Funeral services for Dale R. Clausen, 82, of Madison will be 10:30 a.m., Monday, March 28, 2011, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Madison. Reverend Martin Schmidt will officiate and burial will be in the Bloomfield City Cemetery. Military Rites will be conducted at the cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Resseguie Funeral Home in Madison.
He died at the Veteran’s Hospital in Omaha, on Thursday, March 24, 2011.
Dale was born on October 15, 1928, in Bloomfield, NE, the son of Victor and Frieda (Weise) Clausen. He was raised on the family farm and attended rural school. He farmed with his father before entering the US Army on June 27, 1951. He served in Korea before earning his honorable discharge on June 10, 1953.
He returned to Bloomfield and continued to farm. On October 2, 1955, Dale married Jacqueline Staples. They farmed near Bloomfield. They adopted three children from Nebraska Children’s Home, Karna, Kent and JaLaine.
The family moved to Norfolk in 1970. Dale worked for the Norfolk Country Club as the grounds keeper. Later, he worked as a carpenter building houses before he began his career as a cross country truck driver. He was employed by Warren Transport out of Waterloo, IA, for 19 years.
In 1976, Dale married Rebecca Denton in Norfolk. They had two sons, Chad and Cody.
After retiring from trucking, Dale purchased a farm near Madison where he built his own home.
Dale enjoyed Square Dancing, playing cards, carpentry work as a hobby. His passion was for farming and raising livestock, especially hogs.
Dale is survived by his five children and their spouses: Karna & Tom Burgoyne, of Fremont, Kent and Debbie Clausen, of Sholes, NE, and JaLaine Clausen-Parra and her husband Juan, of Loveland, CO, Chad Clausen, of Fullerton, NE, and Cody Clausen, of Norfolk; 12 grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren; sister, Janet and her husband, Dale Lubker, of West Point, NE, brother, Tom and Karen Clausen, of Rapid City, SD, and sister Judy and her husband, Fran Pratt, of Cedar Rapids, IA; one sister-in-law, Gloree Clausen, Sioux City, IA.
He was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Jim.