He was born June 27, 1927, in rural McNabb to Hans and Effie (Paulsen) Clausen. He attended the Centerville (rural) school and Hopkins High School. On Dec. 18, 1949, he married Sharon Hamm at Hennepin United Methodist Church. Together, they had four sons: Daniel, David, Jon and Mark.
He was preceded in death by his parents; stepfather, Sinius Hansen; one sister (Elaine Reed), a brother (Edwin Clausen), an infant son (David Clausen), an adult son (Mark Clausen), a granddaughter (Christina Clausen) and great-granddaughter (Madison).
He is survived by his wife (Sharon Clausen); sister (Donna Stinson); two sons, Daniel and Jon Clausen, and their wives (Tina and Teresa); daughter-in-law, Jacqueline Clausen; eight grandchildren, Katherine, Erika, Dana, Colin and Theresa Clausen, Elizabeth Kampaus, and Eli and Ben Shorewood; four stepgrandchildren, Jill and Seth Holocker, Rylan Schimelpfenig and Brandy Whitecotton Strickland; and two stepgreat grandchildren, Cierra and Kylie Strickland.
He lived and farmed in Putnam County his entire life. At one point he farmed in Bureau, La Salle and Putnam Counties. The farm that he eventually owned was one mile from where he was born.
He was a member of Putnam County Historical Society, Hennepin Development Inc. and Sioux Prairie Farms. He was a member of the board of the Farm Bureau and Emmaus Lutheran Church Board in McNabb, where he was a Sunday school teacher and his grandfather (Christian Paulsen) was one of the original founders.
He loved music and travel — having been to every state but Alaska, and many foreign lands.
He was a beloved husband, father and grandfather, and a loyal friend to many.
Services will be at 11 a.m. Thursday in Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville. A gathering for family and friends for a time of sharing will be at noon in United Methodist Church, Hennepin.
Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Wednesday and 10-11 a.m. Thursday in Dysart-Cofoid Funeral Chapel, Granville.
Memorials may be directed to Putnam County Historical Society or Emmaus Lutheran Church in McNabb.
Online condolences may be made to Bob’s family at www.dcfunerals.com/