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Peter R. Clemens

Peter R. Clemens, 92, of Paulding passed away Sunday, November 29, 2020 at the Van Wert Manor.  Pete was born in Paulding on October 30, 1928, a son of the late Katie (Devers) and William Clemens.  He worked at Continental Can and Sonoco Fiber Drum.

 Pete was one of the friendliest men and never knew a stranger.  He loved watching Nascar races and was a big fan of Rusty Wallace.  His hobby was watching his children and grandchildren in all their activities.  He was one of the biggest supporters of sports events at Blue Creek and Wayne Trace schools.  He touched the lives of many athletes that participated at these and surrounding schools.

He was married to Bonnie (Elston) on August 19, 1950.  They became the parents of 6 children.  He will be greatly missed by his children, Pam Reese, Tim Clemens, Jill (Al) Welch, Denise Richardson and Jim (Elizabeth) Clemens.  His face would light up whenever he saw  his 13 grandchildren, 29 great grandchildren and 5 great great grandchildren.   He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Bonnie (Elston), son Peter Jay, granddaughter Amy Welch and his brothers William and Gordon. 

Private services will be held now but his family plans to celebrate Pete's life with more family and friends at a later date.

In lieu of memorials, the family would like for you to continue the generosity that Pete showed to all who entered his life:  do a good deed for someone else.

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A candle was lit in memory of Peter Clemens

Ron and Cheryl Farnsworth Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

We are blessed with many happy & fond memories of Pete & Bonnie & their children with our family! Growing up with Pam & Tim & Jill as neighbors was great, with Jay, Denise & Jimmy tagging close behindnever a dull moment! You are all in our thoughts & prayersGod bless!
Rod & LeAnn Stoller

Rod & LeAnn Stoller Dec 4 2020 12:00 AM

He was a one and only for sure!! He had so much life in him - loved his ornery spirit which of course he passed on to his children! We will look forward to seeing you, Jay and Aunt Bon one of these days! Give them a hug for me! A life well lived!

Kristy Smith Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

Dear Tim, Pam, Jill and others.....Was saddened to receive the news of your Dad's death.....what an absolute character (and swell guy too)...throughout all of his life (as you know!). Believe it or not, I can still vividly remember attending a basketball game or two during Wayne Trace's 'early years'......perhaps when you were on the floor Tim!!! I have never, ever seen a fan get so involved in supporting 'his' team than your Dad! He was quite the 'show' to see....and I'm sure glad he was on my/our side!!!

In his later years, he still was as energetic as those 'early days'....and I actually believe his smile grew bigger and more endearing. It was just a real pleasure for me to have known both him...and of course, your Mother. May they rest in peace for eternity..... You have my/our sympathy.....

Jim and Vicki Hooker Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

I must add a another thought , Im sure Jay is smiling ...... love to all

Jack and Lisa Yearling Dec 2 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Peter Clemens

Sue Jordan Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

Pam, Tim, Jill and Denise, so sorry to hear about your dad. He was one of a kind. So much fun at the races in Indianapolis for a lot of years.

Dan Lichty Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Peter Clemens

Marty Memmer Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM

Always enjoyed Pete. So encouraging to me. Will remember him with a smile . Im sure hes enjoying a great reunion in heaven. Gods love to family

Jack Yearling Dec 1 2020 12:00 AM