Thomas Ellis Clemens of Kearney, Mo., passed away at home Friday, January 29, 2021. Tom was born on July 29, 1932 to Ellis S. and LaRue Clemens (Robeson) in Ray County, Missouri. He was baptized into the Christian faith at New Hope Methodist Church on December 1, 1940.
Tom spent part of his childhood on the farm working with his grandparents because his mother passed away when he was seven. This is where he developed the love of gardening and hard work. Tom grew into adulthood with gentleness and compassion for others as a result of the care given him by his Grandma Hulda.
Tom served in the Korean War during January 1953 to January 1955. When he returned home he married Shirley A. Hardie. To this union two children were born, Michael Thomas and Terri LaRue. Sadly Shirley passed away on August 26, 1986.
Tom was employed by John Rohr Construction. He worked as a foreman doing heavy construction. He had to take early retirement in 1977 due to a work injury.
On March 8, 1997, Tom married Phyllis J. Rapp (Paul). They began their happily ever after celebrating Tom’s confirmation on December 21, 1997. They enjoyed traveling, time with friends which included a lot of card playing. He always enjoyed the “Top of the Hill” gang! He was also an active member of Faith and Trinity Lutheran Church.
Tom was preceded in death by two sisters, Joan Sandy and Janet Kay Padgett.
The Lord called Tom home to be with HIM on January 29, 2021 at the age of 88 years. Left to mourn his passing are his wife, Phyllis; his son, Michael Thomas and wife, Pamela, and his grandchildren, Robert and Courtney, his great grandchildren, Tyler, Justin, Kessler and Breanna; his daughter, Terri LaRue and husband, Jerry, his grandchildren, J.T. and Timothy (Delaney), his great grandchildren, Fallon, Korie, and Marin Sandstrom; his stepdaughter, Denise L. Hilt and husband, Donald, his grandchildren, Heather and Amy Hilt and Katelyn (Danny) Sylva, his great grandchildren, Isaiah and Josephine, Gabriel and Maxwell Sylva; one brother, Samuel Clemens; brother-in-laws, Gary Paddgett and Marlyn Paul and wife, Evelyn; and many family and friends.
Tom will lie in state from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, February 3, 2021 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Kearney, Mo. Funeral service will follow at 10:30 a.m. with burial at Richmond Memory Garden in Richmond, Mo. Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church or Wounded Warriors.
Arrangements in care of Fry-Bross & Spidle Funeral Home, Kearney.
Our Sincere Condolences
Jerry and I are so sorry for your loss. We really enjoyed Tom and will miss him.
Jerry and Sharon Wallen
Mike and Terri, I am sorry to hear you have lost your dad. Both Shirley and Tommy were a part of my life growing up in Richmond and a valued part of our clan. My mom, your Aunt Margie, loved all her nieces and nephews and her great nieces and nephews! Blessings to you and your family.
Dear Phyllis, Richard and I are so sorry to hear of Tom’s passing. Please accept our condolences. Praying for God’s blessings for you all.
Love, Kathy and Richard
Phyllis and Family. So sorry for your sorrow while thrilled for Tom to be with Jesus! May you each be comforted in a unique way that brings peace and blessings.
Cole and Connie Oliphant