Vernon Powell Clem "Fats"

November 10, 1936 ~ January 22, 2020 (age 83)


Vernon Clem formerly of Thurmont, Maryland passed away on Wednesday, January 22nd. He was born November 10, 1936, the son of Raymond Clayton Clem and Edith Elizabeth Bidle. He was predeceased by his beloved wife of 58 years Margaret (Fleagle).

Vernon was predeceased by siblings, Hugh, Robert, Naomi (Adkins) and Shirley (Adkins). He is survived by Irene (Bob - deceased) Sobers, Madeline (Don) Harris and Loretta (Robert) Foote. Vernon and Margaret had three children, Barbara (Michael) Ryan, Gerald (Lavina) Clem, Jeffery (Patricia) Clem. He is also survived by four grandchildren, Amanda (Cristopher) Hahn, Marissa, Jarin (Kristen) and Casey (J.P.) Burleigh; six great-grandchildren, Adrianna, Dallas, Cameron, Gatlin, Westyn and Brinley, and numerous nieces and nephews.

After Vernon and Margaret married, they made a life and home for their family in Thurmont, Maryland. In 1985 they decided they had enough of the cold weather and headed to Florida. They settled in Port St. Lucie, where he resided after Margaret's death until 2018 when he relocated to the Waynesboro, Pennsylvania area.

Vernon served in the National Guard and was honorably discharged. He had a very successful life as a carpenter in the construction trade and was a much sought-after carpenter for private home owners to complete their remodel jobs. He spent his leisure time bowling three or four times a week which yielded many trophies he was proud of. He also loved surf fishing at the beach, whether it be in Ocean City, Maryland or in his newer Florida home. Upon moving to Florida, he started using his skill as a BBQ Chef to cater charity cookout events for various good causes in and around Port St. Lucie.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to a charity of your choice in Vernon's name.

Due to current situations, the funeral service for Vernon Clem scheduled for May 16th at Resthaven has to be postponed until further notice. 

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