Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Henry Paul Clemen
June 9, 1934 — July 7, 2013
Hank Clemen, 79, died peacefully at home in Walla Walla from complications of MS. He met his final days with courage and died in the arms of his loving wife of 55 years, Lorraine.
Hank is survived by his wife; his children, Jacquie (Dan) Roach, David (Kim) Clemen, Renee (Peter) Mohr and Annemarie (Joe) Weber; 12 grandchildren Colin, Kevin, Madeleine, Ryan, Shane, Casey, Daniel, Rachel, Reilly, Monika, Renee and Zachary; one great-grandchild, Aidyn; numerous nieces and nephews and many friends.
Hank was born in Ipswich, S.D., the 13th of 18 children to Henry and Anna Clemen. Surviving siblings include James (Betty) Clemen, Helen (Gary) Yelle, Melvin (Dorothy) Clemen and Patti (Tom) Higgins. He was preceded in death by his parents and 13 siblings who greeted him in heaven. Heartfelt thanks to his long-term caregivers, Angie Lake, Celia Miacedonio and Sharon Gossett, who cared for Hank with such gentleness.
Hank graduated from O’Dea High School and Seattle University, where he met his future wife. He was an engineer for the Boeing Company and retired after 37 years. He enjoyed camping, skiing, running, softball, cribbage and spending time with his family. He had a nickname for everyone and accepted people for who they were. As a result, Hank was loved by all who knew him. Hank lived with MS for 27 years and did so with amazing grace. He was a man of strong faith and will be remembered for his dedication to his church and his steadfast kindness to everyone. MS may have robbed Hank of his physical prowess but it did not rob him of the tremendous joy he found in living. He is dancing with the angels! Rosary, Aug. 1, 6:30 p.m.; Memorial Aug. 2, 10:30 a.m.; St. Patrick Church. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the Providence St. Mary Foundation (please note Home Health) and Hospice of Walla Walla.