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Clayton LaVerne Arneson

October 30, 2020 | 2 comments

Clayton LaVerne Arneson, 94 of Blair, WI passed away on Monday October 26, 2020 at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center La Crosse, WI. He was born in Township of Franklin on September 30, 1926 to Ernest Benjamin and Georgia Matilda (Halverson) Arneson.

Clayton attended West Franklin School and graduated from Melrose High School. Following graduation he worked on the home farm. He then married Blanche Theresa Motszko in October 1950 in Independence, WI. Clayton and Blanche had two girls and later divorced.

Clayton married Agatha M. Jacobs nee Maule on May 3, 1975 in Galesville, WI. She preceded him in death in 2011.

Clayton enjoyed life on the road as a long haul truck driver owning his own rig hauling Case tractors out of Racine, WI. In his later years he continued to drive truck for Briggs Transportation La Crosse, WI and owned and operated Arneson Apple Orchard with his wife Agatha. After selling the apple orchard he truly enjoyed traveling extensively with the love of his life, Agatha, while living in Florida and Texas during the Wisconsin winter months. During his retirement years he would be found golfing, fishing or his passion of restoring old tractors.

Clayton is survived by his children, Beverly Crabtree of Huntsville, AL; Shirley Arneson (Glen) of Delafield, WI; stepchildren, Patricia (William) Clements of Plainview, TX; David (Joanne) Jacobs of Blair, WI; Jeffrey (Susan) Jacobs of Sauk City, WI; Daniel (Donna) Jacobs of Galesville, WI.

Clayton was preceded in death by his wife Agatha Arneson, stepson Gordon Jacobs, stepdaughter Kathy Rothering, parents Ernest and Georgia Arneson, two sisters Ilone Underheim, and Lucille Arneson, brother Donald Arneson,

son-in-law Jack Crabtree.

At Clayton’s request, there will be no funeral or memorial service. Instead, he asks that friends and loved ones visit the Pioneer Cemetery, Township of Franklin, where his ashes will be buried next to Agatha.



  1. Judy Maule Fagan

    I am so sorry for your loss. Clayton was such a nice man and so good to my aunt Agatha. Judy Maule Fagan

  2. Al Rothering

    Clay was such a great dad to my first wife (Kathy) and her siblings. He was an exemplory husband and father. He was an incredibly hard worker and morally upright man. A great example to his children and grandchildren. As a stepson invited into a great family, I was very blessed to know him as were many others. I fear he is among the last of a dying breed of great men. I will miss him deeply


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