Age 79, a lifelong resident of Saunt Road in Napoleon Township, passed away at his home under the loving care of his family on Wednesday September 29, 2021.
David was born at Jackson in 1941, the son of Carl and Alice (Koppin) Clemons. He grew up on the family farm and graduated from Napoleon High School in 1960. David served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam; he was discharged and returned home at the time of his father’s passing in 1965. In 1966, he married his best friend of the past 55 years, Margaret “Reni” (Kirk). David went on to have a 30 year career driving semi truck, over 26 years of that with L.J. Beal & Son in Brooklyn, retiring in 1996.
He served as a volunteer with the Napoleon Township Fire Department for many years, took part in processing beef for local farmers and was even known to put on a good pig roast. His greatest joy was spending time with his wife, children, grandchildren, siblings and friends.
David is survived by his beloved wife, Reni; five children, Scott (Richard) Clemons of Napoleon Township, Laura (David) Conlon of Napoleon Township, Sheila (Mike) Steger of Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, Jessica (Scott) DuBois of Napoleon Township and Margaret “Maggie” (Kenny) Adams of Chicago, IL; fourteen grandchildren, Megan Conlon, Sarah Conlon, Seamus Conlon, Kathleen Conlon, Stephen Conlon, Victoria Silvestri, Roberto “Tony” Silvestri, Catherine Silvestri, Vincenzo “Vinny” Silvestri, Chester “Chas” Steger, Colleen Steger, Eleanor “Ellie” Adams, John “Jack” Adams, Ben Adams and three step-grandchildren, Aleechia DuBois, Morgan (Abel) Contreras, and Makenzie (James) Wyatt; nine great-grandchildren, Travis DuBois, Arabella “Bella” Silvestri, Alex DuBois, Elijah Contreras, Sawyer Whelan, Ophelia Wyatt, Roberto “Robbie” Silvestri, Gabriel Silvestri, and Alani Contreras. Also surviving are three siblings, Virginia “Ginny” Brunk, Karlene (Calvin) Rydjord and Gerald Clemons; many nieces, nephews and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, Carl Clemons and Alice Clemons Truax; step-father, Emanuel “Buster” Truax; sister and brother-in-law, Donna (Richard) Ekin; sister-in-law, Susan Clemons; nephew, Kevin Clemons and his nephew Kenneth’s son, Christopher “Chris” Clemons.
David wanted a service that would be a celebration of a life well lived and for friends and family to share stories. A celebration luncheon will be held at the Brooklyn American Legion, 211 Chicago St., Brooklyn, MI 49230 on Saturday November 13, 2021 from 11:00am – 2:00pm. The gathering will begin with military honors by the U.S. Army and Brooklyn American Legion Post #315 Honor Guard Teams then his son Scott leading a time of remembrance followed by a luncheon. For those who wish, contributions in David’s memory may be given to Henry Ford Hospice c/o Henry Ford Health System, Development Office, 1 Ford Place Suite 5A, Detroit, MI 48202. Make check payable to Henry Ford Health System with Hospice in memo line. On a separate sheet of paper, write who the tribute is for. Contributions can also be made online at www.henryford.com/development/make-a-gift.
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