Ken Brian Clemence
Tecumseh - Ken Brian Clemence, 80, of Tecumseh, Oklahoma, passed away Wednesday, April 14, 2021 in Shawnee, Oklahoma. He was born November 20, 1940 to Elvis and Thelma (Parker) Clemence. Ken was raised in Shawnee where he attended and graduated Shawnee High School in 1959. After high school Ken attended Okmulgee Tech before enlisting in the United States Air Force and served from January 11, 1961 to January 8, 1965 as an Air Force 1st Class Senior Airman. While in the Air Force, Ken was in the 18th Field Maintenance Squadron as an aircraft mechanic working on jet fighters. He served in the Vietnam War and was stationed in several countries throughout his enlistment, including Korea, Thailand and Vietnam. Ken received the Air Force Good Conduct Medal while serving.
After his enlistment, Ken worked at Tinker Air Force Base in Oklahoma City. During that time, he met and married Barbara Ann (Burlison) Clemence on September 19, 1968. They welcomed their son Bron Keith Clemence on September 30, 1970.
In 1986, Ken opened Clemence Tire in Tecumseh, OK. In 2002 he retired from the business. After his retirement, Ken served on the Growth and Development Board for Tecumseh. He was also a member of the Masonic Lodge as well as a member of First Baptist Church in Tecumseh. Ken enjoyed pheasant and deer hunting. He was also an avid fisherman who loved to spend time fishing local ponds with his friends. Ken also loved to travel with friends and family, skiing and fishing at the gulf. One of his favorite pastimes was playing gin rummy with friends. After church on Sundays, Ken spent many afternoons watching NASCAR. He also cherished spending time with his two granddaughters.
Ken is preceded in death by his parents Elvis and Thelma Clemence and brother Lloyd Elvis "Buddy" Clemence.
Ken is survived by his wife of 52 years Barbara Clemence; son Bron Clemence and wife Aimee of Shawnee, OK; two granddaughters Tiffany Clemence and Savanna Clemence, both of Shawnee, OK; brother Jack Clemence and wife Paula of Sarasota, FL; brother-in-law Delaine Burlison and wife Bev of Edmond, OK; nephews Michael Clemence of Shawnee, OK; Brian Clemence and wife Shirley of Shawnee, OK; Kevin Burlison and wife Joanna of Edmond, OK; nieces Kelly Clemence of Oklahoma City, OK; Dawn Burlison of Edmond, OK; Terri Smith and husband Burt of Edmond, OK; as well as numerous grandnieces and grandnephews.
A memorial service will be held for Ken Saturday, April 24, 2021, at 12:00pm at the First Baptist Church of Tecumseh with the Reverend Larry Sparks officiating.
Posted online on April 22, 2021