SALEM — Clarence Sherman, a member of St. Joseph Parish here, died April 3. He was 97.

Mr. Sherman was born in Atchison, Kan. He enlisted in the Navy in the year 1934. During his 20 years active service and 10 years Naval Reserve service he was stationed at six different Navy hospitals, on five ships and six Navy stations. He helped establish and equip hospitals and medical facilities aboard ships and Naval stations. He enlisted as a hospital apprentice and retired as a Warrant Officer in the Navy Medical Service Corps. 

After his Navy retirement he worked for both Marion and Polk County Health Departments as Director of Environmental Health Services for more than 25 years. He married Leona Nistler in 1940. She preceded him in death in 2007. He is also preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. He is survived by his children Richard, Tygh Valley; Barbara Versteeg Keizer; Pamela Sherman-Keel, Chula Vista, Ca.; Susan Hall, Troutdale; eight grandchildren and 16 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be Thursday, April 10, from 10 a.m. - Noon at Virgil T. Golden Funeral Service followed by Mass of Christian Burial at 1:30 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church. Interment will be at Willamette National Cemetery.