ALLOUEZ—Donald E. Clusen, age 95, a longtime resident of Allouez, passed away on Dec. 5, 2017, from complications of age at Aurora Baycare Medical Center in Green Bay.
Don was born in Two Rivers, Wis., to Albert and Neida (Thompson) Clusen on June 14, 1922. He was a 1940 graduate of Washington High School, Two Rivers, and a 1944 graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Madison. On Aug. 11, 1945, he was joined in marriage to (Leah) Ruth Chickering of Waukesha, Wis., who preceded him in death on March 14, 2005. After their marriage, they worked together as teachers on the Blackfoot Indian Reservation, Browning, Mont., before returning to Wisconsin where Don began teaching at the Wisconsin State Reformatory in Green Bay. Don went on to hold several positions at what has become the Green Bay Correctional Institution, including Assistant Superintendant for both Treatment and Security, and then Warden, retiring in 1991, after 46 years of service. In 2009, he married the former Dorothy Johnson, who survives him. In the three years prior to his last illness, Don lived at Allouez Parkside Village, where Dorothy faithfully assisted in his care and comfort.
In addition to Ruth, he was preceded in death by his parents, his brother, John, and numerous cousins. He is survived by Dorothy and his daughters, Kathryn Clusen of South Milwaukee, Wis., and her daughters, Christine (Brandie) LeClair of Charlotte, N.C., and Jennifer (Garrett) Becker of South Milwaukee, Wis., and great-grandson, Chase; his daughter, Elizabeth (Jim) Joannes of Prescott, Ariz., and their sons, Capt. (U.S. Army) Michael Joannes (fiancée Aziza Zekiroski) of Alexandria, Va., and Christopher (Aubry) Joannes of St. Louis, Mo. He is further survived by nephews, Paul Cluse of Channahon, Ill., and Charles Clusen of Arlington, Va.
Gathering of family and friends will be held from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, 2017, at FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH, 501 Howe St., Green Bay. A Funeral Service will be held at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Dave Wilkinson officiating. Burial will take place at Evergreen Cemetery next to his wife, Ruth. In lieu of other expressions of sympathy, memorials may be directed to the Alzheimer’s Association, in c/o Southeast Wisconsin Chapter, P.O. Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011.
The family would like to offer a special thank-you to the staff of Allouez Parkside Village for the wonderful care and friendship shown to Don. Also, a warm note of appreciation to the staff of Aurora BayCare Medical Center for all of their care and compassion ~ your kindness will never be forgotten.