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Clayton Arvid Moe

February 6, 2018 | 8 comments

Clayton Arvid Moe, 76, of Onalaska, formerly of Holmen, passed away peacefully at home, on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Clayton was born Feb. 10, 1941, to Clarence and Eleanor (Casberg) Moe in La Crosse. He grew up in Holmen, graduating in 1959 from Holmen High School. He was drafted by the United States Army into D Company, 864th Engineering Battalion and served in Texas and Vietnam from 1963-65. He was united in marriage to Joanne Timm on May 20, 1967, and recently celebrated 50 years of marriage.

Clayton was first employed by his brother Art’s construction company and later as a carpenter by many local union construction companies in La Crosse. He was most recently with Market & Johnson until his retirement in 2004. He was a member of the Local Carpenter’s 1143 Union for 50 years.

Clayton enjoyed auctions, casino trips, playing cards, country music events, his granddog Bailey, and especially woodworking. He was a very talented carpenter, building three homes of his own. He was involved with his daughter Mary’s kitchen remodel and his daughter Teri’s new home being built this past fall.

Above all, Clayton’s greatest joy was spending time with his family; he always put them first. He adored his three granddaughters and made many special memories together with them.

Clayton is survived by his wife Joanne; his daughters: Theresa “Teri” (Brian) Sanders of Holmen and Mary (Matt) Bakken of Highlands Ranch, CO; his three special granddaughters: Alaina, Jade, and Korinne Bakken of Highlands Ranch, CO; brothers Burton Moe of Kirkland, WA and Hjal Jonsen of Palm Springs, CA; sisters Gloria Cassel of Onalaska, Joyce Urban of Rockland, and Mollie (Doug) Haskell of La Crosse; sisters-in-law Vernetta Moe, Barb Moe, Mary (Jim) Larson; and many special nieces and nephews, extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Arthur (Leatrice), Homer and Aldin Moe; sister-in-law Jan Moe; brothers-in-law Donald Cassel, Verlan Urban, and John Timm; and in-laws Rex and Muriel Timm.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, Feb. 8 from 4-7 p.m. at the Coulee Region Cremation Group & Funeral Home, 133 Mason St., Onalaska, and one hour prior to the church service on Friday. A Celebration of Life service will be held on Friday, Feb. 9 at 11 a.m. at Holmen Lutheran Church, 228 Morris St., Holmen. Pastor Allison Cobb will officiate. Military honors will be held immediately following the church service. A private interment will be held at the Farmington Cemetery in Mindoro at a later date. Online condolences can be shared with the family at In lieu of flowers, memorials are preferred.

The family would like to thank the staff at Gundersen Health System and Gundersen Hospice in La Crosse for all the loving care that Clayton received.

Clayton was a loving husband, wonderful father, and grandfather, who will be missed dearly.



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  1. Mike & Marji Halberg

    We always treasured our friends on Freier Rd. We were a small group but I think an important part in our children’s and our lives as our families grew up. We send a “Hi” to Joanne, Teri and Mary. I know you have lots of memories from Freier Rd and other places with Clayton. He will never be far away from you.

    • Nicole Green

      Mary and family, I am so sorry for your loss. He was such a sweet man and Mary loved him dearly. It’s always hard when we lose our daddy, but he is now closer to you than he has ever been. He is the wind on your face, the sunlight that warms your heart and the memories that leave a smile on your face. Love you Mar.

  2. Helen Boucher

    Dearest Family, thinking of you.

  3. Wayne and Kathy Bakken

    Our love and sympathy are will all of you at this time…Clayton was a sweet, caring guy and we will miss him too. Hugs to all.

  4. Eric Thomas

    Joanne, my prayers are with you and your family at this time. I want to thank both you & Clayton for always being so good to your absentee neighbor.

  5. Carmen Welscher

    So sorry to read of Clayton’s passing. I’ve always enjoyed seeing you and visiting with you and your family. Positive thoughts and cherished memories.

  6. Beth Otley

    Mary & Family,
    Please accept our sincere condolences for your loss. We are sending warm hugs to you from California.
    Beth Otley & Family

  7. Faith J Camp

    Joanne and family – so sorry to hear about Clayton but know that you had a wonderful long life together with many memories to hang on to at this time. I was always so happy to be your neighbor and knew that if I needed help with something you or Clayton were there and just had fun coming over to chat. Great neighbors. God’s comfort and peace to you and yours.

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