Obituary of Clair "Butch" Clemens
Clair W. “Butch” Clemens, a long-time resident of Towamencin Township, PA, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, April 18, 2020.
Born March 26, 1930, in Mainland, PA, to the late John S. and Viola (Weigner) Clemens, Butch spent his early years at the Pleasant Valley Packing Company until it burned down in 1946. He married his wife Arlayne (Gottshall) Clemens in 1951. They celebrated their 68th wedding anniversary on September 15, 2019. After living in Hatfield for a short time, they moved to Towamencin Township where they lived and raised their family for 62 years. This past year, Butch has been lovingly cared for at Dock Terrace, Lansdale.
Butch spent his entire working career at Hatfield Quality Meats, currently known as Clemens Food Group. During his working years, he wore many hats, working in all parts of the plant. He was president and CEO from 1993 until his retirement in 1995.
He was a founding and active member of Cornerstone Church of Skippack, where he served on the building committee and was often seen plowing the church parking lot after a snowstorm. He was a faithful servant until his health no longer permitted him to participate. As a member of Towamencin Volunteer Fire Company, joining in 1952, Butch served as chief for 33 years. He served as a Towamencin Township supervisor for nine years, and was a member of the Pennsylvania Game Commission, the Harleysville/Souderton Gun Club, and the Bonnell Run Hunting and Fishing Club, serving as president for nine years. He also was instrumental in the local 4-H program, as well as serving on numerous boards throughout the community.
Butch had a great love for his wife, family, and his Lord and Savior. He loved God’s creation, spending time with his sons and grandchildren hunting and fishing, 4-wheeling and snowmobiling with the family, and sharing many stories of his life experiences. He will be remembered for the way that he served others sacrificially, always caring more about the needs of others rather than his own. The hope, peace, and comfort we cling to during our earthly loss is knowing that we will be reunited with him and our Lord and Savior in heaven.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Donna Ketterer and her husband, J.R., and Sandra Linberger and her husband, Richard; three sons, Douglas Clemens and his wife, Rebecca, Thomas Clemens and his wife, Alicia, and Steven Clemens and his wife, Patricia; 18 grandchildren and 20 great grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Joyce Clemens and her husband, Laverne; two brothers, Kenneth Clemens and his wife, Fran, and Richard Clemens and his wife, Donna; and a sister-in-law, Emily Clemens.
He was preceded in death by a sister, Arlene Woelkers and her husband, Harry, and a brother, John W. Clemens.
Due to the health crisis and the current restrictions on gatherings, a private graveside service will take place at Garden of Memories in Worcester, PA, following a private viewing. A public memorial service will be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made in his memory to the Mary Campbell Center, 4641 Weldin Rd., Wilmington, DE 19803, or to Kentucky Mountain Mission, P. O. Box 588, Beattyville, KY 41311. Arrangements are by R. L. Williams, Jr. Funeral Home, Inc. of Skippack, PA. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.RLWilliamsFuneralHome.com.