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Clarence Herbert Koosman

Clarence Herbert Koosman, age 70, of Howard Lake, was called to his eternal rest while hospitalized at Abbott NW, Minneapolis Aug. 16, 2001.

Clarence was born July 5, 1931, in Stevens County near Morris.

He was the fourth child of seven children born to Herbert and Ella (Beier) Koosman.

The family moved to Wright County, Middleville Township in the Howard Lake area, where they joined Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

He was confirmed in 1945 by the Rev. Klausmeier at this church, and attended the church's grade school until the eighth grade.

Clarence worked various manual labor jobs and served in the Army from 1952 to 1953.

In 1956, he married Phyllis Uecker. To this union, four children were born.

For over 42 years, he drove truck and worked for several companies, Minnesota Rubber Co., New Brighton Arsenal Fuel, Cambridge, and Hoffman Engineering.

His hobbies included being outdoors, hunting and fishing.

Clarence was united in marriage to Mary Lou Smith in 1980. While living in Hayward, Wis., they were members of Trinity Lutheran Church, where Clarence was a member of the Lutheran Laymen's League and served on the evangelism committee.

Upon retiring, they moved to Howard Lake.

Clarence lived to the age of 70 years, three months, and 11 days.

Clarence was preceded in death by his parents, Herbert and Ella Koosman and two brothers, Ivan and Waldon.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Lou of Howard Lake; his children, Carla Ann (Craig) Nelson of Braham, Charry (William) Murczewski of St. Paul, Mark Koosman of Cambridge, and Timothy (Mary Ann) Koosman of Isanti; and three step-children, Kaylor Tieg of Duluth, Kellen Tieg of St. Croix Falls, Wis., and Katherine (Anthony) Giuffre of Boston, Mass.

He is further survived by three brothers, Rollin (Norma) of Howard Lake, Aaron of Buffalo, and Howard (Anne) of Sioux Falls, S.D.; one sister, Lorna Koosman of Howard Lake; one sister-in-law, Margery Koosman of Litchfield; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces, nephews, and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral services took place Aug. 21, 2001, at St. James Lutheran Church, Howard Lake, with the Rev. Martin Schoenfeld officiating.

The organist was Nancy Butterfass. Interment was at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery in Middleville Township.

Pallbearers were his grandson, Jimmy Koosman and nephews, Wayne Koosman, Steve Koosman, Mike Koosman, Jim Koosman, and Dean Koosman.

Arrangements were by the Swanson-Peterson Funeral Home of Howard Lake.

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