Larry “Hippie” Lee Claussen, 75, of Johnson Lake passed away on Monday, Feb. 12, 2018 at the Plum Creek Health Care Community in Lexington.

Larry Claussen

Larry was born Oct. 12, 1942 in Buckingham, Iowa to Merle & LaWayna (Wrage) Claussen. He attended school in Dinsdale, Iowa, and graduated in 1961.

In 1974 he was united in marriage to Connie Newton. Two children were blessed to this marriage, April and Brandon “Butch.”

Larry had been living at Johnson Lake since 1975, and then resided in Lexington from 2017, until his death, due to health complications.

Larry was a truck driver most of his life; driving for Lange, TFS, Paulsen’s, Justa Trucking, Sellin Trucking, and Nebraska Salt and Grain Trucking Companies. He also worked for Bellamy Farms feeding cattle.

For numerous years Larry and his daughter had a lawn mowing business at Johnson Lake.

Larry was an avid reader of Louis Lamour and loved watching sports of any kind. He had a distinct whistle and loved talking like Donald Duck. He enjoyed fishing, music, watching westerns and being a part of the Johnson Lake community.

Survivors include his daughter, April Claussen of North Platte; grandchildren, Tristan (Miles) Creel of Bellevue and Jarek Gjesdal of North Platte; sister, Linda (Larry) Burrage of Independence, Iowa; and other family.

Larry was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, Marcus and Isabelle Claussen and John and Freda Wrage; brother, Kenneth Claussen; sister, Beverly Ladd; son, Brandon “Butch’ Claussen; and grandsons, Colin and Riley Claussen.

It was Larry’s wishes to be cremated and a memorial service will be held at a later date. Inurnment will be in the Hope Lutheran Cemetery east of Smithfield. Reynolds-Love Funeral Home in Lexington is assisting the family with arrangements.

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