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Clarence Zuern

December 31, 1931 ~ September 2, 2018 (age 86)

Clarence Zuern, 86, Hazen, passed away peacefully on September 2, 2018 at Sakakawea Medical Center under the care of Hospice. Services will be held at 2:00 pm CDT on Wednesday, September 5, 2018 at Peace Lutheran Church, Hazen, ND, with Pastor Walt Wolff officiating. Burial will immediately follow at Hazen City Cemetery, Hazen.

Visitation will be from 5:00-7:00 PM CDT on Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at Barbot Funeral Home, Hazen.

Clarence was born on the home place north of Hazen on December 31, 1931 to John F. and Lydia (Schnaidt) Zuern. He was baptized and confirmed at the Congregational Church. Clarence was raised and educated north of Hazen.

On April 29, 1960, Clarence married Phyllis Miller at Concordia Lutheran Church in Beulah. Together they farmed north of Hazen until May 2006. Clarence’s two passions were farming and music. Starting at age 11 he taught himself to play the accordion, piano and banjo. His first gig was at age 14 playing for a wedding dance. Over the next 50 years his love of music touched many lives. He passed his love of music on to his sister and his son. A special thank you to all the band members that played with Clarence over the 50 years.

Clarence is survived by his wife of 58 years, Phyllis; daughter and son in law, Annette and Tim Schroeder of Dickinson; son and daughter in law, Brad and Stacy Zuern of Hazen; one sister, Judy Willman of Bismarck, ND; five grandchildren, Kyle and Rachel Schroeder, Alexus, Jayce and Braeden Zuern; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one son, Michael; and a long time guitar player Morris Kruckenberg.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to Sakakawea Hospice, Hazen.

Arrangements conducted by Barbot Funeral Home, Beulah and Hazen.

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