Clayton Clarence Haessig, 93, of Winona, died peaceably on Wednesday, September 11, 2013 at Sauer Health Care, Winona, Minn.
Clate was born August 7, 1920, in Plainview, Minn., to Clarence and Mary (Long) Haessig. On April 22, 1942, he married Mildred Herrmann at the parsonage of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Winona and she preceded him in death on February 27, 2006. The three-stripe Sergeant se-rved honorably in W.W. II in the U.S. Army Air Force for three years. His tour was in England, as a bomber and gun maintenance specialist.
He began to work at a service station at Fifth and South Baker for seven years. He became a doctor of motors and in 1952 he and Millie opened their own service station at Gilmore Avenue and Wilsie Street and named it Clate’s Mobil Service. Clato, as he was known, and family ran the station until 1996.
Clate and family enjoyed long rides in the country side. When he retired Millie and Clate would take off on a visit for a few days. He enjoyed helping his children around their houses and yards. He and Millie joined the “Owls” church group. They loved to play 500, a card game, with friends. They played once a month for over 50 years. He was a member of Neighbors Against Gangs (NAG), Gasoline Retailers Association, VFW, and the Winona Senior Center. He was a longtime member of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Winona.
He is survived by his children: Darlene Metzler, Winona; John (Margaret) Haessig, Faribault, Minn.; James (Julie) Haessig, Trempealeau, Wis.; and Gerald (Patricia) Haessig, Goodview, Minn.; seven grandchildren; many great and great-great grandchildren; three sisters: Iola Briske, Vivian Zarling and Verna (Don) Grover; and other relatives.
He was preceded in death by his parents, wife, Mildred, a brother, Maurice Haessig, and a sister, Doris Arneson.
Services to remember Clate will be 11:00 a.m., Saturday, September 14, 2013, at Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home, Winona with Rev. Paul F. Welke, pastor of St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Winona, officiating. Interment will be at Woodlawn Cemetery, Winona, Minn., with military burial rites provided by the VFW Neville-Lien Post 1287, Winona, Minn.
Visitation will begin at 10:00 Saturday at the funeral home.
Casket bearers will be his grandchildren: Melonie Marking, John Haessig Jr., Michael Metzler, Matthew Metzler, Kevin Haessig, Clayton M. Haessig and Jennifer Haessig.
“Thanks Dad for all the help with our lives.” ~ Darlene, John, Jim and Jerry. Rest now.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials to St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church, Sauer Health Care, or to the donor’s choice.
Words of sympathy or remembrance may be left at www.fawcett-junkerfuneralhome.com. Services entrusted to Fawcett-Junker Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Winona.