Dick James Clemens
This past Memorial Day Dick James Clemens went to meet the Lord. Born August 5, 1925 in Des Moines, IA and a Bemidji, MN resident since 1978. Former owner of Finn'n'Feather Resort on Lake Andrusia, his constant drive was to better his life and the life of his family. Dick graduated East High in Des Moines and immediately enlisted into the Navy. A WWII veteran (USS Storm King) serving in five major battles in the South Pacific. Returning he went on to acquire his bachelor and master degrees at Drake University ('53) and Northeast Missouri State ('68). He was proud to serve his community as a Des Moines Police Detective and later Polk County Sheriff. He had fond memories of the police service and the days on the force. Dick was a strong advocate for working hard and strong values. He held these ideals during his time as a High School Educator at East High in Des Moines where he also coached football, baseball and basketball ('54-'66). Soon after he became an Educator at Des Moines Technical H.S., where he founded the 1st Police Science Program for High School students, later adopted throughout the United States. In '70-'74 he was appointed the first school district Police Liaison Coordinator, working to aid and assist both schools and police departments in working with youth for drug prevention. Following his service as Polk County Sheriff he and his wife Doris decided to follow their dream of owning a resort. They, along with their daughter JoAnn, son-in-law Dave and family purchased Finn'n'Feather Resort. He enjoyed the resort life and cherished being with his family who continue his legacy at the Resort.
Dick is survived by one daughter, JoAnn (Dave) Fallis, Bemidji, MN, three granddaughters: Tracy (Jon) Yetter, Omaha, NE, Teresa (Jeff) Haseleu, Chandler, AZ, Timberly (Jason) Christiansen, Bemidji, MN. As well as nine great-grandchildren: Madison, Katie, Ethan, Wyatt, Peyton, Paxton, Kenzie, Kolby and Kayce. He was preceded in death by his loving wife of 65 years, Doris Clemens.
In lieu of flowers, contributions should go to the Humane Society, which Dick and Doris supported every year.
Memorial Service will be Monday, June 3, 2013 (10:30 am) at Olson-Swartz Funeral Home, with visitation at 9:30 am. Officiated by Pastor Kendall Carlson. Interment will be at Frohn Cemetery. Honor Guard presentation.
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