Thomas Clausen

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

Thomas J. Clausen, age 64, of Albert City, died July 19, at the Paula J. Baber Hospice Home in Fort Dodge.

Thomas Jack Clausen, the son of Oscar and Lorraine (Boettcher) Clausen, was born in Storm Lake, on November 21, 1947. Tom spent his youth in the Albert City community and was a 1966 graduate of the Albert City High School. He faithfully served his country in the United States Navy from May 8, 1968 until his honorable discharge from the Navy Reserves on February 27, 1974.

Tom was united in marriage to Maureen Lofquist at the Evangelical Covenant Church in Albert City, on August 5, 1973. Together, they were blessed with three sons: Michael, Christopher, and Lucas. Tom's career as an electrician and plumber began when he worked for Don Johnson. In 1979, Tom began Clausen Hardware and Service and his brother, Kent, joined him in the business in 1981.

Tom was a member of the Our Savior's Lutheran Church in Albert City. He also belonged to the Albert City Chamber of Commerce and the American Legion. Tom was a longtime member of the Albert City Volunteer Fire Department where he had also served as an EMT. Tom loved all of his family very much and his three grandchildren were the pride and joy of his life. Special interests of Tom's included model railroads, camping, traveling, movies and biking. Tom's sons always appreciated his assistance with their home improvement projects.

Tom's life will always be celebrated and treasured by his family which include his wife, Maureen of Albert City; three sons: Michael (Carrie) Clausen of Fort Dodge; Christopher (Leah) Clausen of Waukee; Lucas (Jane) Clausen of Waukee; grandchildren: Olivia, Hayden, and Fletcher Clausen; brothers: Dave (Judy) Clausen; Kent (Deb) Clausen all of Albert City; extended family and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Jim.