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Robert CLEM

1922 - 2014 | Obituary Condolences
Robert CLEM Obituary

Robert G. Clem

SPRINGFIELD, IL - Robert G. Clem, 91, died at 12:17 p.m. on Saturday, July 5, 2014, at Memorial Medical Center.

Robert was born on Dec. 7, 1922, in Herrin, Ill., the son of Jesse O. and Edna C. Rhodes Clem. He married Joan Irene Satorius; she preceded him in death. He later married Dorothy Paul on Nov. 3, 1990.

Robert graduated from Herrin High School and earned his bachelor's degree from Southern Illinois State Normal University. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Air Force during WWII and achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal and China War Memorial Medal. He was also employed as a Civil Engineer with the State of Illinois. Robert was a lifetime member of Springfield Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks Lodge #158, past-president of the State of Illinois Reserve Officer's Association, and past-president of State of Illinois Chapter of the American Right of Way Association. He enjoyed flying his own plane, singing, and dancing.

He was also preceded in death by his parents.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Clem of Springfield; two daughters, Sandra (husband, James) Parker of Springfield and Patricia (husband, Dennis) Kerfoot of St. Charles, Mo.; five grandchildren; and thirteen grandchildren.

Cremation was accorded by Butler Cremation Tribute Center prior to ceremonies.

Graveside Ceremony: 11 a.m. on Monday, July 14, 2014, at Camp Butler National Cemetery with James Rogers officiating. Military honors will be provided by Inter-Veterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County and Department of Defense.

Memorial contributions may be made to American Kidney Fund, 11921 Rockville Pike, Suite 300, Rockville, MD 20852.

The family of Robert G. Clem is being served by Kirlin-Egan & Butler Funeral Home, 900 S. 6th St., Springfield.

Please visit to offer your condolences.

Published in The State Journal-Register from July 13 to July 14, 2014
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