Date Of BirthFeb-12-1944
Date of deathMar-24-2018
A remembrance service will follow to celebrate his life at 7:00 p.m. March 29, 2018, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL.
Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., March 29, 2018, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL.
Clarence Emmons, age 74, of Elburn, passed away on the morning of March 24, 2018, with his loving family by his side. Clarence was born February 12, 1944, in Piasa, IL, to proud parents Clarence and Nancy Emmons. Clarence’s work ethic was learned at an early age. He spent many hours working in the gardens tending to all of his plants. At the age of sixteen, Clarence moved to Batavia, IL, to live with his sister and to work at Batavia Container. When he was nineteen, Clarence saw a picture of his friend’s cousin, Judith Carpenter. The moment Clarence laid eyes on her he had to have a date with her. A few days later, he got his wish and took Judy out on their first date. It was love at first sight and Clarence said, “I’m going to marry that girl”. After a six month, whirlwind courtship, Clarence and Judy were united in marriage on February 1, 1964. They soon started a family and after three wonderful children it was complete. Shortly after moving to Aurora with Judy, Clarence started work at Speedway Disposal and was with them for 41 years before going to Waste Management for 5 years. He was always hardworking and never stopped, despite his battle with C.O.P.D. After 46 years of service, he begrudgingly retired and they moved to make their home in Elburn. When Clarence wasn’t at work, he was out loving the outdoors. You could often find him tending to his garden, fishing, or hunting for rabbits or mushrooms. Clarence always brought his kids out for the hunting trips because they could spot the best mushrooms and scare the rabbits out of the bushes for him. He was an avid student of the weather and could tell you what the day would bring. Using his knowledge of the weather as a guide, Clarence was always prepared. At home, Clarence was usually telling jokes and making everyone laugh. He loved to make silly faces with his daughter, Julie. He cherished every moment with his family; even the four-legged variety. His beloved dog, Bobo never left his side. Clarence's life revolved around family and every Friday night he would enjoy pizza with Judy, Julie and the grandkids. Italian Dreams pizza was his favorite. Just being able to sit down and enjoy his family’s company warmed Clarence's heart. They were his greatest treasure. At least twice a day, Clarence would profess his love and remark on the beauty of his wife, Judy. Certain things were always on his daily agenda; playing the board game, Trouble, with Judy every morning and chocolate chip cookies and ice cream with the grandkids. Those were the very special occasions that he was blessed with every day. Clarence was a strong, courageous and loving husband, father, and “Papa”. The memories of his loving heart and silly expressions will never be forgotten, but he will be forever missed. He is survived by his loving wife of 54 years, Judy Emmons; three children: James Emmons, Brian “Scott” Emmons and Julie (Lonnie) Thomas; five grandchildren: Tyler (Melanie Zavala) Thomas, Jennifer Emmons, Levi Emmons, Owen Thomas and James Emmons; two sisters, Thelma Goon and Linda Hood; one brother, Don Emmons; his favorite pup, Bobo; and many nieces and nephews. He is preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Nancy Emmons; and three sisters: Barb Hood, Mary Lou Scherer, and Shirley Jacobsen. Visitation will be from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m., Thurs-day, March 29, 2018, at Conley Funeral Home, 116 W. Pierce St., Elburn, IL. A Remembrance Service will follow to celebrate his life at 7:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, a memorial has been established in Clarence’s name. Checks may be made to the “Clarence Emmons Memorial” and mailed in care of P.O. Box 66, Elburn, IL 60119. Tributes may be forwarded to the same address, the Conley Funeral Home Facebook Page, or at www.conleycare.com.