Wendell
CLEMONS, WENDELL "DUFF" DUFFIE, Hawthorne, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2005 at home surrounded by loved ones. He served his country as a twenty-year United States Marine Corps Veteran, retiring with the rank of Major and served his community for over 17 years as a quality control engineer in the aerospace industry. Survivors include his devoted wife, Theresa Ann (nee Dubinski) Clemons of Hawthorne, CA, Daughters, Tina Clemons of Dallas, TX and Christina Cullen of Calabasas, CA Also left to mourn his passing are his Brother, Richard(Dolores) Clemons, Sister, Cynthia (David) Brown, and Grandson, Samuel Cullen Hollander and nieces, nephews and a great nephew. He was known as "Duff" to his many close friends and neighbors and most affectionately as "Poppy" to his grandson, SamueL, who often said; "My Poppy can fix ANYTHING" Family and friends will gather to celebrate Duff's life and goodness at a memorial service which will be held at RICE MORTUARY, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503, on Saturday, June 18, 2005 at 11:00 AM. Duff will be inurned with military honors at Fr. Rosecrans National Cemetery in San Diego (Point Loma) on Wed. June 22, 2005 at 9:00 AM. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to Torrance Memorial Home Health & Hospice at 3300 Lomita Blvd, Torrance, CA 90505

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  1. I have know Duff for about 15 years. I meet Duff and Northrop Grumman many years ago than met him again at Boeing. It was really nice to be in a nice work place and see a familiar friendly face. Duff and his smile. He was the best.

  2. Duff was a wonderful blessing as a husband, father and especially as a grandfather to Sam. He gave Sam unconditional love and support and above all memories that will carrying him through his life with strength and love. He was a postive and kind influence in Sam’s life. A supportive and loving father to Chris. And a wonderful husband to Teresa. His smiling eyes and warm strong presence will be greatly missed.

  3. DEEPEST SYMPATHY,Duff was my supervisor here at boeing in huntington beach,he was there for me when I was going through a tough time in my life and was understanding and patient with me,I will miss him.May he be welcomed in Heaven with God and all the angels.sincerely Nelson Valentin

  4. Duff was a very dear friend, a professional and fun to be around. Duff will be missed dearly. I got to know Duff when he started in Monrovia, CA with McDonnell Douglas. Please accept my deep Condolences.

  5. TO THE DUFF CLEMONS FAMILY: PLEASE ACCEPT MY CONDOLENCES. I AM JUST A CO-WORKER THAT WORKED WITH DUFF NOW AND THEN. GOD BLESS YOU ALL . Norbert Paulus

  6. TO THE DUFF CLEMONS FAMILY: PLEASE ACCEPT MY CONDOLENCES. I AM JUST A CO-WORKER THAT WORKED WITH DUFF NOW AND THEN. GOD BLESS YOU ALL . Norbert Paulus

  7. TO THE DUFF CLEMONS FAMILY: PLEASE ACCEPT MY CONDOLENCES. I AM JUST A CO-WORKER THAT WORKED WITH DUFF NOW AND THEN. GOD BLESS YOU ALL . Norbert Paulus

  8. TO THE DUFF CLEMONS FAMILY: PLEASE ACCEPT MY CONDOLENCES. I AM JUST A CO-WORKER THAT WORKED WITH DUFF NOW AND THEN. GOD BLESS YOU ALL . Norbert Paulus

  9. I met Duff while working in Quality for Ed Sorrentino many years ago. (We were not quite middle age – I think!) It was always a pleasure to see Duff and to work with him, too. That wonderful smile and quiet way will be remembered as well as the hardworking gentle man. He’s too valuable to be lost at such a young age. Our creator must have had an immediate need for Duff. My deepest sympathy for his loss. “Clevy”

  10. It was an honor to know and work with Duff, I will miss him tremendously. His family is in our prayers.

  11. I worked with Duff in Boeing-HB. He was a clever, sincere person and a good listener. He will be missed. I know you all have incredible memories of him, and may he live on thru you. My sincerest sympathy, Sharon

  12. Duff and I shared a friendship thru the CORPS,Northrop Grumman and last but not least, our families. He was one of those special people that only come around once. Our prayers go out to Theresa and family for their loss of this Husband,Father and Grandpa.

  13. I first crossed Duff’s path in the late 80’s at Northrop in Hawthorne. I saw him often, as we ended up working in the same building. I remember his constant sense of humor and his USMC posters in his cube. He had a John Wayne picture, from the movie “Sands of Iwo Jima”, and the caption said “Life’s tough. It’s tougher if you’re stupid.” He was always willing to help. He will be missed by all who knew him.

  14. I’ve known Duff since 1994 when we worked together at Northrop as Quality Engineers. We ended up working together again at Boeing from 1997 to 2003. I’ve continued to be friends with Duff and, more recently, with Theresa. Duff has always been an inspiration to me and his clever sense of humor kept me going. I will miss him terribly. I wish to express my condolences to Theresa and the whole family. What a guy he was!!

  15. My sympathy is extended to the family. May God bless and comfort all of you. Cherish the memories as they are so precious. Bonnie (co-worker at Boeing)

  16. I wish to extend my sympathy to Duff’s family, he will be missed by all who have known him. Duff was a valued employee and friend. He was someone you could count on, who kept a positive attitude when things were at the highest stress points. I know the people he led felt highly of him as a manager and a person. I understand his illness was long and painful to both him and his family, and I want them to know we were all better for having known him.

  17. Hi Aunt Theresa & Chris, Upon talking with Aunt Judy & Cindy, I thought I would give you a few days before I called, I realize that things have been very hectic for you, and I know you both have been so busy with all the details and I’m sure you’re both extremely exhausted, not to mention full of sadness. I want you to know that we are thinking of you all every minute of every day. I wish I could be there with you to help in any way possible. I’m only a phone call away, if you need anything at all. I love and miss you all, please take care of each other. I will call you soon.

  18. Hi Theresa, I was so glad to have gotten together with you and Duff for lunch and then at the hospital.I will miss his easy laugh, encouraging words and kind spirit. Dean

  19. It was my pleasure to have gotten to know Duff over the last several years at Boeing. He was a valued member of the Quality Engineering team where he easily fit in to any situation. His sense of humor and easy going attitude made everyone around him comfortable and had a positive influence on those he came into contact with. He will be missed by his friends and teammates at Boeing. I send my condolences to his family.

  20. America has lost a hero, Theresa and her family have lost a wonderful family man who loved them dearly, and we have all lost a great friend. I will miss sharing my experiences with Duff and most of all, his exuberant and enthusiastic spirit. “We were born to die and we die to live. As seedlings of God, we barely blossom on earth; we fully flower in heaven.”

  21. Duff was my big brother, and I loved him dearly. As the only girl/youngest child in the family, I thought he was the BEST big brother there ever was or ever could be. I still do (and always will). Though he was only three-and-a-half years older, he took his responsibility seriously when told by our father that he would have to be ‘the man of the house’ when Daddy was away fighting in the Korean War – a role he was to accept again when Daddy was on duty overseas in Japan, Panama, Puerto Rico (through the 50s) and Okinawa (in 1963) – Mommy never drove so he was a great help during that particular 13-month tour. He always loved to read and was a good student, earning a scholarship to Cal Western in his senior year at Kearny High (San Diego). He was a Cub Scout and a Boy Scout, and played Little League baseball – an all-American little boy. He was also a paperboy for the San Diego Union (when they still had such things as ‘paperboys’). He was nick-named ‘Gus’ by our maternal grandfather, who used to exchange letters with his Number One Grandson that included imaginative drawings of such creatures as ‘woofenpoofs’ and (ironically) ‘cigarette monsters’ – who, as it happened, got him eventually, too. I just wish he had not been taken quite so soon! SEMPER FI, Bro. It helps to know that you’re in good company with Daddy and Uncle Jim and all those other Marines who have been guarding Heaven’s streets for 229 years. I love you! ‘Schwest’/Cindy

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