WELLS - Clement "Clem" F. Larson, 92, Wells, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, Nov. 24, 2012, while surrounded by his family at Sunnyview A.F.C. He was born on Feb. 29, 1920, in Gladstone, Mich., the son of the late Joseph and Mary (Anderson) Larson.
Clem graduated from Gladstone High School in 1938 and In July of 1942, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. He served in France and Germany with the 95th Division, 378th Infantry. During his service, he was awarded a Silver Star, Bronze Star, Combat Infantry Badges, as well as numerous other service awards. Clem was honorably discharged on Nov. 21, 1945. After returning to Gladstone, he met and married the former Virginia Mileski of Wells on Feb. 22, 1946.
He was employed by Neenah Paper, Chicago Northwestern Railroad and Mead Paper. He retired from Mead in 1982 after 25 years. Clem was an original member of the Wells Lions Club and was also a member of the Mead Management Club and the 25 Year Club. He was also a lifelong member of St. Anthony of Padua in Wells.
Clement ‘Clem’ F. Larson
Clement ‘Clem’ F. Larson
Throughout his life, Clem was happiest spending time with his family. He loved to travel with family and special friends. Clem was a skilled woodworker. He especially cherished projects he built with his grandchildren. Other hobbies included: golfing, bowling, playing cribbage with friends, studying history and cheering on the Packers and Tigers.
Clem is survived by his four children: Joe (Jeanne) Larson of Escanaba, Barbara (Ronald) McCollum of Perry, Mich., Clement "Tod" (Janet) Larson Jr. of Escanaba and Elizabeth (Stephen) Lenca of Escanaba; one brother, Robert (Bernice) Larson of Wells; eight grandchildren, Sarah, Jacob, Clem III, Anne, John, Neil, Lauren and Samuel; five great-grandchildren, Olivia, Jonah, Mason, Jemma and Henrik, as well as many nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Virginia; five brothers, Willard, Harvey, Stanley "Ike", Norman and Lloyd; six sisters, Edith Dabney, Myrtle Lerioux, Dorothy Johnson, Ruth Legault, Norma Lavigne and Jane Bruntjens.
As a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend, he enriched our lives. We all shared many wonderful memories and we will miss him dearly. He was a good man. He lived a good life.
Friends may call from 2 to 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 28, at the Allo Coolman Funeral Home in Escanaba. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 5 p.m. on Wednesday at St. Anthony of Padua in Wells with Fr. Rick Courier officiating. A luncheon will follow Mass in the church parish hall. Burial will take place in the Gardens of Rest Cemetery.