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Walter Warren Clendenen


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Walter Warren Clendenen Obituary
Fish rejoice, but the rest of us grieve the loss of Walter Warren Clendenen.
Warren, 91, passed away at Peterson Regional Medical Center in Kerrville, Texas, on Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012. He had been suffering from lung problems associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and died peacefully in his sleep.
Warren was born Nov. 16, 1920, in San Angelo, Texas, to Walter Lee Clendenen and Ada Leticia Barbee. He grew up mostly on a ranch outside Rankin with three siblings: Bill, Dale and Jeff.
He married Bernice Lorraine "Jonsey" White on July 29, 1941, in Tankersly, Texas.
A graduate from Artesia High School in Artesia, he went on to serve in the Navy during World War II.
Warren lived a full life. He worked in road construction and real estate before partly retiring in 1982. During his long retirement he was able to focus on his love of fishing, traveling, country music, working in his shop and family. Even after his health had deteriorated in the latter years, he enjoyed driving through the countryside with his buddy Charlie, and he refused to sell his boats even after he could no longer use them. He was also famous for lighting up any gathering with his good stories and wonderful sense of humor. Always a fighter, he bravely faced the world until the very end.
Those left to honor and cherish his memory are his wife of 70 years, Bernice Clendenen; children Walter Clendenen and Gary Clendenen; 10 grandchildren: Janet Kitten, Lorie McMahon, W. Von Clendenen, Aaron Clendenen, Quentin Clendenen, Leonda Clendenen, Llon Clendenen, Leta Langford, Larry Clendenen and Jason Clendenen; 18 great-grandchildren: Luke Kitten, Camille Kitten, Laura Kitten, Zane McMahon, Nathan McMahon, Daniel McMahon, Avry Clendenen, Emma Clendenen, Matthew Clendenen, Marley Clendenen, Trystan Clendenen, Wyatt Clendenen, Landon Clendenen, Lawson Clendenen, Heather Clendenen, Cody Phelps, Lindsay Clendenen and Kyle Clendenen; and one great-great-grandchild: Catie Phelps. Warren often showed his pride in his family by saying, "We're the ones that got this whole mess started."
Warren was predeceased by his parents, his son Leon Clendenen, brother Bill Clendenen, sister Dale Perkins and brother Jeff Clendenen. How sweet it would be to witness their reunion.
The funeral service will take place Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, at 10 a.m. at the Garden of Memories Cemetery in Kerrville, Texas.
There will be a viewing at the funeral home from 12-5 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 9, 2012, and from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2012. There will also be a viewing with family at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, 2012, before the service at the cemetery.
A special thank you to Gary and Jerry Davis for all of the love and attention they gave to Warren and Bernice during the last several years. Their sacrifice inspires us all.
You will be missed!
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Arrangements are under the direction and personal care of the professionals at Kerrville Funeral Home, (830) 895-5111.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Feb. 10 to Mar. 10, 2012
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