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WILLIAM R. CLEMENS SR., 91, OF ROYERSFORD William R. (Bill) Clemens Sr. went home to be with the lord on August 3, 2013 at Chestnut Knoll Residential Care in Boyertown, PA. A lifelong resident of Royersford, he was the son of Abram R. Clemens and Mabel (Swimler ) Clemens. Bill is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lillian G. (Conver ) Clemens; four children, Sandra L. Barnett and her husband, Joseph of Montrose, PA; Barbara J.Graham and her husband, Edwin of Dillsburg, PA; William R. Jr. and his wife, Patricia of Royersford, and A. Scott and his wife, Rose also of Royersford; nine grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews. Bill was preceded in death by his brother, A. George Clemens, and two sisters, Carolyn Harker and Anna Lazorak. Bill graduated from Royersford High School in 1940. After graduation he worked at the Fetterole Machine Company in Royersford until his induction into the U.S. Army Air Corps in January, 1943. He recieved his basic training at the Basic Training Center #4 in Miami Beach, FL, and graduated from Flexible Gunnery School at Buckingham A.A.F. Base in Fort Myers, FL. As a World War II veteran, Bill served with the 449th Bomber Squadron on a B-24 Liberator Bomber as an aerial engineer and turret gunner. He flew 50 missions while stationed in Italy and France from July 1944 to May 1945. After his honorable discharge in May 1945, Bill worked briefly at the Packard Motor Company in Detroit, Michigan, before returning home to Royersford to become an apprentice carpenter working with his father. He was a member of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters Union, locals #1491 and #1595, and served as financial secretary for many years. Bill was a member of VFW Post #6341 and The American Legion Post #164. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge #585 Royersford. He attended the First United Church of Christ in Royersford and served as an elder, secretary of the Sunday School and member of the property committee. A memorial service will be held at the First United Church of Christ in Royersford on Saturday, August 24, 2013 at 2 p.m. Family will receive visitors one hour prior to the service. Memorial contributions can be made in Bill's memory to his church, The First United Church of Christ, 367 Washington St., Royersford, PA 19468 or Hopewell Hospice Foundation of America, Inc., 525 Route 70 West, Suite #B15, Lakewood, NJ 08701.

Published in The Mercury on Aug. 18, 2013
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