Roland Edson Clemonds III


Roland Edson Clemonds III of Cedar Hill, passed away on February 8, at the age of 67. Roland was born to Bruce and Ebba Clemonds in St. Louis.

Roland attended Montgomery County High School and joined the United States Army in 1974, serving 6 years as a military policeman (including a 1-year tour in Korea). Roland was honorably discharged in 1980. He worked as a police officer for Wright City, Warren County Sheriff’s Office, and Montgomery City Police, retiring from Montgomery PD.

He was the beloved husband of Frances Clemonds (Pethick) who preceded him in death. He is survived by his son, Christopher Clemonds, his three daughters Christine Kolling, Samantha Diehl, and Krista Miller, and six siblings; Aldona Clemonds, Mae Hull, Kaye Clemonds, Darlene Callaway, Ebba Bearce, and Bruce Clemonds. Roland loved being called Papa by his 10 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, Bruce and Ebba Clemonds, a sister Brenda Burdess, and a son Rickey Maass.

He was a devoted father and grandfather. Roland loved sharing great stories about his adventures. “Dad was always a good storyteller”. In his spare time, Roland enjoyed fishing, firearms, and collecting tools. He loved to fish, but mostly, loved it when his daughters and grandkids went with him. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Visitation and funeral will be at the Jonesburg Christian Church, on March 25, 9 A.M. - 11 A.M. for visitation and the funeral service at 11 A.M. Interment is at Oak Grove Cemetery, Jonesburg, immediately following the service. A celebration of life luncheon for family and friends will be held at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Jonesburg,  immediately following interment.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the American Police Hall of Fame in Titusville, FL, or the American Diabetes Association.