Sam J. Clemens

Sam J. Clemens

Sam J. Clemens (85) of Plymouth, Indiana passed away on March 25, 2020 at 5:40 PM in Hospice House, South Bend, Indiana. Sam was born the son of James and Gladys (Wagner) Clemens on August 25, 1934 in Culver, Indiana. He was a lifelong resident of the area. He proudly served his country during the Korean War from June 20, 1952 until August 19, 1955. Sam was active during that time as part of the United States Navy, and was based in Norfolk, Virginia. On June 20, 1959. Sam married the love of his life, LouAnn (Bennett) Clemens. He owned his service station in Argos, Indiana (formerly D. A. Burkett & Sons), formerly Sinclair and ARCO. Sam retired as an auto mechanic after several years of working at his shop. He was a member of the Argos United Methodist Church and a life member of the Argos American Legion. Sam was known for being able to fix anything. He could take something that was in the worst of shape and transform it into a working machine that looked and ran like new. He built stock cars for local tracks; those cars held numerous track records. Even his own cars were modified and fast. Sam was responsible for the yellow 57 Chevy convertible with the red heart #34 on its side, driven by Don Rogan. He also loved hunting and cutting firewood for his shop and kids, hunting mushrooms, antique John Deere tractors, and rebuilding his 1957 Ford retractable. Sam was always service-oriented and had a heart for always helping people. All his children grew to know this trait. He loved playing practical jokes every time he saw the opportunity to do so. Sam is survived by his loving wife, LouAnn Clemens. Survivors also include his children, Terry (Julie) Clemens of Bourbon, Larry (Mercedes) Clemens of Angola, Cindy (Scott) Campbell of Fort Wayne, LeeRoy (Rachel) Bennett of Argos and Debbie (Tim) Hagan of Denver, Colorado. Grandchildren who survive include Bethany Clemens, Alissa (Michael) Wyrick, Melanie (Josh) Walker, Christopher Clemens, Maria Clemens, Matt Campbell, Bailey (and fiancé Sean Alford) Campbell, Landon Campbell, and Christine Bennett. There are several great-grandchildren who survive, including twins who are on the way. Brother Robert (Phyllis) Reinhold of Culver also survives. He was preceded in death by his parents, granddaughter Patricia Bennett and his brother Randy Clemens. Thank you to the staff of Deaton-Clemens Funeral Home for supporting my family during this time. Due to the current restrictions created by the COVID 19 outbreak, private services for only the family will be held. A celebration of Sam’s life will be announced when the situation allows, and all restrictions have been lifted. We wish to thank you for your support and look forward to celebrating Sam’s life. Memorials may be made to Marshall County Hospice and Palliative Care (112 South Center Street, Plymouth, Indiana 46563), or Argos United Methodist Church (570 North Michigan Street, Argos, Indiana 46501).
August 25, 1934 - March 25, 202008/25/193403/25/2020
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Jean Stauffer
March 30
so very saddened to learn of Sam’s passing..I have known him since I was 5 years old...he was 15 yrs old and a paper boy for my dad, Bruce VanDerWeele, at the Argos NewsStand...we lived up above the store and I would see him almost everyday..I can still see him putting... Continue Reading
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Manta Valentino Parker
March 29
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Eugene Cooper
March 28
Janice and I extend our deepest sympathy to the family. I've known Sam since my freshman year in high school. He sat in front of me in study hall. I couldn't have had a better buddy in high school. I also visited his repair shop for repairs to my vehicles. We always h... Continue Reading
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March 28

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March 27
You were so much an important person in our memories growing up in the Argos community. After we married, we bought a Pontiac Grand Prix that always had brake trouble. Sam would tease us for years and say, "There's that wild, crazy driver that expects me to keep brakes o... Continue Reading
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John Shafer
March 27
I remember working at the gas station with Sam. He taught me how to fix a flat. Great guy.
Jan Umbaugh
March 27
I still remember the days at the gas station when he was working on one of my dad's vehicles. I spent a few days there every year in the waiting area with a candy or pop treat. I know my mom enjoyed talking with you when you spent some time at Miller's this winter.
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Timothy Irwin
March 27
I remember when my Dad built their house north of Argos, on U.S 31 for Lou Ann and Sam. Also him teasing on me at the gas station. Him crouched behind a car pumping gas, also underneath working on a vehicle on the hoist. Talking about South Bend Race track and how the... Continue Reading