Clem W. Distler, 89, of Jefferson City, formerly of California, MO passed away on Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Oak Tree Villas in Jefferson City. He was born on May 20, 1923 in Jefferson City, MO the son of Joseph Martin and Josephine (Hentges) Distler, both of whom preceded him in death. He was married on September 23, 1944 in Folk, MO to Rose Van Loo, who survives of the home. He was a member of Annunciation Catholic Church in California. Clem worked in construction and also was a farmer. He loved spending time with his family. He and Rose had 13 children, Mary Jo (Larry) Stevenson of Sedalia, Bill Distler (deceased) and wife Irma of Jefferson City, Linda (Gary) Bardwell of California, David (Lorna) Distler of Columbia, Theresa Lasniewski and husband Victor (deceased) of Sedalia, Arlene Distler (deceased), Margaret (Raymond) Bieri of California, Beverly (Darwin) Smith of Russellville, Joe (Sally) Distler of Jefferson City, Dale (Carolyn) Distler of Branson, Donna (Larry) Crawford of O'Fallon, Pam (Roger) Schnieders of California, and Allen (Garta) Distler of Jefferson City; 39 grandchildren, 54 great-grandchildren and 1 great-great-grandchild; 1 brother-in-law, Emil Schwartze of Westphalia; 2 sisters-in-law, Charlene Distler and Agnes Distler, both of Jefferson City. He was preceded in death by 5 sisters, Bernadine Poetker, Irene Kuebler, Coletta Rademan, Mildred Wankum and Rosemary Schwartze; and 2 brothers, Cletus Distler and Anthony Distler. Mass of Christian Burial was held on Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. at Annunciation Catholic Church in California, MO. Burial was in Annunciation Catholic Cemetery. Officiating was Fr. David Maher. Memorials are suggested to the Baker's Dozen Relay for Life Team in honor of Clem's daughter Pam, who is a cancer survivor, or the Mustard Seed Radio Program, c/o Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, 100 S. Oak, California, MO 65018. Arrangements are under the direction of Bowlin-Cantriel Funeral Services, California, MO.