Funeral services for Roger D. Claussen age 82 of West Point, NE will be held on Wednesday, February 12, 2020 at 10:30 a.m. at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in West Point, NE with Rev. Robert Schilling officiating. Interment with Military Honors will be in the St. Michael's Cemetery in West Point, NE. Visitation will be on Tuesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 7:00 p.m., at the Minnick Funeral Home in West Point and will continue on Wednesday from 9:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. The family suggests that memorials be directed in Roger's name to the American Veterans Park in West Point to help purchase the U.S. Navy Statue.
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Roger passed away on Saturday, February 8, 2020 at St. Joseph's Hillside Villa in West Point, NE surrounded by his family.
Roger Dean Claussen was born on December 9, 1937 in Dunlap, IA to Emil and Elsie (Schnieder) Claussen. In 1943, the family moved to Sholes, NE, where Roger attended rural school near Carroll, NE.
On November 19, 1955, Roger enlisted in the U.S Navy, where he served on the USS Franklin D. Roosevelt aircraft carrier, until he was honorably discharged on November 26, 1957. Upon returning home, Roger had worked at D&S Tire, had done carpentry work and worked at IBP for 30 years until retirement.
On May 24, 1973, he was united in marriage to Karen Wietfeld in Yankton, SD.
Roger liked to restore antique Model A tractors and collected everything John Deere. He enjoyed gardening, fishing, spending time with his grandchildren, and took pride in teaching the family how to mow the lawn the correct way.
His wife of 46 years- Karen Claussen of West Point, NE
Children and their families-
Daughter-Kim and Randy Bargmann of Bancroft, NE and family-
Justin and Laura Schuetze and children-Evan, Landon, & Connor; Jessica and Tyler Kreikemeier and children-Brynn & Claire; Jeremy Schuetze and daughter-Bella
Daughter- Jackie and Sean Moore of Lincoln, NE
Son-Cory and Emily Claussen of Waverly, NE and family-
Ashton and Dexter VonEssen; Halle Claussen; Ava Claussen
Daughter-Stacy and Doug Kaup of West Point, NE and daughter-
Son-Randy and Beth Claussen of Ackley, IA and family-
Derek and Ashley Claussen and children-Marshall & Zachary; Brandt Claussen
Daughter-JoDee Orgell of Alden, IA and children- Jeffrey & Kayla
Daughter-in-law-Nancy Claussen of Neligh, NE and family-
Thea and Ray Shamburg and children-Emma & Allison; Elizabeth and Shannon Hendren and children-Griffin, Grayson & Breckin; Holly Claussen and Chris Buresh and children-Hannah, Hailey, Alexander & Aiden
Sisters- Darlene Hood of Neligh, NE
Janet Thompson of Wilbur, NE
Brothers and Sisters in law- Donna and Bruce Schlecht of West Point, NE
Deborah and Pat Emanuel of Lonetree, CO
Mark Wietfeld of Omaha, NE
Randy and Shellie Wietfeld of West Point, NE
Richard and Rennae Wietfeld of West Point, NE
Greg Wietfeld and Barbara Carr of Fremont, NE
Doris Claussen of Carroll, NE
Roger is also survived by many nieces and nephews who brought much light, love, and laughter into his life.
He is preceded in death by his parents-Emil and Elsie Claussen, son-Bryan Claussen in 2017, brothers- Dale Claussen, Don and Sandy Claussen, Melvin and Donna Claussen, Merold and Patricia Claussen, and his parents-in-law-Don and Pauline Wietfeld.