Clemens Himmelspach of Woodinville, Washington died December 17, at the age of 79 at Overlake Hospital Bellevue, Washington.
Clemens was born April 13, 1933 in Oliver County, North Dakota. He was the second of six children born to Joseph and Monica Himmelspach.
Clem is survived by his devoted wife, Leona of 58 years and their four children: Paul Himmelspach, Arlington, Wa., Patricia (Dan) Caufman, Bothell, Wa., Pamela Smith, Everett, Wa., and Paulette (Sean) Bauman, Woodinville, Wa.
He is also survived by seven grandchildren: Kevin and Kimberly Caufman, Dustin Smith, Cole and Chadd Himmelspach, Cody and Jessica Bauman. Also surviving are Clem's two brothers: Frank (Kathy) Himmelspach, Mesa, Az, Jim (Betty) Himmelspach, Prinsburg, Mn and two sisters: Darlene (Ray) Kautzman, Mandan, ND, Deloris Nordaby, Mill Creek, Wa.
Clem is also survived by numerous loving nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews and his wife's siblings.
Clem was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Tom Himmelspach.
Clem started life on the family farm in Oliver County, ND and attended rural county school. He met a girl from a neighboring farm and on September 27, 1954 married that girl, Leona G. Heck and subsequently had four children.
While living in North Dakota, Clem worked for Northern Pacific Railroad and also gave 2 years serving his country in the United States Army.
In 1968 Clem moved his young family to Seattle where he joined his bother-in-law, Edward Heck, in the window business, which relocated to Woodinville, Wa in 1970. Clem and his brother-in-law also built, owned and operated H&H Mall in downtown Woodinville.
For many years, Clem was involved in the Woodinville Lion's Club and served a term as President. He was a member of the Woodinville business community for 42 years.
Clem took great joy in being a father and a grandfather. Sunday's you could find him in the kitchen making homemade chicken soup and salad for his children and grandchildren, even if he was not sure they would drop by - but just in case- and some always showed up.. Just last week, Clem collected and engraved small flashlights - one for each grandchild - and gave it to them with a note card that said, "May this light of love always show you the way home. Love, Grandpa"
Clem loved to cook: grilling, making home-made German sausage, soup, dessert; creating something in his wood shop; planting vegetables and flowers; hunting and fishing - there was always some project being completed. Golfing was a passion.
Clem will be greatly missed by his family and all those who knew and loved him.
"Well done good and faithful servant. Now enter into the kingdom which your God has promised you." [Matt 25:21]
Times for prayers and gathering to celebrate and remember Clem Himmelspach:
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church, 17856 NE Woodinville Duvall Road, Woodinville, WA 98077 on Friday, December 21, 2012; 7:00pm
Christian Mass of Resurrection:
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church, Saturday, December 22, 2012; 10:00am.
Burial following luncheon: Holyrood Catholic Cemetery, 205 NE 205th St., Shoreline, Wa. 98155
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to: Blessed Teresa of Calcutta Catholic Church Building Fund or Disabled American Veterans, Seattle #2.
Published in The Seattle Times from Dec. 20 to Dec. 21, 2012