Lloyd Richard ClausonLloyd Richard Clauson, age 81, a lifelong Crookston, Minnesota resident, died peacefully Saturday afternoon, October 9, 2010, in the RiverView Hospital in Crookston. His loving wife, Marilyn, and family were at his side.
Lloyd Richard Clauson
Lloyd Richard Clauson, age 81, a lifelong Crookston, Minnesota resident, died peacefully Saturday afternoon, October 9, 2010, in the RiverView Hospital in Crookston. His loving wife, Marilyn, and family were at his side.
Lloyd was born in Crookston on June 13, 1929, the son of Otto and Hazel (Greenhalgh) Clauson. He was baptized and confirmed in the Catholic faith and attended Central High School. Lloyd enlisted in the U.S. Navy on June 20, 1946, and served aboard the USS Higbee as a gunner, stationed in the Pacific. Following his honorable discharge from the Navy on June 19, 1948, he returned to Crookston. One night, while roller skating at the old Sports Arena, he met the love of his life, Marilyn Duval. Lloyd and Marilyn were united in marriage on June 21, 1952 at St. Anne's Catholic Church. Their marriage was blessed by the births of six children-Jim, Tom, Jean, Cathy, Bob, and Rich. After returning from the service, Lloyd was employed at the Crookston Coca-Cola Bottling Company. Following that he was a rural milk carrier, making deliveries from area farms to the local Land O Lakes and Bridgeman creameries. A few years later he began working at Crookston Upholstery. In 1987 he took over the business, eventually moving to new quarters at 225 Lincoln Ave. Lloyd continued to own and operate Crookston Upholstery and Skate Sharpening, and for nearly 50 years put the perfect edge on countless pairs of hockey and figure skates. He is also remembered for the quality of his upholstery work and the attention to detail given every project he took on. For over forty years Lloyd also helped area sugar-beet growers during the fall harvest. Lloyd served as manager and trainer for the Senior Pirate Hockey Team. Though he never put on a pair of skates himself, Lloyd loved to be involved in the game of hockey. He also played softball in past years with the Crookston Fast Pitch Softball League, and was an avid league bowler with the local bowling teams. As his kids began growing up and taking part in sports and other activities, their interests became his. He was a member of the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and the St. Anne's Men's Society. Lloyd, Marilyn and the family, were especially saddened on October 23, 2003, when daughter, Cathy, passed away unexpectedly from complications of diabetes. Lloyd loved Marilyn and his family dearly. They were his greatest joy and he leaves them with a lifetime of wonderful memories.
Lloyd is survived by his loving wife of fifty-eight years, Marilyn; his daughter, Jean Clauson of Crookston; and four sons, Jim (Terry) Clauson, Tom (Jodi) Clauson, Bob Clauson, and Rich (Carrie) Clauson, all of Crookston. He also leaves twelve grandchildren, Laurie (Steve) Sanders of Crookston, David (Kayla) Clauson of Moorhead, MN, Kari Strom of Grand Forks, ND, Eric (Christina) Strom of Albany, OR, Scott Strom of Grand Forks, Christopher, Allison, and Matthew Clauson of Grand Forks, Andrea and Alex Clauson of Crookston, and Kaylie and Ryan Clauson of Crookston; two great-grandchildren, Zachary and Sophie Sanders of Crookston; and several nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
In addition to his daughter, Cathy, Lloyd was preceded in death by his father, Otto; mother, Hazel; brother, Roland; and two sisters, Irene Graham and Lois Peterson.
May God bless Lloyd's memory.
The Mass of Christian Burial for Lloyd Clauson will be celebrated at 2:00 pm, Thursday, October 14, 2010, in the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Crookston with The Very Rev. Bob Schreiner, presiding.
Visitation will be at the Stenshoel-Houske Funeral Home on Wednesday from 5-7:00pm, with a 7:00pm prayer service, and also for one hour prior to the funeral.
Interment will be in the Calvary Cemetery, Crookston, with Military Honors provided by the Crookston Veterans Council.