Charles C. “Chuck” Clausen 68 of Assumption, IL passed away Friday May 25, 2012 in his home after a short battle with cancer.

Charles was born October 15, 1943 in Shelbyville, IL, the son of Robert and Oka Sands Clausen.He grew up in Shelbyville with his father Robert and stepmother Viola Chapman Clausen.

He graduated from Shelbyville High School in the Class of 1962 and then went on to Southern Illinois University in Carbondale where he graduated in 1967 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Vocational Agriculture.

Charles taught agriculture and was FFA advisor at Herrick High School, Assumption High School and Central A & M High School. He coached many winning FFA judging teams during his twenty-eight year teach-in career.After taking early retirement from teaching, he went to work as a loan officer for the First National Bank of Pana for eight years.

Charles enjoyed fishing, antiquing with his wife, working in the yard and garden and most of all, being Papa to his four grandchildren.

He married his high school sweetheart Karen Russell on June 12, 1964 in Shelbyville and she survives.Also surviving are his son Chris Clausen and fiancée` Terry Specht of Belleville IL; daughter Lori Guebert and husband Craig of Moweaqua, IL; grandchildren: Kyler and Drew Guebert and Carlie andColton Clausen; brothers: Wayne Chapman and wife Karen of Albemarle, NC, Larry Clausen and wife Sally of Muscatine, IA; step-father Joseph Kempe of Shelbyville; mother-in-law Betty Russell of Shelbyville; brother-in-law John Russell and wife Donna of Shelbyville; aunt Betty Clausen of Ozark, MO and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law Nelson Russell and brother Don Chapman.

Funeral services to celebrate Chuck’s life will be held at 10:00 AM Monday May 28th 2012 at Lockart-Green Funeral Home in Shelbyville with Dr. James Magnuson officiating.Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM Sunday May 27th, and one hour before the service on Monday.Burial will be in Glenwood Cemetery, Shelbyville.Memorials may be made to the Illinois FFA Foundation or Quad County Hospice Care.

On line condolences may be directed to the family at www.lockartgreenfuneralhome.com

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