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Clement Fall

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Posted: Tuesday, November 28, 2017 9:07 pm

Clement Fall, 87, Clayton, Wis., was called to eternal rest peacefully at his home Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017, after a brief battle with leukemia.

Clem was born at Vance Creek on April 3, 1930, to Elias and Aniela (Gocek) Fall and was a lifelong resident of Clayton, graduating from Clayton High School in 1948.

He met his future wife, MaryAnn Krecker of Turtle Lake, while roller-skating at Avalon (Upper Turtle Lake), and they were married on May 12, 1951. They were married for 62 years, until her passing in September, 2013.

Clem was a lifelong member of the Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, where he held various council positions and sang tenor in the choir for his entire adult life.

He also served the community with several terms on the Clayton School Board, the AMPI Board and the Barron County ASCS Committee.

After high school, Clem worked as a hired hand for three years on the farm he would eventually purchase, before buying his first small herd and renting two different farms near Twin Town and Arland. He milked cows and worked construction for three years, wheeling hundreds of yards of concrete, before moving to the home farm, which he rented for three more years before purchasing it in 1959. He milked cows for over 45 years before selling his herd in September, 1997.

He always took on the toughest part of a job and instilled a work ethic in his children that will last a lifetime. After retirement, he cash cropped and raised a small herd of beef cattle for the next 20 years. He had a group of loyal customers and friends who purchased baled hay and homegrown beef.

Clem was fiercely proud that his five children were all UW-Eau Claire college graduates and took great joy in the academic, athletic and professional accomplishments of his children and grandchildren. He and MaryAnn were fixtures at Clayton athletic events for many years.

He was also an avid and intense card player. He played thousands of card games with MaryAnn and many neighbors, later with his group of birthday friends, and with family. No family gathering or holiday was safe from a card game breaking out in the basement, back corner or garage.

Clem is survived by and will be greatly missed by sons David (Pamela) of Clayton, Douglas (Judith) of Clear Lake, James (Kimberly) of Pine Island, Minn., and Kevin (Tracey) of Clayton; a daughter Lori Pickard of Amery; grandchildren Elizabeth (Robert) Harrop, Jennifer (Chad) Herman, Marissa (Chris) Theorin and Ashley (Josh) Balts, Stephanie, Amanda and Denise Fall, Derek and Nicole Fall, and Samantha, Mackinzie and Kiana Fall; eight great-grandchildren; a sister Sophie Dennis of Clayton; and a brother Eugene (RoyAnn) of Amery.

He was preceded in death by his wife.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Dec. 1, from Holy Trinity Russian Orthodox Church, Clayton, with interment at Holy Trinity Orthodox Cemetery.

Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Thursday from Williamson-White Funeral Home. Amery, and an hour prior to services at the church. There will also be a prayer service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.

To sign an online guestbook and view a video tribute, visit williamsonwhite.com

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