Joseph Edward Clemens, known as Joe, died on October 30, 2021 at the Hospice House in Olathe. He was 70 years old.
Interment of the ashes will take place at a later date. Memorials can be made at Lakemary Center, Paola Little League Baseball, American Legion Post # 156 in Paola or Special Olympics Kansas, in the care of Dengel & Son Mortuary, 305 North Pearl, Paola, Kansas 66071 .
Joe was born on March 3, 1951 in Kansas City, Missouri, to James and Beverly Balocca Clemens. He graduated from Paola High School in 1969, and soon after went to work for Clemens & Green, a Paola-based candy and tobacco wholesaler. After the sale of the family business, Joe moved to California and worked for a few years for the Curry Company, which provided services on a contract basis to Yosemite National Park. He received several promotions there and was happy to live in Yosemite.
Joe was the father of two sons, David Clemens and Michael Clemens. He enjoyed coaching Little League baseball when the boys were growing up in Paola.
Life changed for Joe in 1998, when he suffered a stroke while visiting San Francisco. After that, it was difficult for her to communicate, and her physical health gradually deteriorated over the years. He returned to live in Paola in 1999. During his later years, he and his beloved mother, Beverly, spoke to each other on the phone every day. Every day was a fight, but he never complained.
Joe was known as a good man, much appreciated by the many friends he had made throughout his life. He had a big heart, a real empathy for those less fortunate. He was very proud of the charitable donations of the Clemens family. In his later years at Vintage Park and North Point in Paola, he was popular with the staff. And he always appreciated every act of kindness shown by the staff.
He was predeceased by his parents, his older brother Michael B. Clemens and his sister Frances “Tibby” Fort. The survivors are his sister Mary E. Stitt of Kansas City, Missouri and his two sons, David and Michael, who both live in Bartonville, Illinois, as well as three grandchildren, Ashley Clemens of Bartonville, Illinois, Olivia Clemens of Claremore , Oklahoma, and Elias Clemens of Edgerton, Kansas. He is also survived by a nephew, Arthur Fort of Kansas City, Missouri, and two nieces, Jennifer Fort-Lierz of Overland Park, Kansas, and Lilly Stitt of Bocas del Toro, Panama.
The whole Clemens family would like to warmly thank Kim Croghan-Mills, a dear friend of Joe’s, for her kindness and many efforts to make his life better during his last years at Paola.