A Mass of Christian Burial for Richard “Rich” Elwin Clausen, of Lake City, was held on Tuesday, June 12, 2018 at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wall Lake. Burial with Military Rites was at Wall Lake Cemetery. Richard passed away on June 8, 2018 at St. Anthony’s Nursing Home in Carroll, Iowa after a courageous battle with Parkinson’s disease. Richard was 76.
Richard “Rich” Elwin Clausen, son of Elwin John Clausen and Lucille Ida Caroline Podey, was born January 18, 1942 in rural Denison, Iowa. Richard attended school in the Ar-We-Va school system, graduating in 1960. From there, Richard attended Northwest Schools and obtained his degree in Operating Engineer Home Study, which he would later put to use in his land improvement contracting business.
Richard entered the Army in March of 1964. Richard was a proud member of the Army, serving during the Vietnam Conflict until 1966 as an Army Medic. Richard received honors of Expert Marksmen and a letter of commendation for his life saving efforts while serving others. Richard was honorably discharged from the Army in 1966.
On June 17, 1967, Richard was united in marriage to Yvonne Cecelia Riedell at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Wall Lake, Iowa. To this union 5 children were born.
In 1972, Richard started his land improvement contracting business, Clausen Construction, based out of the rural family home northwest of Lake View. Many of the terraces and waterways in Sac County and the surrounding counties were proudly built with the skill and pride that Richard displayed in all of his work. Richard continued to own and operate Clausen Construction until his retirement in 2005.
While working, Richard participated in many community activities and held numerous positions on various boards. Richard was a Board Member and President of the Lake View-Auburn School Board; a member of the Stewart Memorial Hospital Board in Lake City, Iowa; Sac County Compensation Board member; and Board Member of, as well as Northwest Iowa President and State Vice President of the Land Improvement Contractors of America.
Richard was a member of St Joseph Catholic Church in Wall Lake where he participated on the church council, Eucharistic Minister and usher. Richard also volunteered countless hours working with Monsignor Joseph E. Tolan, past priest at St Joseph, and his JET 100 parties.
In his retirement, Richard enjoyed visiting his children, spending time with his grandchildren and attending their many various activities, fishing, being outside, working on his model train display, which the grandchildren would spend hours controlling, and playing cards. He could always be counted on to sit down with his grandchildren to play poker, euchre, or Slip the Ace.
Richard was preceded in death by his parents.
Richard is survived by his wife of 50 years, Yvonne Clausen of Lake City; children: Michelle (James) Trulock of Clara City, MN, Margaret (Douglas) Drost of Emmetsburg, IA, Jason (Debra) Clausen of Carroll, IA, Valerie (William) Abel of Byron, IL, and Justin (Laura) Clausen of Ames, IA; twelve grandchildren: Ashley, Leah, and Kimberly Trulock; Hannah, Tyler, and Erik Drost; Gabriel and Hazel Clausen; Allison and Benjamin Abel; Katelyn and Kaden Clausen; and a sister, Marilyn (Dick) Weatherman of Denison, IA.