Edwin Clemens

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PALM HARBOR, Fla. - Edwin "Ed" Clemens was called home on Thursday (Dec. 27, 2018).
Ed was born April 25, 1920, in Ganntown, Ill., to James Dewey Clemens and Aliene Guinn Clemens. His family moved to Ardmore, Okla., in June 1920. Ed attended Ardmore's Franklin Elementary School and Junior/Senior High School, graduating in 1938. He played the violin in the school orchestra and trumpet in the band. From 1937-38, he played in the Professional Rodeo's band near the present "Hardy Murphy Coliseum" in Ardmore.
Ed received a BS degree in commerce (accounting) at Oklahoma A&M College in 1942. There is where he noticed Virginia Ruth O'lary across the room and whispered to his friend, "I'm going to marry that girl one day"! They met, married and moved to Tulsa in 1942.
Ed was in the U.S. Army from June 1943 at Fort Sill, Okla., and at Detroit, Mich., until March 1946, where he obtained the rank of chief warrant officer. During that service, he was notified that he had passed his Oklahoma CPA Examination. He returned to Tulsa in 1946, and worked as a CPA with Peat Marwick Mitchell and Co. In 1956 he, Ruth and their two daughters moved to Bradford, Pa., where he served as financial vice president and a director of Forest Oil Corp., retiring in 1983.
Ed was a supporter of the Boy Scouts of America and was honored with their Silver Beaver Award. He was active in fundraising for the Bradford's United Way, YMCA and the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, receiving the latter's Presidential Medal of Distinction. Ed and Ruth enjoyed golfing, fishing and traveling in many states in the USA and foreign countries. He returned to Ardmore, his old hometown, after Ruth passed away in 2002.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Ruth; a daughter, Kathy Pryor Wells; and his sister, Francis Ponder.
Ed's survivors include daughter, Vicki Gee of Americus, Ga.; granddaughter, Katy Kulas of Flowery Branch, Ga.; grandson, Ian (Corrie) Gee of Savannah, Ga; granddaughter, Stephany (Jess) Shipp of Houston, Texas; grandson, Matthew (Valerie) Pryor of Skiatook, Okla.; grandson, Greg Pryor of Stillwater, Okla.; great-granddaughters Samford and Sadie Ruth Gee, Jessica and Marissa Shipp, Toni Todd and Justin Pryor; and cherished nieces, Patricia Ponder and Kelly Doss of Ardmore, Okla., with whom he shared his passion for Oklahoma State University football and basketball.
Burial will be on Friday in Curlew Hills Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor, Fla., where he will be laid next to his beloved wife of 60 years.
Published in The Bradford Era from Jan. 4 to Jan. 11, 2019