Douglas “Doug” Clasen age 70 of Princeton, passed away suddenly Monday, June 24, 2013 at his home. Douglas Steven Clasen was born July 20, 1942, the son of Robert and Isabelle (Cartie) Clasen in Aitkin, MN.
Doug married Grace Johnson on September 8th, 1962 in Eagle Bend, MN. The couple moved to the Princeton area in 1972. Doug was employed as a meat cutter for the John Morrell Company for fifteen years. He then took a position with the United States Department of Agriculture working as a meat grader. He stayed with the USDA for fifteen years. Doug then took employment with Princeton Plastics. He worked for Princeton Plastics as a Mechanical Maintenance Technician for ten years before his retirement. Doug was an active and dedicated member of the Zion Lutheran Church of Princeton and served as a church elder. Doug was passionate about gardening and sharing his harvest. He and Grace were among the first to help start the Princeton Farmers Market. They faithfully supported and participated as vendors in the market for 22 years. He was known for the apples he produced from his 40 apple trees, for having high quality and quantity of raspberries, cherries, strawberries, and blueberries. He also grew 8 different varieties of potatoes. In the non-gardening season Doug enjoyed hunting small game and deer as well as turning and carving wood. He was very gifted in working with wood and made many beautiful vases, bowls, children’s toys and plates. He was also interested in making his own venison sausage and if he had any extra berries, he would make fruit wine. Doug loved the outdoors and nature; he was always reading to learn more and loved to share his knowledge, especially with young people. He volunteered with helping local scouting groups and with 4-H groups. He will be dearly missed.
Doug is survived by his wife of 50 years Grace; children, Mark Clasen of Eagle Lake, MN, Susan (Don) Erickson of Corsica, SD, Sarah (Josh) Anderson of Foreston, MN; daughter-in-law, Mary Clasen of Sauk Rapids, MN; grandchildren, Neal Krugman, Michael Krugman, Nicole Clasen and Amanda Clasen; siblings, Rev. Ruth Gangloff of Sauk Centre, William (Sharon) Clasen of Arlington, SD and Lorraine (Rudy Loxterkamp) Clasen of Sauk Centre, MN.
He was preceded in death by his son, Richard Douglas Clasen and an infant daughter, Anne Marie Clasen; his parents, Robert and Isabelle Clasen.
Memorial Service was held at 2:00 PM on Thursday June 27, 2013 at the Zion Lutheran Church of Princeton, MN. Visitation was held on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM at the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton, MN and one hour prior to the service at the church on Thursday. Interment at the Zion Lutheran Church Cemetery.
Arrangements entrusted to the Williams Dingmann Family Funeral Home, Princeton, MN.