John Joseph Clements, 94, of Burleson, TX., passed away on December 29, 2022. He was born January 10, 1928 in Jennings, Louisiana.
At a young age, John gave his life to Christ and was committed wholeheartedly from the start. May 19, 2013, at the age of 85, John was ordained as a Deacon with Elm Grove Baptist Church in Belton, TX. John enjoyed sharing his faith and did so by teaching Sunday School, participating in Men’s Ministries and reaching out to the community to share the Good News of Jesus Christ our Savior. He endeavored to ensure everyone he met had the opportunity to hear and accept God’s gift of eternal life.
John served his country in the Marine Corps at two different times, 1946-1948 at the end of WWII and 1950-1952 in the Korean War. He was awarded the Silver Star, Bronze Star and two Purple Hearts as well as various other medals for his heroic acts for his comrades.
Helping others, especially boys and girls, was at the core of John’s heart. Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Church Youth groups and Louisiana Rainbow for Girls. You could always find John showing children and teenagers how to survive in the wilderness, carve wood into shapes or tie knots.
John enjoyed the outdoors, whether it was fishing or hunting, he did it. He enjoyed time with his children and grandchildren fishing and shooting guns the correct way.
John was a lifetime member of the Masonic Lodge and the Order of the Eastern Star. He actively assisted with the Louisiana Rainbow Girls, encouraging them to be the best they could be. He enjoyed photography and would take pictures so the Rainbow Girls would always remember the fun they had learning and growing.
He had a wonderful sense of humor and found pleasure in making others laugh, even if that involved dressing up as Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz or other characters as well as setting up pranks. John was always willing to provide real life lessons to his grandchildren, some funny, some startling, but something was always learned, even if it was to be wary of Grandpa’s lessons.
During the past 4-months John’s health deteriorated yet he never lost his sense of humor. Nurses would ask if he had pain and without missing a beat, he would point over to his daughters or his wife. During PT he would finish a workout, exhausted and when told to rest, he would ask “what’s next?” While the female physical therapist would be helping him, he would ask, “Aren’t there men that could help me?”, as if women weren’t able to do it……always trying to make the situation a little lighter.
He was predeceased by his parents, Augusta Clements and Evelina Sonnier, his sisters Hazel Wells and Odelia Deggs, his brother Norris Clements and grandson Michael Clements.
John is survived by his wife of 55 years, Martha Clements, son John Leroy Clements and wife, Han Su; daughters Beth Shoemaker, Laurie Johnson and husband Bruce, Carla Felgar and husband Tom and Cindy Baas and husband Jimmy. John has 9 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. His brother Doc Harmsen and sister Wilhemenia Ortego as well as many nieces and nephews.
John loved his Heavenly Father, his family and helping others. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.
Cremation arrangements by Lone Star Cremation.
Carla, you and your family are in our prayers. ❤️❤️🙏🏻🙏🏻
Expressing deep gratitude for the faithful US Marine Corps Service of John J Clements for our nation. Sending prayers to heaven for comfort for his family and friends in their loss. May he rest in his new “heavenly deployment” with his Lord and preceding loved ones.
Don Huffman Army Vet (Capt) and Dallas Honor Guard member.