Raymond Robert Clemence, Jr.
Raymond Robert Clemence, Jr. died on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, in Houston at the age of 80. He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on August 23, 1937, the son of the late Raymond Robert Clemence, Sr. and Marie Giesmann Clemence. He is survived by his wife, Rachel Cantu Clemence; his children, Rebecca Clemence Floro, Wende Clemence and husband John Bos and David Scott Clemence and wife Crystal; and seven grandchildren: Michael Clemence, Eric Clemence and wife Lacey, Ryan Clemence and wife Sarah, Jackie Floro Peters and husband Jonathan, Zachry Floro and fiance Seema Jain, Nathan Floro and partner Nick Jackson, and John Bos; and five great grandchildren: Caleb and Charlotte Peters, Aiden, Bella and Kyzer Clemence; a sister Joyce Clemence; and three step children: Deborah Dahmen and husband Frans, John VanRieg and wife Pam, Mark Rodrieg; and four step grandchildren: Andre Dahmen, Zoe Dahmen, Jessica Gates and husband Rusty, Michelle Stanton and husband Brett; and four step great grandchildren: Hudson Stanton, Mason Stanton, Oliver Gates, Matthew Gates. He is preceded in death by his first wife Carol Phillips Clemence, the mother of their three children and his step grandson Julian Everard Dahmen.
Ray graduated from Saint Joseph High School in 1955. His year book picture caption reads: His popularity among his fellow students won for him the high office of president of Senior 203 and editor of the Pendulum.…….We love our Butch. Ray maintained life-long friendships with several of his fellow students. He was a member of the US Air Force Reserve 1954-1962.
His higher education included a BS in Mechanical Engineering in 1959 from the University of Pittsburgh placing in the top 10% of his class. He earned an Outstanding Senior Award and was a member of two honorary engineering fraternities, an MA from the University of Houston in 1980, and In 1989 was accepted by Kent State as a Phd. Sociology major.
Following graduation he accepted a position with NASA as an aeronautical engineer. His career at NASA spanned the first three decades of our Nation’s space program and included performing aeronautical engineering analysis of the Mercury and Apollo Saturn 1 vehicle flights, project manager, budget analyst and cost analyst. Following his NASA career he worked for the State of Texas and Kroger.
Ray devoted his life to his family and friends. He was very proud of his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren and loved them unconditionally. His interests included literature especially 19th Century Russian novels, music (classical, opera, and musical theatre), stage plays and film, tennis, jogging, and weight lifting. He is best described as a kind and caring gentleman. His friends often referred to him as “Rosy Ray”. He was ever the optimist even when faced with devastating illness. Ray’s concern for his fellow man prompted him to bequeath his body to Baylor College of Medicine.
A Memorial Service is to be conducted at 1:00 PM on Saturday, April 14 at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 15415 N Eldridge Parkway, Cypress, Texas 77429. The Reverend Beth Fain is to officiate. Immediately following, guests are invited to greet the family during a reception at the church.
In lieu of customary remembrances, memorial contributions in Ray’s name may be directed to
the Alzheimer’s Association at alz.org or to the charity of your choice. His family is grateful to the Alzheimer’s Association, Interfaith CarePartners and the dedicated volunteers at numerous churches who participate in The Gatherings providing much love and care to our loved ones and to Silverado Hospice, Grace Hospice and Springcreek Village.