Clarence E. Amundson, 88, of Clermont, died Sunday, Feb. 2, 2014, at the Good Samaritan Center in West Union. Celebration of Life services were at 11 a.m., Thursday, Feb. 5, at the East Clermont Lutheran Church in rural Clermont, with Rev. Ron Roberts as the officiant. Friends called Wednesday, Feb. 4, from 4-7 p.m. at the East Clermont Lutheran Church rural Clermont and one hour before services at the church Thursday. Inurnment is at a later date in the East Clermont Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials in Clarence's honor may be made to the Luren Singing Society or the East Clermont Lutheran Church Music Ministry. Schutte-Grau Funeral Home in Clermont assisted the family with the arrangements. Condolences may be left at graufuneralhomes.com.
Clarence Edward, the son of Ole and Nina (Loftsgard) Amundson, was born July 29, 1925, in rural Clermont. He was baptized and confirmed at East Clermont Lutheran Church, rural Clermont. Clarence graduated from Clermont High School and graduated from lineman school training in Chicago, Ill. Clarence was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He farmed for several years east of Clermont before becoming a lineman and manager for ACE telephone. He retired from ACE in 1987. Clarence was united in marriage with Johanna Anderson Sept. 18, 1954, at a Baptist Church in Cedar Falls. To this union, three children were born.
Clarence was a lifelong member of East Clermont Lutheran Church. He served on the church council, was a member of the choir and Lutheran Brotherhood, and he was the church custodian for 30 years. He was a member of the Sheehan-Olson American Legion Post No. 375 in Clermont. Clarence was a member of the Luren Singers in Decorah for over 25 years. During his time with the Luren Singers, Clarence was able to travel to Norway three times and he was honored to shake hands with the King of Norway. Clarence enjoyed beekeeping, raising chinchillas, flying airplanes, camping, traveling and having coffee and spending time with friends. He also sang at many funerals and weddings in the Clermont area.
Clarence is survived by his wife, Johanna; three children: Caren (Chuck) Reaves of Missoula, Mont.; Eric (Diane) Amundson of Humboldt; and Olin (Karen) Amundson of New Hampton; eight grandchildren: Allison, Rachel, and Michael Reaves; Scott, David, and Peder Amundson; and Timothy and Alec (fiancée, Rachel) Amundson; two brothers, Art Amundson of West Union and Kenny (Ruth) Amundson of Clermont; one sister, Norene Landsgard of Clermont; and one sister-in-law, Marjorie Amundson of Postville.
Clarence was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Almer, Morris and Clifford Amundson; and two sisters-in-law, Norma and Hildur Amundson.