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Written by TRF Times   
    Prior Lake - A sweet, kind and soft hearted man, Jimmie R. Clausen, formerly of Thief River Falls, died unexpected on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, on his 66th birthday.
    A Celebration of Life Service was held on Friday, Dec. 21 at Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home in Prior Lake, with Pastor Ron Groschel presiding. Jim will be laid to rest at a private family service at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis, with full military honors provided by the Prior Lake V.F.W. Volunteer Rifle Squad.
    On Tuesday, Dec. 17, 1946 in Thief River Falls, Jimmie Raymond was born to parents, Lloyd and Arlene (Peterson) Clausen. The second of eight children, Jimmie grew up in Grygla,  on the family farm. Not liking the daily chores with the animals, Jimmie was an excellent handy man, even in his younger years. Always busy, he loved fixing fence, building tree and play houses for his younger siblings.
     In 1964, Jimmie graduated from Goodridge High School in Goodridge, and attended a trade school for one year in carpentry. He started working for the Arctic Cat dealership in Thief River Falls, before enlisting in the military. Jimmie served three years in the United States Army, with two tours in Vietnam installing water purification systems.  He was a member of the V.F.W.
     Most of Jimmie’s career was spent in the concrete industry. In 1982, he started his own company, Clausen Construction. Jimmie was very proud of providing the cement needs to individuals and business. A talented craftsman, he even built a home for his family.
     Marrying later on in life, Jimmie’s life was complete when he married Bonnie Johnson on March 19, 1976 in Bloomington. They enjoyed spending winters in Arizona, where fond memories were created. In his early years, Jimmie enjoyed fishing and trolling on the lake at the cabin in Litchfield. In his spare time, Jimmie loved dropping money into slot machines, attending county fairs and archery in the backyard. One of his biggest passions in life was tractors. He was very knowledgeable about tractors of any era, Jimmie even restored a tractor he drove at the age of 5.
    Deeply missed and forever loved by mother, Arlene Clausen of Grygla; stepchildren, Sherry Sorenson of Lindstrom, Lori (Fred) Schultz in Andover, Mark Lambert of St. Paul, Todd (Kelly) Lambert of Brooklyn Park;  several stepgrandchildren and great-grandchildren; siblings, Harlan (Barb) Clausen of Bloomington, Danny (Jane) Clausen of Minneapolis, Karen (Rick) Boatman of Marshfield, Mo., Bonnie (Roland) Paquin of Esko,  Susan (Rich) Cwikla of West Fargo, N.D., Curtis Clausen of Big Lake, Joan (Darryl) Rice of Duluth; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.  
    Jim was preceded in death by wife, Bonita and his father, Lloyd. Curt Clausen will be Jim’s urn bearer.  
     The Clausen family is served with honor, care and compassion by Ballard-Sunder Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Prior Lake Chapel.
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