Obit: Clouse, Wayne Frederick (1941 - 2010)
Contact: Dolores Mohr Kenyon
Surnames: Clouse, Slieve, Domine, Raatz,
Johnson, Spangler, Larson, Wuethrich, Pace
----Source: Clark County Press (Neillsville, Clark Co., WI.) March 31, 2010
Clouse, Wayne Frederick (30 December 1941
- 24 March 2010) With Flag
Wayne Clouse, 68, of Neillsville died
Wednesday, March 24, 2010, at St. Joseph’s Hospital,
Wayne Frederick Clouse was born Dec. 30,
1941, in Loyal, the son of Elmer F. and Rita (Slieve) Clouse.
Wayne’s father was killed in WWII in May 1945. Rita
raised Wayne, his older sister, Dianna and his younger brothers,
Tom and Elmer, Jr. alone until she married Lawrence Domine.
He helped to educate the three boys in their lifelong love of the
Wayne was a vigilant sportsman. He
loved rifle, black Powder and bow hunting Wisconsin’s
whitetail deer. He was an expert tracker. Many hunters
from the Loyal and Neillsville area have sought his advice and
assistance through the years.
He was also an avid fisherman. Very few
fish could evade Wayne’s "force feeding" technique.
Wayne served his country by joining the
Navy in 1959 to 1962 and was involved in the "Bay of Pigs" incident
After his discharge he returned to the
Loyal area and learned his craft of auto body work and painting at
Domine Chevrolet in Loyal. His talent led car collectors to
seek him out whenever they wanted to win a car show. His
favorite cars to rebuild were ’55, ’56 and ’57
Chevys. Dallas Wuethrich has several of Wayne’s
"winners’ in his collection.
Wayne and Louella Raatz had two beautiful
daughters, Dawn (Johnson) of Greenwood and Renee Clouse of
Loyal. Both girls have been Miss Loyal Cornfest Queens, Dawn
in ’83 and Renee in ’85.
Wayne married Marlene Spangler in
1972. They farmed her family farm on Cty Trunk K until
Marlene’s death from breast cancer in 1986. After
the dispersal of the farm, Wayne moved to the Neillsville area on
Owen Avenue, where he built a lovely home and developed the
surrounding acreage to enhance and encourage his beloved deer
Wayne and "the love of his life," Brenda
Larson, have lived there together since 1995. They enjoyed
many of the same interests: gardening, hobby farming, raising dogs,
cats, goats and donkeys, and, oh yes, the chickens.
They also spent countless hours picking
berries and fruit, blackberries, elderberries, strawberries, etc.,
to make the wonderful homemade wine. Weiners wine is known
far and wide in the Clark and Jackson County vicinities.
Wayne’s health began to deteriorate
in 2001. Two stents for his heart, prostate cancer,
non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, severe bouts of shingles and finally
succumbing to lung cancer March 24, 2010.
Wayne is survived by his life-partner,
Brenda; his brothers, Tom and Elmer; his daughters, Dawn and Renee;
four grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; many nieces and
nephews, including Susan, Ray, Sherrie, Bobbie, Stacy, Tammy, Tari,
Lori and Michael; and countless friends.
A sister, Dianna, preceded Wayne in death
in January 2005.
A memorial service for Wayne will be held
at 1 p.m. Saturday, April 10, at his home at N1159 Owen Ave.,
Neillsville. Fellowship with Fr. Woodrow H. Pace with refreshments
will follow the pond-side memorial service.
Online condolences may be made at
The Gesche Funeral Home is assisting Wayne’s family with cremation arrangements.
I am so sorry to hear of my uncle Wayne's passing. Unfortunately,
because of my fathers' (Elmer F. Clouse), lack of fatherly-like
duties and lack of presence in our lives, we were sadly not
notified. We all would have loved to have been there for Wayne's
family, and to mourn our uncle, had we been notified.
Although my father had three daughters, I was the fortunate one to have been the closest to Uncle Wayne, finding him more like a father figure than an uncle. He was a very kind, loving, and hilarious person, of whom I will miss tremendously. I recall at the family get-togethers, he always made me smile. Elmer's youngest daughter Taylor, remembers going up to his farm on Owen Rd, and really enjoying being up there. Wayne meant a lot to her. Our other sister, Gina, the oldest, had not the opportunity to meet him, but I know she would pass on her condolences.
Just an update to the family, everyone is doing great, I (Christine), have three children, Tian 14, Goldie 10, and Nohaila 6. Taylor has one daughter, Karlene 2. Gina I believe has three children herself.
So, I would like to add our family to the last paragraph of his obituary to include his other nieces of whom was left out. Christine, Taylor, Gina, and several great nieces and nephews. Christine
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