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Clemens Gerleman

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Clemens F. 'Clem' Gerleman age 99 of St. Lucas died Friday morning, June 15, 2012, at the Ossian Senior Hospice, Ossian. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 20, 2012, at St. Luke's Catholic Church, St. Lucas with Rev. Nick March celebrating the Mass. Interment will be in the church cemetery with military honors. Friends may greet the family an hour prior to the Mass at the church on Wednesday. Arrangements are with Hugeback - Johnson Funeral Home in New Hampton. 641-394-4334 Clem was born September 7, 1912, on the family farm near St. Lucas, the son of Anton and Theresa (Drilling) Gerleman. He received his education at St. Luke’s School in St. Lucas. His father died when he was eleven years old and his mother when he was twenty one. The country was at war and and Clem felt he had to serve his country. He entered the United States Army on August 23, 1944 at the age of 32. He honorably served with Patton’s 6th Calvary and was a gunner and assistant tank driver. He was honorably discharged on August 13, 1946. Clem worked for local farmers and moved around the area from New Hampton, Osage, Blue Earth, MN, and North Washington. Clem returned to the family farm in retirement. He is the last surviving member of his immediate family. He is survived by nieces, Mary (Gerleman) Kock, Judy (Cremer) Swanson; nephews; Paul Gerleman, Randy Gerleman, Robert Gerleman. He was preceded in death by five brothers, William Gerleman, John Gerleman, Alphonse Gerleman, Aloysius Gerleman, Leo Gerleman; three sisters, Clara Gerleman in infancy, Catherine Gerleman and Frances Cremer; one nephew, Leonard Gerleman.

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  1. Condolences to surviving nieces and nephews. Clem was my first cousin, whom I never met, regretably. I knew all his siblings, except for Clara. His mother was my father’s sister. I’m 83 and still hanging on in Indianapolis. I’d have gone to his funeral, if it weren’t so far away and I’d known about it. I learned of his death in the current issus of the Witness about five weeks after the fact.

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