The Rev. John A. Clausen, 61, of Tiffin, passed away at 12:57 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 6, 2012, at his residence.
John was born May 16, 1951, in Spring Valley, Ill., to the late John H. Clausen and Joan (Johnson) Clausen, who survives in Machesney Park, Ill. He married Tamra (Pflug) Andrews, and they later divorced.
Other survivors include his three daughters, Sarah Clausen of Philadelphia, Krista (Bryan) Stallard of Findlay and Linnea Clausen of Columbus; a granddaughter, Anika Stallard; five brothers, Peter Clausen of Malden, Ill., Steven Clausen of Loves Park, Ill., James Clausen of St. Paul, Minn., Michael Clausen of Albany, Ga., and Jeffrey Clausen of Roscoe, Ill.; and three sisters, Christine Clausen of Ingleside, Texas, Jacqueline Bauer of Mendota, Ill., and Karen Osuga of Rockford, Ill.
The Rev. Clausen
John was a life-long Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) pastor. His service to God touched many lives over the years, including congregations in Olmsted Falls, Wapakoneta and Tiffin. For the past 13 years, he has served St. John Lutheran Church in Deshler.
He also enjoyed reading as well as writing poetry and church hymns, one of which was published. John also loved being a grandfather and was a Chicago Bears and Cubs fan. John was a 1969 graduate of Princeton High School and later attended West Point for two years. He graduated from Carthage College in 1974 and received his master of divinity from the Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago in 1978.
John was preceded in death by his father and an infant brother, Richard Clausen.
Services will be at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012, at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Tiffin with Bishop Marcus Lohrmann and the Rev. Jan Kucera officiating. Visitation for family and friends will be 4-8 p.m. Monday at Engle-Shook Funeral Home and Crematory in Tiffin. There will be no burial at this time.
Memorial contributions may be made to Financial Assistance for Cancer Treatment. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.engleshookfuneralhome.com.