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Gerald R. "Jerry" Clemens

November 6, 1949 — July 1, 2023



Memorial services to celebrate the life of Gerald R. “Jerry”Clemens, 73, of Davenport, will be held at 10am on Friday, July 7, 2023 at the Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home, Davenport.  The livestream may be viewed and online remembrances expressed at

Inurnment will be in National Cemetery, Rock Island.  Visitation will be 4-7pm Thursday at the funeral home. 

Mr. Clemens passed away Saturday, July 1, 2023, at the Mayo Clinic Hospital, Saint Marys Campus, Rochester, MN, following a brief illness.

Gerald Raymond Clemens was born November 6, 1949, in Atchison, KS, a son of Oscar and Lorene (Kane) Clemens. In his youth, he enjoyed playing baseball and basketball and had thenickname “Rabbit.” He also enjoyed playing pranks on his siblings and friends. While attending vocational school, he worked in the cafeteria at Mt. St. Scholastica all girl’s school,and that is where he met Susan Bribriesco. They were united in marriage on June 27, 1970, at Our Lady of Lourdes, Bettendorf. Six weeks later he was drafted into the Army and served one tour in Vietnam.

Jerry’s career was as an offset pressman and he worked for several area businesses over the years before retiring in 2013.  He currently worked part-time at the W. Locust Hy-Vee in Davenport where he was also a regular customer.

He enjoyed many hobbies including cooking, mushroom hunting, gardening, watching Jeopardy, bird watching, and shooting pool. Jerry liked to have a cold one while watching western movies and shows and listening to classic country musicin his man cave garage. In earlier years he played on slow-pitch softball, bowling, and free throw leagues, once shooting 50/50free throws. He also taught his son and grandsons how to bowl.He liked NASCAR and was an avid fan of the St. Louis Cardinals, Kansas City Chiefs, and Kansas Jayhawks. Jerry was outgoing and would strike up a conversation with anyone, anywhere.

Those left to honor his memory include his wife Sue; childrenJennifer Clemens, San Antonio, TX, Robin Clemens, Davenport, Sarah (Eric) Varcho, Salt Lake City, Stan (Jenny Simon) Clemens, Bettendorf; grandchildren Zachary Clemens, Devon Terrell, Carlos Terrell, Sofia Terrell, Samantha Clemens, and one on the way; great grandchildren Donovan Terrell, Nevaeh Terrell; siblings Ron (Heidi) Clemens, Roseville, CA, Joe (Peg Hargrove) Clemens, Lansing, KS, Judy (Ned) Ballinger, Sue Durkin, Carol (Jeff) Smith all of Atchison; brothers and sisters-in-law Benita Reyes, Tomas Bribriesco (Christine Leonard), John (Angie) Bribriesco, Mary (Jim) Connelly, Katie Bribriesco,Kathy (Joe) Laird, Carrie (Mike) Coyle; and a host of loving extended family. 

Jerry was the greatest son, brother, husband, dad, papa, uncle, friend, neighbor, and co-worker around. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

He was preceded in death by his daughter Amy, parents, brother John, and brothers-in-law Ron Bribriesco and Bob Durkin.

Memorials may be made to Empower House (Iowa’s only brain injury clubhouse), St. Anthony’s McAnthony’s Window, or Humane Society of Scott County.

The family would also like to acknowledge each and every member of the care team in the critical care unit of the MayoClinic Hospital, St. Marys Campus. We know Jerry got the best care in the world. We cannot thank you enough.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Gerald R. "Jerry" Clemens, please visit our flower store.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Thursday, July 6, 2023

4:00 - 7:00 pm (Central time)

Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home

614 Main Street, Davenport, IA 52803

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Memorial Service

Friday, July 7, 2023

Starts at 10:00 am (Central time)

Halligan-McCabe-DeVries Funeral Home

614 Main Street, Davenport, IA 52803


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