Clarence Just, 85, Mandan, died January 26, 2012 at Missouri Slope Lutheran Care Center, Bismarck. A funeral service will be held at 11:30 am on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 at Buehler-Larson Funeral Home, Mandan, with Reverend Deanna Reikow officiating. Cremation has taken place and the family will greet friends one hour prior to the service at the funeral home on Tuesday.
Clarence was born July 16, 1926 in Rosebud, ND to Martin and Elsie (Joersz) Just. He enlisted in the US Army in September 1944. A sharpshooter with Company L 17th Infantry, Clarence participated in engagement in battle on Okinawa Island from May 12 to July 2, 1945. For his brave service, Clarence was awarded the Combat Infantry Badge and Bronze Star. He was honorably discharged in 1947 at Ft Meade, MD. On July 2, 1947 he married Anna Hamilton in Baltimore, MD, where they lived until 1952, when they moved to Mandan. A talented craftsman, Clarence worked as a carpenter / contractor until his retirement in 1991. Anna died in 1976. On August 19, 1983 he married Mary Jane Stremmel Schneider in New Salem. Clarence loved spending time with his family, especially his great granddaughter, Gabi Thomas, who showed him much love. A beloved man, he will forever be missed by all who knew him.
Survivors include his daughter and son, Phyllis (Anthony “Tony”) Cerezo, Detroit, MI and Richard Just, Mandan; step daughters, Sharon (John) Hoflen, Laveen, AZ, Carol (Bob) Schmit, Bismarck, and Debbie (Jerry) Theisen, Mandan; sister, Florine "Sis" (Donald) Valent, Bismarck; brother, Warren (Margaret) Just, Medora; sister-in-law, Viola Just, Glen Ullin; 3 grandchildren; 4 great grandchildren; 7 step grandchildren; 15 step great grandchildren; and 3 step great great grandchildren; and special friends, Paulette and Donald Bentz, Mandan.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; two wives; and two brothers, Gilbert and Lloyd.