On June 17, 2019, William Fredrick Clements “Shakey Jake” finished the longest haul of his life, surrounded by his loving wife of 47 years and his daughter at Ebeid Hospice in Sylvania, Ohio. He spent a wonderful Father’s Day weekend surrounded by his grandkids with love and sharing that can be compared to no other. He had time to share one last fist bump with his “Dynamite.” He is now at rest and watching over his crew as they watched over him.
Bill “Billy,” “Shakey” was born on April 4, 1952, to William O. and Nancy L. (Koons) Clements Jr., in Kansas City, Missouri. A lifelong resident of Pioneer and surrounding area, Billy spent his youth working the farm (later known as Funny Farm Campground) with his brother, Tommy, and his dad. He attended North Central High School, graduating in 1970. He spent one year at Northwest Tech in Archbold when he met the love of his life, Odilia “Dill” Rodriquez, and he married her on Aug. 19, 1972, in Amboy Township. Their daughter, Michelle, followed shortly after. “Shakey Jake” started his long career as an over-the-road semi-truck driver working for several companies over his 35 years, making many, many friends along the way.
Bill was a longtime member of the Montpelier Moose and he was also a member of Pioneer United Methodist Church.
Bill was loving, stubborn and generous to a fault. He loved reminiscing about all of his adventures over the road, his time spent with his brother and sisters and the time he spent with his beloved family. He loved all his family more than they will ever know. Even during the rough patches, he was always concerned that each and every one of them was OK. He loved sharing a beer or two and chatting with his nephews, Bowdee Nolin and Jared Stewart, and looked forward to his visits with his nieces and their kids to check on him. He loved his two cats, Misty and Ginger. But most of all he loved his wife, daughter, grandchildren and great-granddaughter.
Bill has gone to meet up with his brother, Tommy Clements, his mom and dad, and all of his good buddies he met along the way that have preceded him in death.
He is survived by his wife, Odilia (Rodriguez) Clements; daughter, Michelle (Clements) Deaton; grandchildren, Jacob R. and Pamela (Rodriguez) Tussing, Jenna R. Tussing, Jadon R. Tussing; and one great-granddaughter “Dynamite” Sophia R. Tussing; sister, Sharon (Clements) Taylor, Karen and Alan (Clements) Stewart; aunt, Jessie (Clements) Grimm; aunt, Betty Lou (Clements) Borer; uncle, Benjamin and aunt Floreaca (Koons) Clements; many cousins, nieces and nephews.
Visitation for Bill will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 20, at the Thompson Funeral Home in Pioneer. Services will be on Friday at 11 a.m. at the Pioneer United Methodist Church with Pastor Ruth Solo to officiate. Memorial contributions may be given to Ebeid Hospice. Condolences can be left for the family at www.thethompsonfuneralhome.com.