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Raymond Eugene Clements 82, of Columbus died at 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, September 3, 2013 at his home.
Born January 24, 1931 in Gary, he was the son of the late Orville Clements and Clara (Pawlus) Clements.
Ray is survived by his wife of 61 years, Barbara (Weidman) Clements of Columbus; his son Mike Clements (Cathy) of Sedalia, MO; his daughters, Cathy Toole (John) of Greenwood, Patti Buh (John) of Winfield, IL; grandchildren, Lucas (Andrea) Dooley of Bloomington, IL, Elizabeth and Emily Clements of Sedalia, MO, Cristy (David) McArdle of Columbus, Michael (Amber) Toole of Ann Arbor, MI, Kevin Buh of Winfield, IL; and great-grandchildren, Brady and Griffin McArdle of Columbus, and Asher Dooley of Normal, IL.
Ray graduated as a distinguished scholar from Purdue University in 1953 where he received his Bachelor of Science in mechanical engineering. While at Purdue, he served in the Army Reserves and soon began his career as an engine designer at International Harvester. He retired as the Vice-President of Worldwide Quality Services for Dresser Incorporated in 1989. Ray continued to work following retirement when he purchased a 60-acre farm in Columbus.
With his wife at his side, Ray and Barb filled their retirement years with fishing vacations and European travel with friends, lots of mowing, fishing in the pond, gardening, and enjoying their many pets from horses to dogs and the ever-present farm cat.
The great story of Ray’s life will always be his love of his wife, Barbara, and the love he felt for his family. Ray and Barb met in third grade at Ainsworth Elementary School, were high school sweethearts at Merrillville High School, and married in 1952. Together, Ray and Barb enjoyed many family fishing vacations with their children and loved having their children and grandchildren visit them at the farm. Ray had many hobbies, most notably, his woodworking. For his married children and grandchildren, Ray made each a clock, a gift treasured by all. Ray was also an avid reader, self-taught computer CAD designer, and forever the jokester. For those who knew Ray well, they will never forget his words, “I’ll tell the jokes around here!”
The funeral will be conducted at 10 a.m. Friday at Barkes, Weaver & Glick Funeral Home on Washington Street with Pastor Rod Miles officiating. Family and friends may call from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday and from 9 a.m. to time of service Friday. Burial will be at Garland Brook Cemetery.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to The Starkey Hearing Foundation, 3128 North National Road, Columbus, IN 47201.
Online condolences may be sent to the Clements family and a video tribute may viewed at www.barkesweaverglick.com.