Traverse City Record-Eagle


April 19, 2013

William 'Bill' Clement

TRAVERSE CITY — William “Bill” Clement, 71, a Traverse City native, died Tuesday evening, April 16, 2013, at Tendercare-Birchwood, following a long bout with dementia.

Born May 3, 1941, in Traverse City, he was the son of the late Frank and Viva (Davis) Clement. On Jan. 16, 1982, at St. Michael’s Lutheran Church in Traverse City, he married the former Myrna Dorothy Schoenberg Schenk.

Bill shared his time and talents generously and enthusiastically throughout his life, especially to the following organizations, The Traverse City Elks Lodge #323, where he was a life member and secretary for 12 years, Eagles Club, American Military League and the V.F.W. #2780.

His career was varied but he always enjoyed the challenge of working hard.

Bill enjoyed tending to his yard and gardens and was so very proud of his accomplishments.

In reference to Bill’s journey on earth he often said, “It’s been a good life.”

Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Myrna Clement, of Traverse City; children, Chris (Steve) Whipple, Bill (Pattie) Clement and Missy; stepchildren, Lisa (Eric) Zoulek, Steven (Jackie) Schemk and Rick (Kim) Schenk; along with one great-grandchild.

Bill was preceded in death by parents and his sister, Bethel Irish.

In celebration of Bill’s life, a gathering will take place at the Eagles Club on Saturday, April 20, 2013, starting at 1 p.m. A light luncheon will be served and a cash bar will be available for his friends and relatives.

It is suggested that those who wish to further the memory of Bill may so do by making a contribution to the Michigan Major Projects, c/o Elks Lodge #323, 625 Bay Street, Traverse City, MI 49684.

Kindly share your memories with the family on their online guestbook at

Arrangements are pending with the Reynolds-Jonkhoff Funeral Home and Cremation Services.

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