Brookings, South Dakota
May 2, 2020
Gary Lee Clasen, 70, of Brookings, South Dakota, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2020, in Sioux Falls after a battle with cancer.
Private family Mass of Christian Burial was Friday, May 8, at St. Thomas More Catholic Parish in Brookings with interment in Pioneer Lutheran Cemetery, rural White, South Dakota.
Gary was born Jan. 7, 1950, in Rock Rapids, Iowa, to Vernon and Colleen (Munns) Clasen. He grew up near Rock Rapids and graduated from Central Lyon High School. He attended UNI and graduated with a degree in accounting. After college, he moved to Brookings.
On May 26, 1979, he married Lynette Madsen. He worked as a finish blade operator several years and later for Ramsdell’s F & M until his retirement.
Survivors include his wife; three children, Amanda of Madison, South Dakota, Alyssa of Apple Valley, Minnesota, and Garret (Abby) of Sioux Falls; one granddaughter; seven siblings, Larry (Shar) Clasen and LaDonna Clasen, Harlan (Vicki) Clasen, all of Rock Rapids, Char (Larry) Hulsebus of Ames, Iowa, Dean (Linda) Clasen of Humboldt, Iowa, Sharon (Gerry) Frisbie of Sioux Falls and Marsha Van Hill (Kurt Halfmann) of Sioux Falls; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by parents; infant sister, Charlotte; sister-in-law, Barb Clasen, and a brother-in-law, Norm Van Hill.