Russell J. Clendenning was honored as 2010 Railroader of the Year
Russell J. "Worm" Clendenning, 84, of North Vernon died at 1:35 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 24, 2011, at St. Vincent Jennings Hospital.
A funeral service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at Sawyer-Pickett Funeral Home. Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. until the time of service. A Masonic service will be held at 7:45 p.m. on Friday by North Vernon Lodge No. 59. Interment will be at the Vernon Cemetery.
Mr. Clendenning retired as an engineer with the CSX Railroad after 42 years. He was awarded Railroader of the Year in 2010. He graduated from Vernon High School in 1944. He was a member of the Rolling Hills Shrine Club and the North Vernon Masonic Lodge No. 59 where he was a Master Mason. He enjoyed playing golf, hunting, playing cards and working jigsaw and crossword puzzles.
Born Nov. 13, 1926, in Jennings County, he was the son of Fred C. and Martha L. Chittenden Clendenning. He married Betty Ann Trimnell in 1956. She preceded him in death in 2000.
Survivors include two sons, Randall Clendenning of Jackson, S.C., and Rusty Clendenning of North Vernon; and three grandchildren, Megan and Matthew of Augusta, Ga., and James Clendenning of San Jacinto.
In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Martha Louise, Eloise Hester and Gladys Berry; and two brothers, Dwight Casper and Lee Clendenning.