couple of weeks ago and spent the day with Patti Wiemers and she shared your website with me.  What an amazing job you have done!!!

I believe from everything I have read, that Scott's grandmother went by the name of Catty....with a "y". I'm not sure if he is the one that did the list of burials, but it might have been something he found in his grandmother's stuff and just passed it on. Catty was great about documenting people and places.

We have tons of pictures. When Scott's grandparents died, he got about 20 of their photo albums and there are great pictures in there of Wye House and relatives. Many, many pictures of the three sisters (Marguerite, Scrap and Catty and their parents). Honestly, these are pictures that should be scanned in and shared with all the family. Sometime if you are in the Phoenix area, stop by--You would probably love some of these pictures. At some point, I can go through some of these albums and find pics for you.

Sept 2017

Catherine DeWolf Lloyd was born 7-12-1903 in Kenilworth, Illinois.

Catherine DeWolf Lloyd and William Ward Clore were married 9-25-1926 in Winnetka, Illinois.

They had two children:

William Ward Clore, Jr. born on 3-29-1931 and Lloyd DeWolf Clore, born on 5-3-1936.

William Ward Clore, Jr. married Mary Alice Tedrick on 10-5-54 in Salome, Arizona.

They had two children:

Richard Scott Clore, born 6-21-1955

Sheryl Clore, born 3-22-1957

**correction to your notes, William Ward Clore, Jr.'s remains were found in the mountains near Globe, Arizona.

Lloyd DeWolf Clore married Harry Charles Ray, Jr. in April of 1955 (couldn't find a date) in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. They were divorced after many years together and Lloyd is now married to Francis Daigre and they live in Spokane, Washington. <Francis Heno Daigre age 74 and Lloyd C Daigre, previous Kenner La>

Lloyd and Harry had 8 children:

Catherine Margaret Ray born 2-25-1956, divorced and has a couple of kids. Lives in Traverse City, Michigan.

Barbara DeWolf Ray born 6-14-1957, is now married to RJ David and lives in Pennsylvania. I believe she has a couple of kids from a previous marriage.

Anne Marie Ray born 8-2-1958, married to Mel Eunice. Lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana and has one son William.

Harry Charles Ray III born 10-13-1959, single, has never married, no children. Lives in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Deborah Diane Ray born 11-22-1960, married to Jim Dalton and they have a couple kids. Lives in Cloudcroft, New Mexico.

Elizabeth Lloyd Ray born 9-23-1962, divorced, has several children. Lives in Coon Rapids, Minnesota.

Margie Mae Ray born 11-22-63, single, divorced from Jim Ruiz. Lives in Spokane, Washington.

William Ward Ray born 12-8-1965, single, has never married. Lives in Spokane, Washington.

That's about all I have for Lloyd's family.

Here is some info on Richard Scott Clore's family. Forgive me if this is too much. Not sure how much detail you want but you can pick and choose what you need.

Richard Scott Clore married Michelle Daniels in 1975 and they were divorced in 1983. They had two children:

Richard Scott Clore, Jr. born 7-10-1980. He is married to Tina Corey and they have one daughter Sage Corey Clore, born on 2-18-2016.

Catherine Danielle Clore, born 2-24-1983. She is married to Justin Plunkett and they have two children, Maggie Breann Plunkett, born 4-12-2008 and Nixon Royce Plunkett, born 11-24-2009.

Richard Scott Clore married Cynthia Renee Nannenga (ME!!!) on 6-2-1984. We have two children, David William Clore, born 12-26-1988 and Michael Ivan Clore, born 3-27-1990. Both are single and have no children.

I don't have much information on my husband's sister, Sheryl. We have no contact with her. I do know that she has been married a couple times and has one daughter, Anastacia ("Stacy") with her first husband, Clay Fluer (not sure of the spelling). The last we heard she was living in Minnesota.

Mary Alice was born on 9-13-1936 in Hot Springs, Arkansas (and died on 4-22-1990). Wow....today would have been her 82nd birthday.

Yes she was the daughter of Harold and Myrtis Mae Tedrick and she went to North High. She was a close friend of Lloyd Clore and that's how she met Scott's dad.

crclore@q.com 10 Jan 2023 Good afternoon Arthur,

Hope this email finds you well. Just wanted to give you a couple of dates to add to your genealogy.

Harry Charles Ray III, born in 1957 passed away on May 22, 2021 in New Orleans.

Lloyd DeWolf (Clore) Ray Daigre, born in 1936 passed away on December 31, 2022, in Spokane, Washington. Burial will be at Wye House later this summer.

We made a trip to Maryland in August and spent an afternoon with Patti, Charlie and Katie. We also had an opportunity to go to Easton and make a visit to Wye House.

Cindy Clore