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Obituary for Dale "Doc" Walter Clausen
Dale Walter “Doc” Clausen, 96, of Stuart passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2018 at his home in Stuart. Memorial service will be held at 2 P.M. on Friday, October 19th at the Zion Lutheran Church in Dexter. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Burial will full military rites will be the Dexter Cemetery. Memorial contributions may made to LCMS Mission Central. Online condolences may be left at www.johnsonfamilyfuneralhome.com. (Professional services entrusted to Johnson Family Funeral Home – Dexter)
Dale was born on October 9, 1922 on the family farm located south of Dexter. His parents were Walter and Alma (Pevestorf) Clausen.
He attended Penn #3 country school and graduated from the Dexter High School. Following graduation he farmed with his father. He was drafted into the Army during World War II. He was a lab technician assigned to a station hospital in the Philippines. After returning home, he attended Iowa State on the GI Bill becoming a veterinarian.
He married Della Eickelberg and they had three daughters before Della died. He married Karen Minor and they had two sons. The marriage ended. He next married Mary Helen Baker Lovely. He would say he married a lovely widow and adopted her six lovely children. He had a large and small animal practice for 20 years in Stuart. “Doc” moved to Denison and worked for the USDA as a veterinarian meat inspector until he retired. He returned to Stuart in 1991.
Dale loved his Lord and Savior as well as his church. He was active in the church all of his life. He had taught Sunday School and held various offices. He greatly enjoyed Bible study and participated in three classes weekly.
During his life he was on the Guthrie County School Board in the 60’s. He was a member of the Stuart Planning and Zoning Board in the 90’s and 2000’s. He was an adjutant for the American Legion Post 146 for a few years. He was a substitute card player for various groups through his church. The former farmer in “Doc” enjoyed gardening and yard work. He was looking forward to digging his sweet potato crop.
Dale was proud of his large family. He is survived by his children: Steven (Sue) Clausen, Mary Rebecca Clausen, David (Dee) Clausen, Deborah (Rick) Weiss, Jane Clausen, Denise Kapaun, Darlene (Joe Marron) Clausen, Blair (Mary) Clausen, Christine Clausen, Christopher (Jenny) Clausen and Martin (Debbie) Clausen. He is also survived by brothers-in-law, Robert “Chic” Hennings and Robert (Karen Bellis) Baker. Additionally, he leaves behind 21 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his first wife, Della and his wife, Mary Helen, of 51 years; parents; sisters, Dorothy Korn and Georgine Hennings; and son-in-law, Patrick Kapaun. Dale peacefully passed away at home during his afternoon coffee break with his daughter/caregiver by his side.