Jerry Clementz

Jerry Lee Clementz, 58, of rural Prophetstown, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his wife and family, after a bravely fought battle with ALS.

Funeral services celebrating his life will be at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at First United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Burial will follow at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Hooppole. Visitation for Jerry will be 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday at Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, Geneseo. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to the Jerry L. Clementz Sr. Memorial Fund to be distributed among charitable organizations.

Jerry was born July 31, 1957, in Geneseo, the son of John and Barabra Houch Clementz. He was a 1975 graduate of J.D. Darnall High School and then attended Black Hawk College-East. He was united in marriage to Melody A. Viane on Sept. 25, 1976, in Hooppole.

Jerry farmed in rural Prophetstown with his family, worked for Hartco Cable, Geneseo, and later was a materials handler at the Rock Island Arsenal. He attended First United Methodist Church, Geneseo. Jerry was a member of the Henry County Farm Bureau and Henry County Pork Producers. He and his wife, Melody, raised, sold and showed boxers for 22 years. He was seen at the Victorian Walk in Geneseo providing horse and buggy rides for 20 years. Jerry loved spending time with his family, working around the farm and water skiing. His courageous fight against ALS was a true testament to his faith and an example to all.

He is survived by his wife, Melody; sons, Jerry Jr. (Amy) Clementz, Prophetstown, and David (Audrey) Clementz, Prophetstown; daughter, Jennifer (Nick) Bugos, Dallas, Texas; grandchildren, Jerry Lee III, Clayton, Brady, Alexis and Isabella; brothers, Steve (Cindy), Dean (Dru), Dan, Stan (Karol), Jeff (Tammy), Mark (Christine) and Mike Clementz; a sister-in-law, Carol Clementz; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers, Jackie and Gene Clementz.

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