Clement E. Hutzel, 94, of Arcadia, Fla., passed away Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.
He was born Aug. 28, 1919, in Deer Park, Ohio, to Joseph and Ida Speller Hutzel, the last living of eight siblings.
Clement joined the U.S. Army and served as a Medic in the South Pacific, including the Philippines, during World War II. During his Tour of Duty, he received four Bronze Stars, a Combat Medical Badge, a Victory Medal, the Asiatic Pacific Theater Ribbon, the Philippine Liberation Ribbon and the American Theater Ribbon. His service to the people of the South Pacific spanned decades and blessed him with many friends along the way. After his service to our country, he returned to Ohio and became a Dairy Farmer (Hutzel’s Farms) and Breeder of Jersey Cattle for 49 years. Clement was a member of the VFW, the Knights of Columbus, the American Legion and the American Jersey Cattle Club. When he found time, he enjoyed golfing.
Clement is survived by his beloved wife of 40 years, Fern Logan Hutzel; sisters-in-law, Betty Hutzel and Patricia Hutzel, both of Ohio; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., with a Rosary beginning at 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 6, 2013, at Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home. The Funeral Mass will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, 2013, at St. Paul’s Catholic Church, with Father Vincent Clemente officiating. Burial will follow at Joshua Creek Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, donations in Clement’s name may be made to either: Typhoon Fund, c/o Diocese of Venice, 1000 Pinebrook Road, Venice, FL 34285; or to St. Joseph’s Indian School, 1301 N. Main St., Chamberlain, SD 57325. Online condolences can be made at www.pongerkaysgrady.com.
Arrangements are by Ponger-Kays-Grady Funeral Home, Arcadia.