Fr. Clarence Zachman, OMI

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Father Clarence J. Zachman, OMI, 103, passed away Friday, January 19, 2024, at the Benedictine Living Community at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows in Belleville, IL. He was the eldest Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate in the world.

Father Clarence was born on November 2, 1920, to the late Louis and Philomena, nee Becker, Zachman in Rogers, MN. Fr. Clarence took his First Vows as a Missionary Oblate in August 1943, in Mission, TX. He was ordained a Missionary Oblate priest at St. Paul’s Cathedral in St. Paul, MN, on June 5, 1948.

After ordination, Fr. Clarence received assignments in Carthage, MO; Onaka, SD; Sisseton, SD; Duluth, MN; and Mountain Grove, MO. He joined the United States Air Force in 1961. As Chaplain, he was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel during his 20 years of service. He was stationed abroad at Samsun, Turkey; Tokyo, Japan; and Ramstein, Germany; and stateside in Minot, ND; Tampa, FL; Anchorage, AK; Marquette, MI; and various bases in Texas.

He finished his traveling in 1989 when he was assigned to various ministries in Belleville, Illinois. During this time, he coined the phrase, “Jesus loves you and so do I.” His last assignments were at St. Henry’s Oblate Community in Belleville, and as chaplain at the Benedictine Living Community.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his brothers, Arthur, Raymond, Norbert and Francis; and his sisters, Genieve, Cecilia and Rosalia.

Mourning his passing are his nieces and nephews; residents and staff at the Benedictine Living Community; and 3,500 Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate around the world.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, 442 S. DeMazenod Dr., Belleville, IL 62223. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Visitation: Friends may visit from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. Thursday, January 25, 2024, at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows at the National Shrine Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL.

Funeral: A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, January 25, 2024, at the Church of Our Lady of the Snows at the National Shrine Our Lady of the Snows, Belleville, IL. The Mass will be livestreamed at oblatesusa/FrClarence.

Burial with military honors will be at the St. Henry’s Oblate Cemetery, Belleville, IL.



4 Comments on Fr. Clarence Zachman, OMI

Bill Schless said : Guest Report Feb 21, 2024 at 7:40 PM

I got to know Fr Clarance at Kings House and sun at St Nicholas O’Fallon! A gem! He will be missed!

  • Sequim
  • WA
Mike Wilson said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2024 at 3:38 PM

Father Clarence was truly a "Holy Catholic Priest" that served God's will to his fullest! Father Clarence my good friend, may your rewards in Heaven be ever so great! Amen!

  • Sparta
  • IL
Bruce & Anne Ruggiero said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2024 at 3:04 PM

Fr. Clarence was a such a sweet man. Thank you for celebrating Mass at Immaculate Conception Lithuanian Church. May you rest in peace.

  • Swansea
  • Illinois
Kathy McDade Draper said : Guest Report Jan 23, 2024 at 12:07 AM

Deepest Sympathy to Fathers family RIP Father

  • Belleville
  • IL

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