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Arthur C. Clarkson

July 26, 2010
Arthur C. Clarkson
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Arthur C. Clarkson, formerly of East Dubuque, IL, passed away Monday, July 26, 2010 at the age of 87 at the United Pioneer Home in Luck, WI. Art was born on February 15, 1923 to Cortland and Esther Clarkson in Pawling, NY. He and his wife, Helen, who passed away this past March, were married for nearly 67 years. They resided most of their lives in East Dubuque where they raised four daughters.

Art was in the insurance business when he wasn’t fishing or teaching a youngster how to water ski. His loves were his wife, his daughters and his family of son-in-laws and grandchildren. Family meant everything to him … so much that he named his first boat the ‘Family Affair’. Fishing, boats, cars and college basketball were also high on his list, but it had to be live bait and fast boats. He also played a mean hand of pinochle.

He will always be remembered as a man who would do anything for you and ask nothing in return. He was an Army veteran, serving in World War II overseas and up to the day of his passing he could, and would, sing ‘God Bless America’ in a strong voice that attested to his beliefs, which were family and country.

Art and his family established long ties to the Balsam Lake, WI community when they began vacationing at Ward’s Resort in the 1950s. These annual vacations became the center of the family’s recreational life, and blossomed into a multi-generational tradition. Ward’s resort has become a second home to not only Art and Helen’s children but also to their grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Much of the family’s spiritual connection with Balsam Lake traces back to Art’s love for the place and his love for family, fishing, and boating.

Art is survived by his four daughters, Sandra (Ronald) LaMour, Stephanie (Ronald) Ward, Ardia (Roy) Neves, and Kimberly (John) Bonifas; 10 grandchildren, Steven LaMour, Jeffrey (Chris) LaMour, Kyle (Dawn) Ward, Kimberly Ward, Krista (Louis) Karnezis, Peter (Michelle) Ward, John (Gina) Gisel, Jason (Stacy) Gisel, Christopher (Jessica) Bonifas, and Nicole Bonifas; and 18 great grandchildren.

Grandpa Art will be greatly missed but his memory will always be with his family.

Memorial services for Art will be held at the Rowe Funeral Home in Luck, WI on Monday, August 2 at 11:00 am. Time for visiting with the family will begin at 10:00 a.m. and continue up until the time of service. Rev. Norman Belland will be officiating and music will be provided by organist, Margie Nelson.

Online condolences may be left at

Rowe Funeral Home of Luck and the Northwest Wisconsin Cremation Center in Milltown have been entrusted with funeral arrangements (715) 472-2444.
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