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Darwin D Claussen

Graveside Service for Dar Claussen will be held on Wednesday (5/27) at 11am at Round Prairie Cemetery. Rev. Kent Otterman will officiate. The public is welcome to come and pay their respects to the family and remain in their vehicles for the service. A celebration of life will be held at a later date. Memorials can be mailed to Bayview Freeborn Funeral Home. Online condolences are welcome at www.bayviewfuneral.com

Darwin D. “Dar” of Glenville passed away peacefully at the age of 88 at the VA Hospital in Minneapolis on May 21,2020 of natural causes.

Dar was born on April 16, 1932 to Howard and Verna (Suhr) Claussen in Rock County, Minnesota. He married Betty Flaskerud on June 29, 1952 at Round Prairie Lutheran Church where he was currently a member. He served in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954 and was honorably discharged. He was self employed doing heavy construction for over 50 years. He then worked as the road maintenance person for Albert Lea Township.

Dar enjoyed racing stock cars, raising cattle, watching his kids and grandkids show livestock and attending their sporting activities, as well as hunting, fishing, and riding snowmobile.

Dar is survived by his children: Bonnie (Alan) Bakken of Albert Lea and children Andrew (Jody) of Albert Lea, Amber (Jamie) Jensen of Albert Lea. David (Dawn) Claussen of Glenville and children Jessica (Matt) Webb of Glenville, Caleb of Maryland, Jordan (Matt) Nelson of Lanesboro, MN. Don (Donna) Claussen of Braidwood, IL and children Chris, Jeremiah and Thaddeus. Brian (Fiancé Shelly) of Rockwell, IA and children Nikki, Christa and Brooke. Brother Dell (June) Claussen of Albert Lea; Sister-in-law Gretchen Claussen of Alden; Brother-in-law Gene (Ruth) Flaskerud of Hayward, MN; Sister-in-law Rosemary Flaskerud of Albert Lea; 20 great grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews; and special friend Beverly Twito.

He was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Betty; his parents Howard and Verna; parents-in-law Willie and Lillian Flaskerud; brothers Dick and Forrest; brother-in-law Lloyd Flaskerud; and 4 nephews.

He was grandpa Dar to more than just his own grandchildren.

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Dar was a friend that I always visited with whenever I went to coffee at Hardees. I enjoyed his sense of humor and also enjoyed talking hunting and fishing with him. He will be missed.

Dick Herfindahl May 27 2020 12:00 AM

We would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Dars family. Dar was a wonderful person and will be missed.

Mike and Renee Lee May 26 2020 12:00 AM

Condolences to you cousins. I have a lot of good memory's of family gatherings and blessing we have shared. I will remember Dar with admiration, As he was very respected. Blessed be his memory, R.I.P.

Greg M.K. Flaskerud May 26 2020 12:00 AM

Bonnie and Al,
So sorry to hear about Dar, he will be missed by many.
With sympathy

Carol Miller May 25 2020 12:00 AM

Dar always came to Senior bowling with Bev and that is where I met him. It was always a delight to see him. He'd have a funny story or a joke, and would cheer us on, no matter how bad we bowled. He was such a kind man and I'm better for having known him. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Bonnie May 25 2020 12:00 AM

My sympathy to the family in Dars passing. I always enjoyed our visits through the years, after caring for Betty in dialysis.

Doris Guenthner May 25 2020 12:00 AM

You are all in my thoughts and prayers.

Al Batt May 24 2020 12:00 AM