Staff Sgt. William C. Clem (Buster) passed from this life on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the age of 82. His last days were peacefully spent at home surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Staff Sgt. William C. Clem (Buster) passed from this life on Friday, May 4, 2018, at the age of 82. His last days were peacefully spent at home surrounded by his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Buster was born in Shawnee on Feb. 27, 1936, to William M. and Mary E. Clem.

Buster graduated from Shawnee High School in 1955. After graduating he entered the U.S. Marine Corps and served the Corps for four years before joining the U.S. Army, which he retired from after more than 20 years of faithful service. After serving his country for a quarter of a century, Buster retired from the military and did whatever it was that he wanted to do; without doubt, he was his own man.

He was preceded in death by his father and mother. He leaves behind two sons, three grandsons, one granddaughter, three great-grandchildren, two sisters, and numerous nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held to honor him at 11 a.m., Tuesday, May 15, at Garden Grove Missionary Baptist Church.