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Clarence H. L. Moske, age 86, of Parkers Prairie died on Tuesday, December 1, 2020, at St. William’s Living Center in Parkers Prairie.
A private family funeral service will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, December 5, 2020, at First Evangelical Lutheran Church in Parkers Prairie with Pastor Rachel Stout officiating. Music is provided by organist, Pam Wenzel. Clarence’s funeral will be live streamed at www.lindfamilyfh.com/obituary/Clarence-Moske and broadcast live on 107.3 FM Radio to cars parked in the church parking lot. Interment is at the Parkers Prairie Cemetery.
A public visitation will take place one hour prior to the service. Please honor all COVID-19 health mandates, including social distancing and wearing of facial coverings.
Clarence Henry Lee was born on October 18, 1934, to Frederick and Mabel (Lehmkuhl) Moske in Parkers Prairie. His early years were spent between Parkers Prairie and Deer Creek where he and his seven siblings worked on the family farm. Although it was hard work, he often spoke fondly of the time he spent working large draft horses in their fields.
When Clarence turned 18, he left the family farm and moved to the Twin Cities. He worked for many years as a carpenter, a pile driver, and a homebuilder. He worked on many of the bridges and buildings in Saint Paul and Minneapolis and built homes for decades throughout the Twin Cities. He worked hard, took pride in his work, and was also always willing to use his construction skills to help anyone that asked. He truly had a servant’s heart.
Clarence loved to dance, especially to old time polka music and he was quite good at it. He told tales of dance halls like the Old Clarissa Ball Room. Clarence was also a great coach. He coached youth teams in many capacities throughout the years while his children were playing and beyond and never lost his love for youth athletics. For many years following his retirement in 1997 and return to Parkers Prairie, he never missed a softball, football, baseball, or volleyball game. He loved to cheer on the Panthers.
Throughout his life Clarence was also an avid hunter and fisherman. He was referred to as “Uncle” by many in the family and Uncle never missed an opportunity to get out to the blind or the boat. He had numerous fish stories and stories of the hunt and he told them like no other. More than anything, he loved his family and he loved to make people smile. Clarence did an amazing job of making sure that those he loved knew just how much he cared about them. He never passed up an opportunity for a great big hug and he was not afraid to tell you he loved you.
He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Debra; brother, Albert Moske; and sisters, Arlene Hemquist, Sylvia Stocker, Huldena Bonner, Donna Tervola, and Ida Berg.
Clarence is survived by his children, Douglas Moske, Gregory Moske, Collette Hansen, and Joe (Sarah) Moske; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; brother, David Moske; along with many nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
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