Frederick "Bill" Claussen

Fredrick 'Bill' Claussen

Frederick William “Bill” Claussen, 80, Staples, formerly of Hardwick, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, at Reflections at Lakewood Health Systems in Staples.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick, with visitation one hour prior to the service at the church. Inurnment will follow at the Maplewood Cemetery in Luverne. Memorials may be given to the Alzheimer’s Association, www.alz.org.

Frederick Claussen  was born on Feb. 14, 1942, to Eldra and Eunice (Arp) Claussen in Luverne. He was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick. Bill was raised by a village which included his grandparents, aunts, uncles and cousins. He graduated from Luverne High School in 1960.

Bill lived in or near Hardwick throughout his life. He owned his own excavating business for a number of years and also drove cement trucks for Pronk Ready Mix.

Bill married Alice on March 7, 1992, at Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick. They were married for five years until her passing on June 27, 1996.

Bill was a lifelong member of Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick. He also served on the fire department and was a member of the Arthur Moeller American Legion Post #478 in Hardwick. Bill enjoyed hunting, fishing, skeet shooting and going on motorcycle trips. He especially enjoyed socializing and spending time with his family and friends whom he thought the world of. He was extremely caring and helped his mother when her health declined.

Bill is survived by his sister, Marlee (John) Melville of St. Cloud; his sister-in-law, Jackie Claussen of Pace, Florida; stepdaughters Julie (Tim Haugen) Pater of Wirock and Jayme (Dave) Palmer of Sioux Falls, South Dakota; his very special great-nephew, Christopher Thomas; and many nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, and stepgrandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Alice; his parents; and his brother Lee Claussen.

Arrangements are provided by Hartquist Funeral Home of Luverne, hartquistfuneral.com.

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