Roger Dale Claus was born on November 4, 1930, in Ocheyedan, Iowa. He was the son of Henry and Martha (Dass) Claus. He lived his youth in rural Ocheyedan where he attended a country school. He attended Ocheyedan Community High School. Roger was baptized and confirmed at Zion Lutheran Church, Horton Township, Ocheyedan. He served in the U. S. Army where he attained the rank of Corporal and was honorably discharged.
He was united in marriage to Marlys Meier of Fulda, Minnesota, on January 23, 1955, at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Fulda, Minnesota. They lived and farmed north of Ocheyedan. In 1992, they retired and moved to town.
He is a former member of Zion Lutheran Church, Horton Township, Ocheyedan, where he held various offices. He was presently a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church, Ocheyedan. Roger was a 50-year member of the American Legion. He was a former board member of the Osceola County Extension Services.
Roger loved to be around his family and attend his grandchildrenís functions, sports events, and camping together. He also enjoyed gardening.
Roger passed away on Saturday, June 24, 2006, in Janesville, Minnesota, while camping with his family.
Those left to cherish his memories are his wife: Marlys Claus of Ocheyedan, IA; his children: Doug Claus of Ocheyedan, IA, JoAnn and Rich Crandall of Lakeville, MN, Dennis and Kelley Claus of Ocheyedan, IA; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren: Emily and Bruce Van Beek and their children: Torii Van Beek and Reagen Van Beek; Martha and Josh DeWeerd and their children: Karenna DeWeerd, Erica DeWeerd, and Michael DeWeerd; Grace Claus and fiancÈ Josh and child: Isabelle Claus; Guthrie Claus and fiancee Ann Van Westen and child: Hadley Dake; Evan Claus, Audrey Claus, Trent Claus, Danielle Claus, Megan Crandall; two sisters: LeOra and Darrell Wells of Lake Park, IA, Irene and Bruce Street of Brooklyn Park, MN.
He was preceded in death by his daughter: Joycelyn; and his parents.
The two white roses in the casket spray represent Joycelyn and Roger.
Funeral services were held on Wednesday, June 28, 2006, at 11:00 A.M. at St. Peter Lutheran Church, Ocheyedan, Iowa with Rev. Russell Anderson officiating. The organist was Karen Glade. Casket beatrers were: Trent Claus, Guthrie Claus, Evan Claus, Josh DeWeerd, Josh Bisch and Bruce Van Beek. Interment at Ocheyedan Township Cemetery, Ocheyedan, Iowa. Military honors by Wood-Miller American Legion Post # 326. Arrangements by Andringa Funeral Home, Larry R. Andringa, Director. Online expressions of sympathy can be sent to www.andringafuneralhome.com