Francis ‘Fritz’ (Frank) Clemen, 74, of Colesburg, passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, at MercyOne Dubuque Medical Center in Dubuque.

A private family memorial service will be held. A video livestream of the service will be available at Public Inurnment with Military Rites will be at 11:45 a.m., Friday, Nov. 20, at St. Patrick Catholic Cemetery in Colesburg, with Rev. John Haugen officiating. Because of COVID-19 concerns, masks are required at the church and cemetery.

He was born May 18, 1946, in Holy Cross, the son of Alphonse and Armella (Schieltz) Clemen. Fritz was raised and educated in the Holy Cross area and was a 1964 graduate of Holy Cross High School. Fritz then served honorably in the United States Army, stationed in Germany.

Fritz was united in marriage to Linda Roling at St. Patrick Catholic Church in Colesburg, April 19, 1969. Two children were born to this union. Fritz worked for Wilson Packing in Cedar Rapids for a short period of time before becoming a meat inspector for the USDA. After his retirement from the USDA, Fritz worked for the State of Iowa as a meat inspector.

Fritz never met a stranger. He was a longtime member of St. Patrick Catholic Church and the Colesburg Legion. Fritz enjoyed wood working and mechanical work. He and Linda enjoyed riding around the area in his 1965 Bonneville. Fritz loved his family and especially loved being Grandpa to Evan and Alex.

Survivors left to cherish his memory are his wife of 51 years, Linda Clemen of Colesburg; his daughter, Shelly (Jeff) Johnson of Carlisle; two grandsons, Evan and Alex Johnson; five siblings: Loras Clemen of Dubuque, Jerome (Pat) Clemen of Holy Cross, Dale (Carol) Clemen of Dubuque, Janice (Willie) Wagner of Holy Cross and Cathy (Don) Keppler of Manchester; one brother-in-law, Marvin Gaul of Holy Cross; and many nieces and nephews.

Fritz was preceded in death by his parents; his son, Craig in 1989; his sister, Germaine Gaul; his brother, Vernon Clemen; a sister-in-law, Darlene Clemen; and a nephew, Brian Roling.

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