Norm Clauson -- Cannon Falls
J. Norman “Norm” Clauson, 84, of Cannon Falls, died peacefully at home on Friday morning, July 28, 2017.
He was born John Norman Clauson on June 29, 1933, in Red Wing, the son of John “Fred” and Pearl “Nettie” (Lundell) Clauson. He attended Cannon Falls High School, graduating in 1951. He married Correne Gronvold and they had four children together. They later divorced.
He married Joan (Fredell) Hanson on Oct. 30, 1982, at Spring Garden Lutheran Church, where he continued his active membership throughout his life. He served on the church council, Sunday school superintendent, and various boards.
He was a dairy farmer on his family farm from 1954-1978, when he started his trucking business, hauling livestock. In 1982, he went to work for Leon Township doing road maintenance for 12 years. He and Joan owned and operated the Shades of Sherwood Campground near Zumbrota from 1990-2002, when they retired. They loved meeting people and socializing. Through their campground experience, a “campground family” was started and they have many lifelong friends.
Norm served on the Leon Township Board, Belle Creek Creamery Board, Farmers Union Board (local and county levels), and Vasa-Spring Garden Insurance Board.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sister, Mary Lee.
He is survived by his wife, Joan; children, Deb (Jeff) Harrison of Jacksonville, Fla., Ruthie (Dave) Sjoblom of Wanamingo, Diane (Pat) Whalen of LeRoy, and Paul (Elrene) Clauson of Kenyon; stepchildren, Scott (Sandy) Hanson of Cannon Falls and Vonnie (Mike) Dreier of New London, Minn.; five grandsons; eight-plus great-grandchildren; eight stepgrandchildren; stepgreat-grandchildren; and stepgreat-great-grandchildren. He is also survived by sister, Dorothy (Donald) Anderson of Rochester; brother-in-law, Dick (Portia) Lee of Peterson; and many nieces and nephews.
A visitation will be from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, at Lundberg Funeral Home in Cannon Falls. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, with visitation from 10 a.m., at Spring Garden Lutheran Church. Honorary pallbearers will be Jay, Jeff, Brian, Adam, Peter, Tim, Matt and Joe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may go to Spring Garden Lutheran Church, Cannon Falls, or Heartland Hospice Care, Rochester.
Arrangements by Lundberg Funeral Home, Cannon Falls. Online condolences may be directed to www.lundbergfuneral.com.