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It was originally published in the Saturday, September 24, 2005 issue of the Yakima Herald-Republic

Glenn "Buzz" Claussen

Erdman Funeral Home

GOLDENDALE, WA - Glenn (Buzz) Claussen of Goldendale, age 95 died September 21, 2005 at the Oregon Veterans Home in The Dalles. Buzz was born December 2, 1909 on the family ranch East of Goldendale, of pioneer parents, Louis and Gertrude Marshall Claussen. The Claussen family homesteaded in 1878 and the Marshall family settled in Goldendale in 1879. Buzz received his education at a country one room school named the Claussen School, and at Goldendale High School. Buzz farmed with his father until he was called into the service in 1942 for World War II. He served under the command of the famous General Patton's third army for 3.5 years, three of which were spent in Africa, Sicily, Italy, France, Austria and Germany, where he received 10 battle stars. His third division received a presidential citation, four invasion arrows and a French citation. After the war was over he returned home to run the family farm. In 1946 he married Myrtle LaGrue, she passed away August 4, 1988. They had one son, Wayne, who lives and farms on the Claussen Ranch. In 1999 Buzz married Maxine Jacroux at the little old church in Maryhill. Buzz was active in community affairs and organizations, among which were the Wheat Growers Association, the Cattlemens Organization, Goldendale Grange, The Fair Board, was voted life membership in the American Legion, which he belonged 60 years, also a life membership in the 40 & 8. He belonged to the United Methodist Church, The Old Time Fiddlers, The Klickitat County Historical Society, The Senior Center and Klickitat County Senior Council.

Those preceding him in death was his mother & father and first wife, Myrtle; sister, Bernadine Claussen; and brother, Walter Claussen. He leaves his wife, Maxine of Goldendale, son, Wayne and wife, Shirley of Goldendale. Brother, William Claussen, of St. George, Utah. granddaughter, Dawn McLing and grandson-in-law Jerry McLing from Klamath Falls, OR. Grandsons Marshall and wife, Janelle, Vancouver, Kenneth and wife, Kelley of Carson, WA, Matthew and wife, Debbie of Vancouver, WA. Granddaughters, Carey and husband, Fred Naught of Cheney, WA; Victoria Bean of Goldendale, and grandson, Scott Bean of Arlington, OR. He has 12 great-grandchildren and one great great grandson Scott David Claussen.

Funeral Services will be Monday, September 26, 2005 at 1:00 PM at Erdman Funeral Home, Goldendale. Burial will follow in Mt. View Cemetery, Goldendale.