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Clarence P. Hemiller


CLARENCE PAUL HEMILLER was born on February 22, 1912 on the farm Northwest of Watertown, South Dakota, the son of William and Sarah (Scherer) Hemiller.  He attended school in District 26 in Codington County.  After his education, he stayed at home to help with the farming operations.  During the Great Depression of the early 30’s, South Dakota was also hit by a drought. Clarence worked on WPA projects doing road work..  This helped keep the family together during this difficult time of no work or money.  In the fall of 1936, he went to the Trimont area and helped area farmers with the harvest.  The following spring, he again moved to the Trimont area and found work with area farmers.  He did this for several years, going back to the Watertown, South Dakota in the winters to harvest ice.  On December 8, 1944, he was united in marriage to Alice Swanson of Trimont in Cokato, Minnesota.  After marriage, they farmed northeast of Welcome, Martin County for 4 years.  They then farmed –southeast of Odin for 15 years.  In 1963, they purchased a farm in Hunter Township, Jackson County and in 1978 they retired from farming but continued to live on the farm.  Alice passed away on August 2, 1994.  Clarence continued to live on the farm until he became a resident of the Jackson Good Samaritan Center on May 4, 1999 where he passed away on May 2, 2009 at the age of 97 years, 2 months and 10 days. 

Clarence was baptized and confirmed at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church in Watertown and later became a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Lakefield.  He liked to work with metal and mechanical things.  He was the local mister fix-it both for himself and others keeping him busy even in retirement. 

Clarence is survived by his sister-in-law, Gladys Hemiller of Jeffers, Minnesota and many nieces and nephews. 

Clarence was preceded in death by his wife, Alice and his 5 brothers, Orville, Harvey, William (Mavis), Curtis (LuEtta) and Floyd. 

Blessed be the memory of Clarence Paul Hemiller.

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