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Clay Haunschild 04/15/2021

Clay Haunschild 04/15/2021

Clay E. Haunschild

Our beautiful Son was welcomed into Jesus’ arms at the age of 52. He was born to Dale and Luann Haunschild on March 5, 1969 in St Paul, MN. He is survived by his parents and younger sister Lesley (Tim) Sans of Madison, WI and his cherished Godchildren Owen, Benny, and Mya, many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceded in death by both sets of grandparents and three uncles. He was a graduate of Hudson High School and UW River Falls.

Everyone sensed and felt Clay’s gentleness, kindness, honesty, conscientiousness, dedication, and determination to excel at whatever he tried. He was a beautiful soul who loved everything in nature, including a heart for all animals, visiting Yellowstone, and hiking the North Shore or the prairies of the Kinnikinic and Willow State Parks in Wisconsin. Clay excelled at skiing and loved visiting the resorts of Vail and Aspen with his Dad.

Clay’s greatest passion was flyfishing the pristine trout streams of Montana and Wyoming and the local streams close to home. He relished the challenges of outfoxing the trophy rainbow or brown.

Clay’s love of nature was surpassed by his love of family. He loved us greatly and we loved him right back. He enriched our lives and made our family complete. We miss him dearly and look forward to the day we can all be together in Heaven.

Clay’s memorial service as held at Bakken-Young Funeral Home (728 S Knowles Ave) in New Richmond, Wi. on May 2. 2021, with a visitation starting at 1:00 PM and a service to follow at 2:00 PM.

Clay loved this quote by Norman Maclean.

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.” 


  • George/Char Skoviera Posted April 16, 2021 11:05 pm

    Our Hearts are breaking over the loss of Clay…..thinking of Clay over the years from little boy to present….a great loss….

  • Matt Skoviera Posted April 17, 2021 12:22 am

    I have lots of great memories with this guy from my youth from our BWCA trip, school dances where he he would put on a show and many church events throughout our childhood. Some people leave permanent tracks in our lives and Clay has left them in mine. See you on the other side, buddy!

  • Deb and Zane Bollom Posted April 17, 2021 8:00 pm

    That smile will be missed by many.
    Our condolences.

  • Tracy Dierks Boesel Posted April 17, 2021 8:08 pm

    So many memories with Clay from church and school growing up. Always had that flashy smile on his face and was kind to everyone. The guy who dressed classy and you knew if there was a crowd clapping in a dance circle at a school dance, Clay was in the middle of it. I’m so sorry Haunschild family for your loss. He was one of a kind.

  • Jim Hermansen Posted April 17, 2021 8:49 pm

    Lot of great memories playing soccer with Clay. He was the best goalie I ever had the pleasure of sharing the field with. We will kick it around again sometime on the other side. RIP my friend.

  • Lisa Helgeson Posted April 18, 2021 8:40 am

    I’m sorry for your loss. Clay was a gentle soul.

  • Joyce and Dave Wenck Posted April 18, 2021 10:32 am

    So sorry to hear of your loss. Cherish those wonderful memories and that wonderful smile.

  • Robert Dennis Neubarth Posted April 18, 2021 8:22 pm

    I was sad to here of Clays passing he was a good friend all through school and playing soccer together my condolences to the family!

  • Nick Willcoxen Posted April 19, 2021 8:28 am

    Clay was a great role model for his 3M family. He had a drive to excel and always did so with a smile! He will be greatly missed but never forgotten!

  • John Russell Posted April 19, 2021 8:50 am

    Clay was an excellent addition to our division here at 3M, he was helpful and courteous to everyone who came into contact with him! He will be deeply missed by everyone, never forgotten always remembered!

  • Kristen (Stoehr) Novak Posted April 19, 2021 10:29 am

    Oh my word. I’m so saddened to hear about Clay’s passing. Hearing of this I automatically recall of Clay’s sharp dressing and “dancing” at high school events. Praying for piece and comfort to all of you.

  • Jenna Bollenbeck Posted April 19, 2021 11:12 am

    Clay was an AMAZING co-worker to have here at 3M. Not only was he a great resource for work related questions, but we talked about travel destinations a lot as well. My deepest condolences to his family. He was so kind to everyone he came across and will be greatly missed.

  • Joey Frederick Posted April 19, 2021 11:16 am

    Dale, your old TCM/TSD colleagues are so saddened by the loss you and your family have suffered. Our prayers for peace, comfort, and good memories are with you and your family.

  • Laurie Kenall Posted April 19, 2021 11:25 am

    So sorry to hear. Many Prayers for your Family

  • Mike and Shelly Weyers Posted April 19, 2021 1:41 pm

    So sorry for the loss of Clay, gone too soon. Please know Trinity’s prayer chain is lifting you up to our Lord, for His comfort, love, and peace that passes understanding.

  • Neal and Karen Johnson Posted April 20, 2021 1:54 pm

    Dale ,Luann and family. We are so very sorry to hear about the death of Clay. What a great , kind and friendly guy he was! Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Cherish the many great memories you have.

  • John & Gaylene Wendle Posted April 21, 2021 11:39 am

    Dale and Luann: We are so very sad to hear of your loss. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Jeremy Dusterhoft Posted April 21, 2021 3:48 pm

    Clay was a very outgoing, friendly, kind and caring soul that always went above and beyond to help anybody out. Words cannot begin to express how deeply he will be missed around the office at work. Godspeed my friend and I will see you in the end

  • Tom and Ruth Severson Posted April 21, 2021 6:38 pm

    Tom and I send our deepest sympathies to you and your families. So very very sorry for your loss. Prayers for comfort and peace.

  • Margie, Wally Spaeth Posted April 22, 2021 11:06 am

    Oh, Luann, Dale and loved ones, our family aches for the sorrow you are in with the loss of your son Clay! Hang on to your anchor, Jesus, knowing that Clay’s spirit is in His very presence and that you will see him again, thanks to Jesus’ resurrection. Prayers continue for your comfort.

  • Andrea Bourdeau Posted April 22, 2021 5:42 pm

    I am o saddened o hear of Clay’s passing. We attended HHS together. We all have fond memories of him being a very well dressed man and awesome dancer. He left this world too soon and I am so sorry for your loss.

  • Todd Stocker Posted April 22, 2021 6:58 pm

    My heart broke, hearing the news. What a precious thoughtful man. Peace to all.

  • Dan and Nancy Gavin Posted April 24, 2021 11:13 am

    It is with great sadness that we mourn the loss of your dear son, Clay. We both have fond memories of Clay as a student who strove to be successful. He will be missed by many. Wishing you peace and comfort.

  • Kathy and Duane Williams Posted April 25, 2021 12:41 pm

    We remember an adorable, little red-headed boy and his family. We were your upstairs neighbors in the Ward Avenue apartment. We are so sad to hear of his passing.
    We pray that your family and friends will be comforted by
    your faith. May God bless you all.

  • Jim Imbertson Posted April 25, 2021 8:12 pm

    Dale and Luann, so very sorry for the loss of Clay, gone far to soon.

  • Terry & Lz Miller Posted April 25, 2021 9:46 pm

    Our most sincere condolences, Dale and Luann & Family on Clay’s passing. He “skipped the line” far before his time. May his memories bring you comfort until you rejoin Clay in Heaven.

  • Neil Hodson Posted April 26, 2021 3:38 pm

    Dale and Luann – Sue and I send our deepest sympathy to you and your families on your loss. He was way too young. Peace and comfort.

  • Kathryn Fletcher Posted April 27, 2021 3:21 pm

    I worked with Clay at 3M for a couple of years, and he was always greeting me with a friendly smile every morning and anytime I would pass him in the hall. He was incredibly hard working and always went the extra mile to help his colleagues and business partners. I’m so sad to hear of his passing, and I’m so sorry for your family’s loss. He will be missed by many and I’m consider myself lucky to have worked with him.

  • Dennis Neuenfeldt Posted April 30, 2021 10:36 pm

    Clay had an incredible ability to listen very intently to what you were saying to him and connect very sensitively to the feelings you expressed. I am not surprised that so many people loved and respected him and will mourn his loss.

  • Bob and Diane Posted May 2, 2021 9:35 am

    Dear Haunschild Families, We know the Lord is with all of you today as we celebrate Clay’s amazing life. It is with mixed emotions of now missing a valuable member of the family, and also the blessed assurance that our Lord will take care of Clay and us through all eternity.

  • Sean Hanner Posted May 2, 2021 2:05 pm

    I”m a maintenance worker for the apartment building where Clay lived. I would see him almost daily, either coming or going on one of his walks. He was always quick with a smile, and obviously a kind & gentle soul. I will truly miss him, I offer my most heartfelt condolences on your loss. May perpetual light shine upon Clay.

  • Deb Maroushek Posted May 2, 2021 4:00 pm

    I am remembering the sun dog we marveled at one morning shining through the windows at work. Clay was such a warm, caring man. Often a calming spirit in some very hectic days. He will be missed by all of us who were privileged to know and work along side him.

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