Clement D. Hemler, 85, draftsman, code breaker

February 28, 2003

Clement D. Hemler, 85, draftsman, code breaker

Clement D. Hemler, a retired draftsman, died of heart failure Sunday at the Oak Crest Village retirement community. The longtime Parkville resident was 85.

Born and raised in Reisterstown, Mr. Hemler was a 1934 graduate of Franklin High School.

He joined the Army shortly before the outbreak of World War II, and was assigned to an intelligence unit when testing showed his aptitude for math. He spent four years in Australia decoding Japanese messages and writing code handbooks, attaining the rank of master sergeant.

After working at the old Baltimore Transit Co. and Bethlehem Steel Corp., he took a job at Maryland Shipbuilding and Drydock Co. in Fairfield in 1956. He retired in 1982.

For the past 20 years, Mr. Hemler had been a volunteer driver for Meals on Wheels of Central Maryland. He made his last run three weeks before his death.

He was a former member of St. Isaac Jogues Roman Catholic Church in Northeast Baltimore.

A funeral Mass was offered Wednesday.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, the former Mary Long; sons Dr. James R. Hemler of LaPlata, John C. Hemler of Columbia, Martin E. Hemler of Boston and Robert F. Hemler of Ellicott City; daughters Helen R. Bennett, Jane F. Blonder and Catherine Emig, all of Baltimore, and Mary H. Sloane of Marietta, Ga., and Margaret Vigerstad of Halifax, Nova Scotia; 20 grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

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