Clemens Joseph (Slim) Wassmuth, 95, of Cottonwood, Idaho died at Life Care Center in Lewiston, Friday, July 27. He lived a full, meaningful and loving life for ninety-five years. Slim was a member of the St. Mary's Parish and a devout Catholic his entire life. On June 11, 1923, Slim was born at the family home near Greencreek, to his parents Clemens and Elizabeth (Schmidt) Wassmuth.
After graduating from Greencreek High School Slim joined the Navy and served in the Pacific during World War II.
After the war, Slim and Ellen Ahlers united in marriage on April 14,, 1947. After living for a year in Grangeville, Slim and Ellen moved to their lifelong home, their ranch west of Cottonwood at the base of Cottonwood Butte. He was happiest raising cattle, except when his bulls escaped to the neighbor's pastures. He had also worked at lumber mills in Grangeville and Cottonwood before working for many years at the Cottonwood Grange. Slim farmed until retiring in 1997 when he rented his land. He was also a master at Sudoku, filling many puzzle books over the years, which helped him keep his mind very sharp until near his passing.
Slim and Ellen raised five children and all survive him: Wayne of Walla Walla, Wash., Judy (Mike) Clovis of Grangeville, Vic of Lewiston, Lee (Kathy) of Boise and Diane (Mike) Shryock of Burien, Wash.
Slim has grandchildren Craig and Angie Clovis of Grangeville, Matt Wassmuth of New York City, Diane and Dusty Abbe of Boise, and Sarah Kippen, Becky Shryock, and Miki Withers, all in the Seattle area. Great-grandchildren are JoLyn, Spencer, Khaleesi Clovis and bonus great-granddaughter, Alaina, of Grangeville; and Luke Amell, Molly and George Kippen, and Weston and Evelyn Withers, all of the Seattle metro area. He was close to all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren and was always happiest when they would visit him.
Surviving Slim are his brothers Lawrence, Vince, Tony, Leonard, and his sister, Liz. Brothers Joe, Nick and Clarence and sisters Christine Winkler, Bernadine Bruegeman and Hilda Wassmuth predeceased him. Another brother and sister died when they were infants. Grandson Kirk Clemens Wassmuth also predeceased Slim.
Slim’s family is grateful to the staff of Life Care Center in Lewiston for care during his last couple of years. They also want to thank his neighbors who were so kind to him after Ellen died. A special thank you to Lynn Rehder, Urban Wassmuth, and Jack Uptmor. Lynn brought countless meals to Slim. He enjoyed and appreciated all of them. Urban and Jack helped Slim with projects around the house and farm.
Mass celebrating Slim’s life will be at St. Mary’s Church in Cottonwood, Aug. 3 at 10:30 a.m., Rosary is at 10:00 a.m. Burial will follow at the Cottonwood Catholic Cemetery. Pallbearers are Craig, Spencer and Mike Clovis, Vic, Lee, and Wayne Wassmuth.
A dinner will follow the burial at the Cottonwood City Hall.
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