Dennis R. Clements, 75, of Bushkill, passed away on Saturday morning, December 18, 2021, while in Hospice Care in Dallas, PA.
Born in Reading PA, on Nov 3rd 1946 to Robert D. Clements and Constance Walck Clements. Dennis, the eldest of three children, could often be heard recounting tales of his childhood spent in the woods of central Pennsylvania, honing his skills at drawing, and developing what would become a lifelong passion for the outdoors. Upon graduating high school, Dennis enlisted in the United States Navy during the height of the Vietnam War, where he served his country honorably for seven tours…earning the Purple-Heart, Bronze Star, Army Achievement Medal, Navy Achievement Medal with combat distinguishing Device “V”; Combat action Ribbon; Meritorious Unit Commendation; Navy Unit Commendation; Navy “E” Ribbon; Navy Good Conduct Medal; National Defense Service Medal; Armed Forces Expeditionary and numerous other awards and decorations. This time spent in the military would become a defining character and help shape him as an individual, Upon leaving the Navy, Dennis returned to his passions of hunting and fishing while maintaining odd jobs, until he ultimately met his future wife while assisting her with her resort in Dingmans Ferry, Pa. It was during his time spent in Dingmans Ferry that Dennis turned his focus on the future and decided to re-enlist into the military, joining the Pennsylvania Army National Guard (Honesdale) at the age of 53. While in the National Guard, Dennis deployed to Bosnia in 2002, and continued to distinguish himself within the unit until his retirement in 2005.
Dennis is survived by his wife Patricia Purcaro; sons, William and his wife Amy Clements of CA; Christopher Clements of VA; grandson William Clements II of CA; his brother Greg and loved ones, Patricia Giles and daughter Kaitlin Giles of PA.
Interment will be held in the Spring of 2022 at the convenience of the family.
Arrangements under the direction of the Lehman Family Funeral Service, Inc. Wilkes-Barre.
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