James W. “Jim” Clemens, 75, of rural Parsons passed away at 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020, in Parsons surrounded by his children.
He was born on May 14, 1944, at Gracemont, Oklahoma. His parents were Lyman and Lenora (Cook) Clemens. He grew up at rural Parsons on Montana Road and attended country schools and Labette County Community High School, graduating in 1962.
He lived in Parsons and then moved to Lawrence, where he worked as a firefighter and with the Spriggs family as cement finisher. He worked hard to pursue his life passion of flying and graduated from flight school and became a licensed pilot. Jim then became a flight instructor, crop duster pilot, helicopter pilot and finished his career as a test pilot for Cessna Aircraft in Independence.
Jim’s passion of flying was a direct influence on his family with four children, six grandchildren and four immediate family members becoming licensed pilots. He also had a passion for the mountains, where he enjoyed skiing and riding bikes. Jim was also was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and was a firearms enthusiast. However, Jim’s great joy was spending time with his family. He was a member of the First Assembly of God Church in Parsons.
He is survived by his wife, Thelma Clemens of rural Parsons; his children, Brenda Clemens of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, Bruce Clemens and his wife, Debra, of Independence, Jerry Clemens and his wife, Melinda, of Parsons, June Brooks and her husband, Joe, of Altamont and Dwayne Clemens and his wife, Julie, of Wichita; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and his wife, Charlotte Hayward of Baxter Springs.
He was preceded in death by his twin brother, Joe Clemens; and his parents.
The service will be at 11 a.m. Monday at Carson-Wall Funeral Home with Pastor Steve Crawford officiating. Burial will follow in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery near Dennis. The family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
Memorials are suggested to the Parsons Tri-City Airport board and these may be left at or mailed to the funeral home, 112 N. 26th St., P.O. Box 942, Parsons, KS, 67357.
Online condolences may be left at www.wallfuneralservices.com.