Richard L. Clemens

Wednesday, December 12, 2018

Richard L. Clemens, 73, of rural Marshall, died Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at St. Luke’s Hospital on the Plaza in Kansas City.

Funeral services will be Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at 1:30 p.m. at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, with Pastor William Voelker officiating. Private family burial will be held at a later date at Ridge Park Cemetery in Marshall. Visitation will be Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, from 1 until 3 p.m. in the Fireside Room at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. Memorials are suggested to the Hellwege Scholarship Fund at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, Saline County Fairgrounds, Hardeman Chapel Fund, or Ridge Park Cemetery Tree Fund in care of Weiker Funeral Home in Slater.

Born April 4, 1945, in Marshall, he was the son of the late John R. “Jack” and Ruby Weber Clemens. He attended Jester School and was a 1963 graduate of Marshall High School. He continued his education at Missouri Valley College completing a Bachelor’s of Science in Accounting in 1967. After graduation, Mr. Clemens obtained a position as an auditor for the USDA Inspector General where he met his future bride. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969. On June 5, 1971, he married Nellie Sue Uhrig in Carrollton and later returned to Marshall before moving to Jefferson City to become an auditor in the State of Missouri Insurance Division. Mr. Clemens returned to the family farm, Clemens Circle C Farm, in rural Marshall in 1975. He owned and operated the farm until his retirement. In 2016, he was elected Saline County Northern District Commissioner and fulfilled his lifelong dream to serve the community in an elected position.

Mr. Clemens was an active member of his community and will be missed by many who were touched by his leadership, vibrant personality, and smile. He was a member of Our Redeemer Lutheran Church. He served as a current member and officer of the American Legion Post No. 191; the V.F.W. Post No. 2646, where he served as the senior vice-commander; charter member of the Salt Fork Pachyderm Club, receiving the high honor of the Tough Tusk Award; chairman of the Saline County Republican Central Committee, 21st Missouri Senatorial District; Ridge Park Cemetery Board of Directors; Slater Chamber of Commerce; MFA board delegate; treasurer of the Saline County Rural Fire Board; and the past president of the Saline County Fair Board. His past community service included past president of the Glasgow Levee Board, Missouri Pork Producers, Saline County Extension Council, and Saline County 4-H Council.

He is survived by two daughters, Anna Clemens Gass of rural Marshall, and Rebecca Clemens Buie of Fairfield, Iowa; four grandchildren, Abigail Gass, Vivian Buie, Simeon Buie and Lilian Buie; one brother, George Clemens (Ruth) of rural Marshall; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

Mr. Clemens was preceded in death by his parents; and his wife, Nellie.