Frank “Gar” Clem Jr., 53, who developed the EZ-KLEAN cleaner, died Monday, Jan. 21, 2013.
He was born in Glasgow on Jan. 7, 1960, to Frank A. and Mary Ann Clem (nee Yassen). He attended school in Glasgow, then worked in Bozeman as a mechanic. He then lived in Billings and Belgrade, learning construction trades, particularly bricklaying, before he moved back to Glasgow.
There, he took instruction on the distribution of a cleaner that sent him all over the country demonstrating and selling the product.
He then set about developing a cleaner of his own. Thus was the birth of EZ-KLEAN, a gentle degreaser and general cleaning product.
Mr. Clem manufactured and sold his product over much of Montana and Wyoming and shipped it to customers as far away as New Jersey and Florida. While he ran the EZ-KLEAN business, he also did bricklaying jobs and worked for ABC Steel Siding in Billings.
He had been diagnosed with diabetes at an early age, then suffered from kidney failure starting in 2002. He began peritoneal dialysis in 2003 and suffered a heart attack. He struggled with his health in all the years after that.
After his father died in 2002, he took over the salvage yard in Glasgow that his father left behind, selling off antique, classic and junk vehicles for his mother’s benefit.
Survivors include his sweetheart, Marie Gefers, who moved to Montana from New Jersey in 2007 after they met in an online pinochle game.
He also is survived by his mother, Mary Ann Clem; and sisters, LaWana Grewe and Twylla Isakson, both of Glasgow.
Services were held Jan. 29 at Calvary Baptist Church in Glasgow. A reception followed at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow. Arrangements were by Cremation & Funeral Gallery.