Clement ‘Clem’ R. Sharkey

ESCANABA — Clement “Clem” R. Sharkey, 91, of Escanaba, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018, in Escanaba. He was born on Nov. 23, 1926, in Iron Mountain, Mich., the son of the late John and Lea (Duranceau) Sharkey. On Sept. 19, 1950, he married the former Beverly Henriksen in Connecticut.

After graduating from Escanaba High School in 1944, Clem proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy during World War II, serving in the Atlantic and Pacific Theatre. After the war, he was sent to the Bikini atoll in 1946 to help in the atom bomb experiments.

Clem was a construction superintendent for 20 years, then owned and operated Northland Bar & Hotel, and was also the owner of Wolverine Roofing Company. He was one of the original founders and served for nine years with the Delta County Sheriff Department search and rescue unit. Amongst his many interests, Clem loved the outdoors, hunting, fishing and was an avid history buff. Clem also loved watching the Packers and Tigers.

He is survived by his loving wife, five children, Sandra Ramstack, Steve Sharkey, Linda (Tom) Gilgenbach, Donna (Gary) Nash and Diana Anderson; 12 grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Clem was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Jack and Don Sharkey.

Friends may call from 2 to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 21, at the Allo Coolman Funeral Home, 400 S. 10th St., Escanaba, MI 49829, with Delta County Veterans Council rites at 3:45 p.m. A funeral service to celebrate the life of Clement Sharkey will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday at the funeral home with Fr. Eric Olson officiating. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery. Please visit to send online condolences to his family.