Joseph C. Clemens Jr., 73, of Defiance, passed away on April 13, 2014, at the Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Ind.
He was born on March 14, 1941, to Joseph and Ruth (Kirkendal) Clemens in Defiance, Ohio. On June 22, 1963, he married Evelyn Rau. Joseph and Evelyn lived in Defiance, Ohio.
Joseph attended the Poplar Ridge Church of the Brethren. Prior to becoming an owner/operator at Clemens Trucking, he worked at Doc Erman Trucking, Webb Brothers Excavating, Wayne Glore Trucking, and Thomas Keller Trucking, all in Defiance. When Joe was not spending time with his family and grandchildren, he was usually found in his woodshop building things from scrap lumber, working on his truck, or enjoying the outdoors mowing his yard.
Joseph is survived by his son, Todd J. (Judy) Clemens; daughter, Sherri L. (Fred) Hammersmith; son, Scott R. (Chris) Clemens, all of Defiance; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Evelyn J. Clemens; father, Joseph Clemens Sr.; mother, Ruth Clemens; brother, Clayton Clemens; and grandson, Scott Hammersmith.
Visitation will be held from 2-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Schaffer Funeral Home, Inc., and 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the church. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, April 16, 2014, at the Poplar Ridge Church of the Brethren, with Rev. Benjamin Polzin officiating. Burial will take place at the Poplar Ridge Cemetery.
Memorials in Joseph's name may be made to the donor's choice. Online condolences can be given at www.Schafferfh.com.