Clausen Family donates flag in fatherís memory to Ridge View
The family of Jim Clausen, Holstein, was at Fridayís Ridge View football game to proudly acknowledge Jim, to celebrate his life and to present a gift to Ridge View School District in his honor.
Jim was a man of deep pride. He was proud to be an American, a veteran, brother, husband, father and grandfather.
Being a life long resident of Holstein, he was extremely proud, dedicated and faithful to his community and school district.
Jim loved following school athletic events, football being his favorite.
He truly loved supporting all kids on any extra-curricular or academic event.
The football field in Holstein provided Jim with so many memories on and off the field.
In the last 60 years he was a player, an avid and dedicated fan watching, supporting and cheering for the next family member, generation or student athlete to play the game.
Through time the school changed, communities were added, new districts created, but his loyalty to the community, school, game and player remained the same.
Jim played four years on this field in the 1950ís. He had the pleasure of encouraging and supporting his younger brothers, Joe and Dale in the late fifties and sixties.
His own son, Jim (Brown) Clausen took to the same field in the 1970ís (three triple overtimes).
These men all played for the Holstein Pirates. Jim continued the Friday night tradition to proudly watch three nephews play the game in the late 1980ís and 1990ís.
He even had the pleasure to see a grandson play center on the same field in 2007.
These men all played for the Galva-Holstein Pirates. Just two years ago Jim came to this same field to watch a Ridge View Raptor game and cheer for a great nephew.
This football field has meaning and memories to Jim...pride, team, family and the love for football.
Jim also enjoyed any pregame or half-time performance, his daughters along with nieces were busy participating in the marching band which include a few stellar fire baton routines.
He was equally as proud to watch his granddaughter perform for G-H dance team.
As a shriner, Jim also played an integral part of supporting and promoting their local high school players who were chosen to play in the annual Shrinersí football game.
ďWe thought it only appropriate to give back to Jimís community, this school, and to this football field and sports complex that provided him with so many Friday night memories.
The new flag pole was dedicated in Jim Clausenís honor Friday. Jimís little brother, Daleís veteran American Flag which once flew at the field was presented by his family:
Jimís wife Jeanne, his children Jim, Jerri, Jill and Joni as well as Daleís and Joeís family were present.