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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WE THE MEMBERS OF THE VFW AUXILIARY 1162 PLYMOUTH INDIANA ARE DEEPLY SADDEN TO HEAR OF SAM'S PASSING ALL OF HIS FAMILY AND FRIENDS ARE IN OUR THOUGHTS AND PRAYERS GOD BLESS SUZANNE GIBSON VFW 1162 AUXILIARY CHAPLAIN 606 LAKE AVE PLYMOUTH INDIANA 46563 574-936-2245... Continue Reading
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jpowers@embarqmail.com
March 28
Terry, Julie and Clemens family. we are sorry for your loss. Praying for your comfort and peace. Jennie & Jack Powers
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Linda Langfeldt
March 28
A story from the past; Ed Langfeldt was at Plymouth High School in 59. The police came once in awhile & everyone that drove to school would be required to get their car & drive through a check. Ed’s car had a loud muffler which would never had passed inspection. He d... Continue Reading
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Rosie Regedanz
March 27
Dearest Louann. My condolences and prayers to you and your family. God bless.
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Judy and Barb Bailey
March 27
Terry, Julie and family - our deepest condolences on the loss of your father.
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Ken Rogan
March 27
Terry, Larry, Cindy, & Louann. Sam meant as much to me as my own father growing up. I have many good memories from years of kart racing to being at our house every night helping my Dad build many fast successful race cars. Sam always tried to make everyone laugh & I don'... Continue Reading
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Ed Barcus
March 26
Louann, Terry and the entire Clemens Family, Please accept my most sincere condolences. Sam had the most awesome personality and sense of humor. I have so many fond memories of laughs at the station,McDonalds and a lot of other places, some even at my expense. May you f... Continue Reading
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Liz
March 26
It breaks my heart knowing Sam has passed. He knows he was my absolute favorite. I know he is no longer in pain, which makes my heart happy. My prayers are with the family. He will be missed, that’s for sure. ❤️ Liz Brown