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Joseph “Jody” Clemens

d. September 9, 2021

Joseph “Jody” Clemens, age 72, of Greenview, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, September 9, 2021 during a brief rehabilitation stay in St Louis, Missouri. Jody survived over six years successfully battling small-cell lung cancer.

He was born on June 3, 1949, the son of Wayne and Dorothy LaVerne (Bell) Clemens.

Mourning his passing are his children, Misty Clemens, Amie (husband David) Dulakis, Tim Clemens; sisters, Robyn (husband Tom) Justice and Lisa (husband Bill) Dirks; and a brother, Barry (wife Carla) Clemens.

He is preceded in death by his father, Wayne; mother, Dorothy; and uncle, Vic Bell.

Jody graduated from Greenview High School in 1967.

Jody played Center for the 1966-1967 Greenview High School Basketball Team and currently holds the rebounding record of 450 rebounds in one season. He was one of the best centers in the state at the time when there was only the one class Illinois High School Basketball system.

He averaged 17.6 points per game with a field goal percentage of 50 %. Jody averaged 14.5 rebounds per game on a team that won 24 games, the District Tournament and Regional Tournament before being defeated by Galesburg in Sectional Tournament.

Jody served for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1969-71.

He worked as a truck driver for most of his life.  He later retired from (IDOT) Illinois Department of Transportation with nearly 20 years of service.

He was a Greenview AMVET member.

Jody enjoyed Classic Cars, Firearms, NBA Basketball, Politics, Westerns.

Jody also enjoyed working in the country, Target Shooting and was an avid gun collector.

Visitation for Jody will be held on Monday, September 20, 2021 from 10:00 AM until time of funeral services at 12:00 Noon at Mott & Henning Funeral Home in Athens with Lonnie Clemens officiating.  Burial will be held at Elmwood Cemetery in Greenview.

Memorial contributions can be made to the American Cancer Society or the Greenview AMVETS.

Mott & Henning Funeral Home is assisting the family. On-line condolences can be shared at


  1. Blessings to the whole family
    RIP Jody.

  2. So sorry for your loss. Prayers to all the family. Jody always had that small smile that I will remember . God be with you all.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Robyn & family. Sorry for your loss.

  4. Jody was a good neighbor – we always enjoyed our chats from across the street. Thoughts and prayers for his family.

  5. Thoughts and prayers with the family, Jody was a good man that will be missed never forgotten…

  6. My sympathy to Jody’s family. We usually were at the Greenview Post Office at the same time and would talk awhile. May your golden memories bring you comfort. May he rest in peace.

  7. My deepest sympathy to Jody’s family. I pray your memories bring you comfort and peace in the coming days.
    Rest in peace Jody ❤

  8. My sincere condolences to Jody’s family. He was a good friend, and always had a smile. He and I shared a love of cars while in high school, and neither of us was too fond of going to the Army, but we did what was right. I will miss him, but feel sure that he had done all of the battles with cancer that he wanted. Rest in peace, Jody, until we meet again.

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