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William Chris Claussen
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Birth: Apr. 2, 1896
Cumberland
Cass County
Iowa, USA
Death: Feb. 24, 1973
Atlantic
Cass County
Iowa, USA

Wilhelm Cristian was born 2 Apr 1896 in Cumberland IA, in a conestoga wagon, as the family had left Nebraska to relocate in Iowa. He was schooled through the 3rd grade in Franklin Township IA where he farmed with his family.

He served in the US Army during WWI with Iowa's 349th Infantry and spent one year in France. After the war, he farmed with his brother George, but they lost everything in the Great Depression.

Bill married his first wife, Edith Pasch on 11 Jan 1938 in Cedar Falls IA. They had one son, Sherman, before they divorced.

On 1 Feb 1944, he married Thelma Clara Petersen, and in October 1944, he started his business doing plumbing, carpentry and pump work. He spent many hours up in windmills doing repair work. Grueling work and an explosion in a well he was working on left him disabled in later life.

Bill and Thelma had 4 children, Herm, Frank, Olinda, and Bill.

He had a keen mind for mathematics and could calculate in his head faster than most people can do it on a calculator. He loved barn dances and telling jokes.

Bill died at the Atlantic Hospital in Atlantic IA. His wife Thelma says that at the moment of his death, she was sleeping, but sat straight up in bed, and knew he had passed.

Submitted by Deb Claussen, January 27, 2006 
 
Family links: 
 Parents:
  Herman Hinrick Claussen (1864 - 1951)
  Eliese Marisa Stiegelmeyer Claussen (1864 - 1929)
 
 Spouse:
  Thelma Clara Petersen Claussen Howell (1922 - 2002)*
 
 Children:
  Frank James Claussen (1947 - 2016)*
 
 Siblings:
  Antje Margareta Emma Claussen Baier (1886 - 1969)*
  Friederick Claus Claussen (1889 - 1973)*
  Minnie Machdalena Claussen Tibken (1891 - 1969)*
  Amelia Carolina Emma Claussen Peterman (1893 - 1978)*
  Georg Johann Claussen (1894 - 1983)*
  William Chris Claussen (1896 - 1973)
  Otto Herman Claussen (1899 - 1981)*
  Carl Detlef Claussen (1900 - 1985)*
  Olinda Eliese Claussen Sheumaker (1905 - 1939)*
  Rudolf Ludwig Claussen (1906 - 1976)*
  Albert Heinrick Claussen (1906 - 1980)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Evergreen Cemetery
Anita
Cass County
Iowa, USA
 
Created by: Deb
Record added: May 30, 2005
Find A Grave Memorial# 11062947
William Chris Claussen
Added by: Cathy Porter-Maynard
 
William Chris Claussen
Added by: Deb
 
William Chris Claussen
Added by: Deb
 
 
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Even though you couldn't speak for yourself someone else told your story. Mr. Claussen you were a hard worker and a good human. I know you now, not by you grave but by the person that took the time to write about you.
- GLiveoak
 Added: Jun. 13, 2013

- Satoris LeFier
 Added: Dec. 11, 2009

- Cheryl Brown-Morales
 Added: Feb. 21, 2007
 
 
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