MATTOON -- The funeral service for Dr. Samuel Clem Jr. was held Saturday, September 9, 2017 at Mitchell-Jerdan Funeral Home, located at 1200 Wabash Avenue, Mattoon, IL 61938, with Pastor Brad Brown officiating. Pastor Brown performed “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art”, and duet “Unforgettable” by Nat King Cole and Natalie Cole were played during the service.
Burial took place at Beals Cemetery in Trilla, IL. Pallbearers were Patrick Green, Jordan Coleman, Mark Coleman, Trey Cotter, Tim Cotter, and Kyle Hamilton. Honorary Pallbearers were Dr. Charles Starling and Dr. Mel Geiger.
Military rites were given by the following members of VFW Mattoon Post 4325: Commander Bill Thornton; Chaplin Roger DeLong ; Buglar “Doc” Dufrain; Color Guard Tom Burcham and Harold Campbell; Firing Squad Commander John Protz; Firing Squad Dana Denny, Joe Kirk, Ed Brick, Dennis Ernst, Walter Ratliff, Tim Bennet, and Gene Hampson.
Dr. Samuel Clem Jr., age 87, of Mattoon, IL, passed away at 9:36 P.M, on September 2, 2017.