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In 1979, after the murderous Khmer Rouge regime, the bishop was part of a Church World Service delegation that traveled to Cambodia.
For the past 19 years, he drove three days a week to Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church to work in programs that help ex-convicts and the poor build better lives. He worked closely with staff members and confirmed rounds of eighth-graders.
Longtime friend Bishop Bruce Ough said Clymer flew from Florida to Minneapolis to say his friend’s eulogy on Nov. 23. At the end, Ough said, Clymer’s voice faded and his words slurred.
Ough said Clymer’s voice strengthened, though, when proclaiming gospel that he loved: “so whether I live and whether I die, I am the Lord’s.”
Then the bishop said, “Let us pray,” and slumped on the pulpit.
In addition to Virginia and Richard, survivors include son Kenton of DeKalb, Ill.; six grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
Services have been held.
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