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Wayne Clouse

December 30, 1941 — March 24, 2010

Wayne Clouse, age 68, of Neillsville, WI died Wednesday, March 24, 2010 at St. Josephs Hospital in Marshfield, WI.Wayne Frederick Clouse was born on December 30, 1941 in Loyal, WI the son of Elmer F. and Rita (Slieve) Clouse. Waynes father was killed in WWII in May 1945. Rita raised Wayne, his older sister, Dianna and his younger brothers, Tom and Elmer Jr., alone until she married Lawrence Domine. He helped to educate the three boys in their life-long love of the outdoors.Wayne was a vigilante sportsman. He loved rifle, black powder and bow-hunting Wisconsins whitetail deer. He was an expert tracker. Many hunters from the Loyal and Neillsville area have sought his advice and assistance through the years.He was also an avid fisherman. Very few fish could evade Waynes force feeding technique.Wayne served his country by joining the Navy in 1959 to 1962, and was involved in the Bay of Pigs incident near Cuba.After discharge he returned to the Loyal area and learned his craft of auto body work and painting at Domine Chevrolet in Loyal. His talent led car collectors to seek him out whenever they wanted to win a car show. His favorite cars to rebuild were 55, 56 and 57 Chevys. Dallas Wuethrich has several of Waynes winners in his collection.Wayne and Louella Raatz had two beautiful daughters, Dawn (Johnson) of Greenwood and Renee Clouse of Loyal. Both girls have been Miss Loyal Cornfest Queens. Dawn in 83 and Renee in 85.Wayne married Marlene Spangler in 1972. They farmed her family farm on Cty trunk K until Marlenes death from breast cancer in 1986. After the dispersal of the farm, Wayne moved to the Neillsville area on Owen Ave., where he built a lovely home and developed the surrounding acreage to enhance and encourage his beloved deer herd.Wayne and the love of his life Brenda Larson have lived there together since 1995. They enjoyed many of the same interests: gardening, hobby farming, raising dogs, cats, goats and donkeys. And, oh, yes the chickens.They also have spent countless hours picking berries and fruit, blackberries, elderberries, strawberries, etc. to make the wonderful homemade wine. Weiners wine is known far and wide in the Clark and Jackson County vicinities.Waynes health began to deteriorate in 2001. Two stents for his heart, prostrate cancer, non-Hodgkins lymphoma, severe bouts of shingles and finally succumbed to lung cancer on March 24, 2010.A Memorial Service for Wayne will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 10, 2010 at is home at N1159 Owen Ave., Neillsville, WI. Fellowship with Fr. Woodrow H. Pace with refreshments following the pond-side memorial service.Wayne is survived by his life-partner Brenda, his brothers, Tom and Elmer, his daughters, Dawn and Renee, four grandchildren, one great-granddaughter, many nieces and nephews, including Susan, Ray, Sherrie, Bobbie, Stacy, Tammy, Tari, Lori and Michael, and countless friends.A sister Dianna preceded Wayne in death in January 2005.
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