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In April 1943, before graduation from Bremen High School, Gene enlisted in the Naval Air Corp. He served on a salvage and firefighting unit in Manila. Discharged from service in 1946, he enrolled at Ball State University on the GI Bill. While attending college, Gene met Dorothy Watson. They were married in March 1950 and enjoyed more than 60 years together.
After graduation, Gene taught and coached in Indiana, completing his career in public education as a guidance counselor. During their retirement years, Gene and Dorothy enjoyed spending time with their grandsons and traveling. In the summer of 2008, they moved to Arizona to be closer to their daughter and son.
Surviving are daughter, Karen Warrick, Prescott; son, James D. Clemens, Prescott; two grandsons, Christopher and Tyler Clemens; and brother, Richard Clemens. A celebration of life will be held for Gene Clemens at Las Fuentes, 1035 Scott Dr., Prescott, Arizona, in the activities room on Monday, April 30, 2018, from 1-3 p.m. Please come and share memories. Gene will be buried next to Dorothy at the Woodlawn Cemetery in Farmland, Indiana, following a graveside memorial. Date to be determined.
Donations in Gene’s memory may be made to South Adams Boys and Girls Club, Prescott Big Brothers Big Sisters, or Rotary International Scholarship Fund. Funeral arrangements entrusted to Ruffner-Wakelin Funeral Homes.
Please log on to www.ruffnerwakelin.com to sign Curtis’ guestbook and share a memory with the family.
Information provided by survivors.