Pastor Marvin Clausen

by HelenB on September 10, 2011

Reverend Marvin W. Clausen  

January 23, 1935 – September 8, 2011

Reverend Marvin Walter Clausen of Lakeview Arkansas passed away
on September 8th, 2011. He was 76 years old.

Born to Martin and Anna
Clausen in East St. Louis, Illinois on January 23, 1935, Reverend Clausen spent
his early years in Red Bud, Illinois. After graduating from the Seminary at
Concordia St. Louis with a Masters of Divinity degree, he was ordained by the
Lutheran Church Missouri Synod in 1960. He was pastor of St. Marks Lutheran
Church in Garrison, Iowa from 1960-1965. He then served as Pastor in Wisconsin
from 1965-1976 at Emmanuel Lutheran Church in White Clay Lake, and Zion Lutheran
Church in Zachow. His last fulltime post was at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in
Dundee, Illinois where he served from 1976-1997.

In retirement Reverend Clausen served as the vacancy pastor at several Lutheran Congregations in
Arkansas. He also served intermittently as pastor and teacher at the Themba schools in Dirkesdorp, South Africa from 1999-2008.

Reverend Clausen is
survived by his wife, Mary of Lakeview, AR; 1 brother, Vernon and his wife
Eleanor of San Antonio, TX ; 1 daughter, Julia Herrera and her husband Edward of
San Antonio, TX; 3 sons, Matthew Clausen and his wife Anna of Mundelein, IL, Tom
Clausen and his wife Nga of Honolulu, HI, and Ted Clausen of Honolulu, HI; 9
grandchildren, Tristan Clausen, Talon Clausen, Shane Clausen, Alex Herrera,
Jessica Herrera, Molly Herrera, Stacie Nguyen, Sandy Nguyen, and Selena Nguyen,
and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services conducted by Reverend John Easterling will be held at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Mountain Home on Friday,
September 16, at 2:00 pm. Interment will follow in Mountain Home Cemetery.

Memorials should be sent to Themba Trust Scholarship fund in
South Africa :, or Lutheran World


It is with a heavy heart and great sadness that we report a much loved part-time Pastor was killed in a one car accident in Missouri this past week.

According to the paper Pastor Clausen was driving and his wife, Mary was a passenger when he lost control and the car flipped down a steep embankment.  Both Marvin and Mary were taken to St. Johns in Springfield, Mo where Marvin died and Mary sustained non-life threatening injuries.

Our heartfelt thoughts and prayers are with Mary at this terrible time.

Good bye dear friend. . .for now, for we will see you again.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephen and Susan Clausen September 11, 2011 at 2:21 pm

It is with heavy heart that we say goodbye to our beloved uncle, knowing that he is with the Lord in the resurrection.

Our continued prayers for Aunt Mary that the Lord touch her with His healing hands both physically and with the heartache she must feel at this time.

We also pray for his children and his brother at this time of sorrow.

Please contact us with information on funeral and memorial service details.


Angeline Carr-Lee September 11, 2011 at 7:16 pm

Our prayers to Mary and her wonderful family. God Bless them on this journey. Pastor, I will always love and miss you, when I was a young girl, you made me believe the Lord loved me, and I carry that with me always. God has a wonderful man at His side forevermore.

God’s Blessings,

Angeline (Carr) Lee


Delta Airlines Cargo Honolulu September 12, 2011 at 1:59 am

All of our Aloha goes out to the family of Pastor Clausen. A few of us just recently met him but from the stories we heard from his sons we know that he was a great man and will truly be missed. Our prayers go out to his wife for a speedy recovery. Aloha Pastor Clausen, God Bless.

Delta Airlines Cargo Honolulu


June Robertson September 12, 2011 at 2:40 pm

Dear Mary & Family,

We pray that God will rest his healing hands upon you and give you strength and courage during these difficult hours, and in the future. Pastor Clausen touched so many lives and he will be sorely missed by thousands of people! He left us all with wonderful memories, and I will always cherish them. May the love that he shared, and the hope and prayers that he gave to us all be your guiding light and strength always. May all the love that surrounds you bring you comfort and peace.

I’d like to share the following Psalm 23 with all of you, just like Pastor Clausen did with our family when my parents passed away.

Psalm 23
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; they rod and they staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever! Amen.

Our Deepest Sympathy
June & David Robertson & Family
Silver Springs, Florida


Dennis Carr September 12, 2011 at 3:56 pm

One of the few that I can say was my friend! My saddness will leave, but my memory of him will stay, making me stronger until I can meet him again.. With Love for Mary and all that knew him, I miss the talks we had and can’t wait to visit again with him.

God Bless All that visit this place and leave comments.


Gary and Kathy Lichthardt September 12, 2011 at 4:33 pm

Our family was shocked and saddened to hear about the tragic accident Pastor Marv and Mary were involved. Once again we are reminded as Christians how short and precious our lives can be. While we mourn the loss of our dear friend and brother, we take comfort in knowing that his savior Jesus, was on the other side waiting to receive him into the kingdom of God. The Clausens have been long-time friends to us in service to to the Lord and in fellowship at Bethlehem Lutheran West Dundee, Illinois. Our prayers are raised and our hearts are lifted in celebration for the life of Pastor Clausen. May God bless protect, and heal Mary and the family during this time. May Jesus put his arms around all of you and keep you close.
peace, hope and strength in the Lord!


Mary and Karl Schroeder September 13, 2011 at 12:44 am

We were so saddened to hear of the tragedy that took the life of Pastor Clausen. We remember, with great fondness, his time here at Bethlehem in Dundee,Il. Our prayers are for Mary’s speedy recovery from her injuries and for her and her family a peace that passes all understanding. ” HE IS RISEN-HE IS RISEN INDEED “


jackie westerfeld September 15, 2011 at 8:18 pm

Dear Mary and family;
When news of sadness reaches us we are awakened to the fact our time on God’s earth is short, so blessed be the Lord that lifts us to HIM. May HE comfort you, Mary, and your family.
I remember the good memories from zion and White Clay Lake churches.


The August Heller Jr Family September 17, 2011 at 3:26 am

We have many great memories of Paster and Mary at Immanuel Lutheran Ev. Church at White Clay Lake, Wi. Paster was serving the church and instructing confirmation classes in the one room school. Mary we know l God will get you back to health during this difficult time. Just imagine the reunion in heaven when you will meet again. Augie and Mary always looked forward to your visits. We are humbled and amazed when you were missionaires spreading God’s word to the Themba people.
You and your family are in our prayers Mary
“Well done thou good and faithful servant” Matt 25:21


Char and Jerome Warzecha December 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

It is with great sadness that I finally got online to attempt to find Ted and read of Marvin’s passing. Sending our prayers to the family.


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