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“I was so sorry to hear about Chase. I have so many fun memories from Kelseys. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
1 of 31 | Posted by: Lisa Mazzurco Voyles - Toledo, OH

“Dear Sue, I was so sorry to hear of Chase's passing. I was out of town this weekend so could not attend the memorial, but I will always remember him...Read More »
2 of 31 | Posted by: Don Czarcinski - Toledo, OH

“Growing up across the street from your family in the 60s & 70s, I'm expressing my deepest sympathies to you, Neal and Chase, (and Jane), who treated...Read More »
3 of 31 | Posted by: Will Blakney - Beavercreek, OH

“I didn't know his whole history until I saw his obituary. Chase certainly qualified as a journalistic icon...with a storied career. It's a cliche.....Read More »
4 of 31 | Posted by: Sue Wuest - Toledo, OH

“Sue, Neal, Chase, Jr. Connie and I regret we can't be with you Saturday. He was one of a kind, and I enjoyed working with him for many years. His...Read More »
5 of 31 | Posted by: Gordon Ward - Sylvania, OH

“Sorry to read of Chase's passing. His intellect and dry humor were quite entertaining. My thoughts are with Sue and family. RIP Chase. Bob McCarthy ”
6 of 31 | Posted by: Bob McCarthy - Maumee, OH

“Sue and Joe, Please accept my heartfelt sympathy with the passing of Chase. I always had the most respect for him and he is one of the greats in...Read More »
7 of 31 | Posted by: Larry Loutzenhiser - Waterville, OH

“I cannot express my gratitude enough for the great stories and memories posted here. The family remembers so many of you, and I thank you. ”
8 of 31 | Posted by: Chase Clements Jr. - Kansas City, MO

“Chase and I grew up together, we played in the vacant lot across the street from his house. Many great times. ”
9 of 31 | Posted by: Gene Heath - Shelby Twp, MI

“I was former broadcast news person. I ran for city council in 1991 and 2001. Chase treated me fairly, even though I had worked with some of his...Read More »
10 of 31 | Posted by: Matt Zaleski - Toledo, OH

“Chase, rest in peace our honorary steam captain - you will be missed but you will not be forgotten. Sue, our deepest condolences, Hope and Randy...Read More »
11 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“Chase, you were a gentleman and a scholar. Thank you for the invaluable tutelage. No one in that newsroom was ever more generous with such deep...Read More »
12 of 31 | Posted by: Roberta de Boer - Toledo, OH

“Many fine memories of Chase from the days of WTOD (out in the cornfield). Chase was a dedicated newsman. Kindest regards. ”
13 of 31 | Posted by: Janet Barbour - Toledo, OH

“To Neil & family, my condolences & prayers are with you Jade S.J. 79' ”
14 of 31 | Posted by: Jade Bagley - Toledo, OH

“Chase was a great reporter and a great writer, and it's rare to find both skills in a newsman. He had sources upon sources and knew everything going...Read More »
15 of 31 | Posted by: David Yonke

“I remember how thrilled we all were when he moved over from TV to The Blade. No one better informed, no one funnier. He helped create a newsroom...Read More »
16 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“Chase and I were raised a block from each other and yetb we went to diffderent schools. i admired his quick intellect and his friendly smile. He...Read More »
17 of 31 | Posted by: Dr. Lowell H Mays - WI

“It was an honor and a privilege to have known Chase. His keen observations, astute reporting, and political musings were always informational,...Read More »
18 of 31 | Posted by: Roland Hansen - Toledo, OH

“Sue and Family, Sorry to hear about Chase. He was a wonderful man. My thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
19 of 31 | Posted by: Donna Puccetti - Toledo, OH

“I remember Chase from my high school years when I delivered The Toledo Times to him every morning at 6:00 AM every morning at WTOD. Then I'd hang...Read More »
20 of 31 | Posted by: Bill Gors - Archbold, OH

“Chase was a class act, I learned alot from him which helped me land me a job with CBS affilate WIBW in Topeka, Kansas when I was in college and then...Read More »
21 of 31 | Posted by: MICHAEL L. FRIEDMAN - TOLEDO, OH

“Chase and I were at DHS the same time. I remember his pegged pants and white buck shoes, later got to know him when we both were returned army...Read More »
22 of 31 | Posted by: Tuffy Reason - Scottsdale, AZ

“Chase taught me more about local television journalism in one week than I learned in college in four years. Nicknamed "Bear" in the WSPD-TV newsroom...Read More »
23 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

24 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“My condolences to Sue and all of Chase's family. I had the honor of being a neigbor to Sue and Chase when I was attending law school in the late 80s...Read More »
25 of 31 | Posted by: Elisabeth Ladd Heacock - OH

“I fondly remember Chase working with Bob Martz at WTOD radio. They had the funniest routines where Chase played the part of a guy named Brandon.....Read More »
26 of 31 | Posted by: Paul Scheuer - Jackson, MI

“One of the greatest individuals to be around. Great times-great laughs. Will certainly be missed. Thanks for the great words. Our thoughts and...Read More »
27 of 31 | Posted by: John-Kim Sherburne - Toledo, OH

“Chase Clements - What a great guy for a green reporter to go to the national Democratic convention with in 1984. He was the pro. And what a most...Read More »
28 of 31 | Posted by: A friend

“To Chase, Jr. and the Clements family, I extend my sincere sympathy. You are in my thoughts and prayers.May he rest in peace. ”
29 of 31 | Posted by: George Bang - Amelia, OH

“Early in my career, I thought Chase Clements was the be-all, end all of covering local politics. Turns out, I was right. I will forever miss, and...Read More »
30 of 31 | Posted by: Larry Vellequette - Lambertville, MI

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31 of 31 | Posted by: anonymous

"Anyone who says they have only one life to live must not know how to read a book" Author Unknown Veteran newsman Chase Clements died at Ebeid Hospice on Monday, November 4, 2013. As Chase leaves this life to pass to the next, his love for his family along with his passion for teaching and for learning; for politics, news and history; for sports and for horses; and, of course, for great books remains with all who were touched by his heart and his mind. Born in Toledo to George C. and Sylvia Clements, Chase graduated from the former DeVilbiss High School and Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Virginia. After graduation, Chase served two years in the US Army in Germany with the 86th Infantry Division. Returning to civilian life, Chase taught History for three years at the former Ryder School and former Libby High School. In 1961, he was offered a position in news broadcasting at then radio station WTOD, followed by a stint at WOHO radio and then WSPD-TV, now WTVG. Chase worked at WTVG for 15 years before the Toledo Blade swayed him to move to print journalism. He was with The Blade for 11 years until retiring in early 2001. Chase's talents led him to cover topics ranging from government, to courts to the Sylvania and Ottawa Hills neighbor sections. But Chase's most beloved subject was local politics, which he explored with intelligence, wit and humor every week in his popular column, The Political Notebook. Chase is survived by his loving wife of 25 years, Sue Rioux; sons, Neal Clements of Fargo, ND, and Chase Clements, Jr. of Kansas City, MO; stepchildren, Joe (Lisa) Rioux of Sylvania, OH, William (Felix) Rioux of Leipzig, Germany, Michelle Rioux of Grand Rapids, MI, Thomas (Patty) Rioux, of Chicago, IL and Don Rioux of Toledo, OH. And ten grandchildren who brought him many of his greatest joys and most heartfelt laughs; Ian Clements and Christine Clements of Cincinnati, OH, Brandi Barrera, Cam Smith, Jenna Rioux, Gabe Rioux, Zach Rioux, Alyssa Rioux, Max Rioux and Patrick Rioux, all of Toledo, OH. Chase succumbed to liver and kidney failure after a lengthy fight that had many dubbing him the "come-back kid". So many people showed Chase and his family such great kindness during these years. Heartfelt thanks are especially sent to his extended family of Christina Lopez and Scott Herrick along with their family. To Julie, Joan, Roberta, Gary and Michael - There are not words to say what your friendship and support has meant, especially the past two years when the going got tougher. All of you really knew how to lift Chase's spirits and get a laugh from him. He knows you will miss him at those "Power Lunches" at Coney Island. Special thanks also to our Keeneland Track buddies, Audrey and David. To Chase's doctors and caregivers - Drs. Berlacher, Grande, Fayad, Chinyadza, Flickinger and their staffs; Kingston Care Center staff especially Cherie, Chris and Jesse; the terrific Hemodialysis Department at Toledo Hospital; and the caring staff at Ebeid Hospice - the care you gave Chase touched our hearts in even these most difficult of days. Thank you for being our angels. Friends who wish to share memories, tears and laughs with Chase's family are invited to a gathering at the Walker Funeral Home, 5155 W. Sylvania (west of Corey Rd.) on Saturday, November 9th from 3 to 7 pm. Online condolences may be shared with the family at walkerfuneralhomes.com. Gifts in remembrance of Chase can be donated to Helping Hands of St. Louis or the Cherry Street Mission. Or to simply remember Chase, just pick up a favorite book and spend a few quiet moments enjoying a good story.

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