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David Clemenson 1929-2010

Mar 9, 2010

Funeral service for David Clemenson of Emmetsburg will be at 1 p.m., Tuesday, March 9, at Bethany Lutheran Church in Emmetsburg. Burial is in Valley View Cemetery, Graettinger.

David Henry Clemenson was born Oct. 17, 1929 in Graettinger, the son of Chris and Alma Clemenson. David went to school in Graettinger.

He worked the family farm until he joined the Army and served in the Korean War.  After he was discharged from service, he worked at John Morrell.

On Oct. 25, 1954, David married his sweetheart Marlene Daniels, whom he had met at the outdoor roller-skating rink in Estherville. 

David and Marlene lived with her parents until 1959, when they moved to their farm between Emmetsburg and Cylinder, and raised their family. They grew corn, soy beans, oats and alfalfa, and they raised cattle, pigs, chickens, and ducks.

David was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and V.F.W. Post 2295 of Emmetsburg.

In 1978, they built their dream home on Five Island Lake. David and Marlene farmed until 1996, when they retired.

David enjoyed gardening, fishing, boating, playing cards and the V.F.W. fish fry’s. He especially enjoyed his morning walks, coffee with friends and watching the grandkids grow. They enjoyed decorating their home and yard with lights at Christmas.  

David started dialysis in February of 2008 and continued enjoying life even though the last two years were medically challenging.  He had strong love and support from his family, who were all at his bedside when he left us peacefully on Friday, March 5, at the Methodist Hospital in St. Louis Park, MN.

David is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marlene; children Nancy (Terry) Glenn of Peoria, AZ, Doug of Ames, and Jeff (Darcy) of Long Lake, MN; grandchildren: Ashley (Matt) Pelzer, with first great-grandchild on the way, Abby, Lindsey, and Jaxon;   four step-grandchildren Taylor, Blake, Heather, and Brandi; and sisters:  Norma Chermack and June Perkins.

David Clemenson was preceded in death by his parents, infant son Michael, brother Paul, and sister Phyllis Hagebock.

Online condolences: www.joycefuneralhomes.com