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Wilfred Clemenson

January 31, 1931 - October 07, 2013


Brinks Cemetery, Horace


Boulger Funeral Home, Fargo.

Wilfred Clemenson

January 31, 1931 - October 07, 2013


Wilfred was born at Kindred, ND to Oscar and Mary Clemenson.  He grew up in the Horace area and attended the Horace school.

In February 1949, he enlisted in the US Air Force and served during the Korean War.  He was honorably discharged in September 1953 at the rank of staff sergeant after serving four and one-half years.

Wilfred married Virginia Anderson of Moorhead, MN at Fort Sumner, NM on 8, March 1951.

In 1956 he joined the ND Air National Guard (Happy Hooligans) and served 29 years as the base fire chief and was discharged in 1985 at the rank of senior-master sergeant.

He enjoyed fishing on Big Pine Lake where he and Virginia owned a cottage.  He also enjoyed singing Karaoke which he took up after losing the ability to play guitar due to arthritis. 

Wilfred was a member of the Fargo American Legion Post 2, Voiture 240 of the 40 and 8, Sons of Norway of Fargo and a life member of the Retired Enlisted Association.

He is survived by a son and four daughters, Curtis Clemenson, San Jose, Costa Rica, Bonnie (Richard) Wills, Bellaire, TX, Vicki (Mark) Onstad, Santa Fe, NM, Diane (John) Harlan and Tammy (Gary) Culver, both of Longmont, CO.  He is also survived by six grandchildren, Lauren and Nicholas Wills, James and Signe Onstad, Thomas Culver and Samuel Harlan.  He is also survived by brothers, Oliver and Marvin Clemenson; and sisters, Betty Lein and Emily Olson; and friend and Karaoke partner, Addie Wise.

Wilfred is preceded in death by parents; wife, Virginia on 23 April 2007; brother Edwin, Allen (Harpo), Andwick, Vernon, Herman, and Willis Clemenson.



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13 responses to “Wilfred Clemenson”

  1. Carlotta Spelhaug says:

    Kindred ND
    I was one of the lucky nurses who was blessed to take care of both of your parents. Wilfred was always so concerned about Virginia and after her death he and I just had this Kindred connection. He was such a happy man and so sweet.
    You have my sympathies. You had great parents.

  2. Linda Nelson says:

    Walcott ND
    Tammy, is was such a surprise to hear from you at Bruce’s passing and I am now extending the sympathies to you and your family. Please extend my condolences to your siblings.
    I am very sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing.
    I have run into Wilfred (Clem, as we all knew him) occasionally since his retirement from the Guard, the park in Wahpeton, the grocery store and the clinic. He would always stop and talk. We would have such nice conversations. He was always concerned at how I was doing before himself.
    It is difficult to lose family. Clem was a good man and I am sure you are going to miss him greatly.

  3. Terri Mita says:

    Clarksville Tn.To all the Family my Deepest Sympathy, Glad I was at the Clemenson reunion this last summer to spend my last time with him. I ‘ll always remember him playing his guitar and singing, and his laughter, Sweet memories being around uncle Wilfred. Now he will be in Heaven singing with the BEST!

  4. Judith A Keller says:

    Bear DelawarePlease accept our condolences.

  5. Doug & Joan Warnecke says:

    Harwood ND
    Family and Friends:
    We sincerely regret the passing of a loyal patriot and a great guy! Clem served his country with distinction and always with a smile too.

    He was always cooperative, friendly and professional in all the military events and over the many years which I knew him from The Happy Hooligans, (NDANG)

    Virginia and I grew up as neighbors in North Moorhead a long time ago as well as her brother Richard.

    Take care and know Clem is with his God today.

  6. tammy clarke says:

    meriden ksCurt, Bonnie, Vicki, and Diane. I always loved your dad he always had a great smile. My fond memories of the dog he trained to put out fire was so cool! At the family reunions his guitar playing and singing was the highlight of the reunion! These kind and fond memories will always be dear to my heart!

  7. Shannon says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in Gods promise found at Revelation 21:4- “And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more..”

  8. Judy Swedberg says:

    So sorry to hear about Wilfred. I pray that friends, family and faith will help you through this tough time. Diane and Tammy I always remember your dad helping me with a history project, I had to interview someone from one of the wars. Your parents were always kind to me and that I will always remember. Thinking of you and prayers for you as you go through this tough time.

  9. Shannon says:

    I am so sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in Gods promise found at Revelation 21:4- “And He will wipe out every tear from their eyes and death will be no more..”

  10. Tootie Huus says:

    West Fargo ND
    Goodbye to another Uncle. What a reunion you are having. Will miss you and your love for the old country western music.

  11. Diane Taplin says:

    Crystal Minnesota
    My deepest sympathies for your loss. I am a long time friend of Donna Enghauser. I had the pleasure and honor of meeting and chatting briefly with Wilfred on Friday, October 04, 2013. His smile and his laughter are forever etched in my heart. May you take comfort knowing that all pain and regret are left behind now and he is home in heaven with our Loving Father God.
    Diane Taplin.

  12. Collette Clemenson Vetsch says:

    Horace N.D
    Sorry to hear of Wilfreds passing. It is very hard to saygoodbye to your parents. I still cant believe Mom and Dad are gone. Just remember that he is in a better place now and his suffering is done. Take care.

  13. Donna Enghauser says:

    Minnetonka MN
    Curt, Bonnie, Vicky, Diane and Tammy, My many fond memories are what I will keep when remembering Uncle Wilfred.
    Spending time at the lake, visits at family gatherings and listening to him sing and play guitar. The Clemenson family bond is strong, what a blessing all of their children have had by knowing each and every aunt and uncle and their families.
    May the love of Jesus, family and friends comfort you during these difficult days.

    Love, Donna

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