Clell Bone, of Isanti, died February 4, 2014 at home. A memorial service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Saturday, February 8th at Faith Lutheran Church in Isanti with Rev. Clifton Hanson officiating. A time for visiting will be held one hour prior to the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions be sent to Northland Rec Lab Scholarship Fund, The Heart Association, or the National MS Society.
Maurice Clelland Bone, (Clell) died Tuesday, February 4, 2014 at his home in Isanti, MN. Born the son of Reverend Maurice David and Cleland Winans Bone June 6, 1935, in the doctor’s office in LaMoure, North Dakota, he graduated from Germantown High School, 1954, the University of Dubuque with a BA in Sociology, Speech Minor in 1959, and San Francisco Theological Seminary, San Francisco, CA with a Masters in Christian Education in 1964. He served in the United States Army from 1960-1962 serving as Personnel Psychology Specialist in Army Aviation in the Human resources Research Unit, Continental Army Command (CONARC) at Fort Rucker Alabama. Discharged Specialist 4th Class Rank with Good Conduct Medal and two Unit Commendations.
Clell married Mary Ellen Ausenhus, in Hanlontown, IA December 29, 1960. They celebrated 53 years of marriage living in Isanti, MN since 1972. Clell and Mary Ellen had three children, Sue Ellen Bone (fiancé Joe Bailey), Worthington, MN, Jonathan (Gayla) Bone, Pine City, MN and Stephen (Becky) Bone, Rapid City, SD. Clell worked in the ministry field after graduating from Seminary as a Youth Minister from 1964 to 1971. He was active with youth work and led many canoe trips from Illinois to the Boundary Water Canoe Area in Northern Minnesota. After moving to Minnesota, Clell worked for Volunteers of America (VOA) at Bar-None Treatment Center, Anoka, VOA Care Corporation, Twin Cities area, MN, Loring Towers and Nicollet Towers, Minneapolis, MN. As part of his duties with VOA, Clell became ordained in order to conduct funerals and weddings. As a result of this additional training, Clell also began performing weddings for many members of his family and friends.
Clell was a devoted family man who loved spending time with his children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren attending sporting events, musical performances, and playing games, puzzles, and making thousands of buttons for a wide variety of family and community events. Northland Recreation Laboratory (Rec Lab) held a very special place in his heart. His father Maurice was involved in the early organizational days of Rec Lab and encouraged Clell to attend his first Rec Lab in 1959. Attending Rec Lab changed his life and shaped his leadership skills and philosophy of life. It was at Rec Lab that Clell met his wife. He served on the board as President (Boss) and was an active Past President (Old Man) remaining active in attending Rec Lab and Winter Labs until his death. Clell was an avid recruiter during his lifetime telling others about this wonderful camp experience that every adult age 18 to 109 should attend. He was proud that his children are third generation labbers. Clell also had a strong faith. He served on many committees which included church council, was involved in youth group activities, was the bus driver for Heavenly Sonshine Nursery school field trips, taught Confirmation and was a Bible Study Leader at church. He also had a very strong desire to actively volunteer. He served the community on the Isanti Volunteer Fire Department, City Council Councilman, Sheriff’s Chaplain (God Squad), and as an election judge.
Clell is survived by his wife, Mary Ellen Bone, three children, eleven grandchildren Russell and Cory Bailey, Matt Weimer (Aleasha Anderson), Mallory (Ty) Farstad, Micah (Chelsie) Weimer, Jordan and Noah Bone, Ryan (Olivia) Bone, Samantha (Jeremy) Gourley, Zachary Sophia Bone, nine great grandchildren Marysa, Mayson, and Max Londgren, Lily Weimer, Auston, Addison, and Abriana Weimer, Landon and Brooklyn Bone, one brother, John (Bobbie) Bone, Beverly Hills, MI, three brothers in law Robert (Fran Stratbucker) Ausenhus, Loveland, CO, John (Karen Colby) Ausenhus, Omaha, NE, Paul Ausenhus, Clear Lake, IA, one uncle Dr. E.C. (Louise) Bone, Jacksonville, IL, 20 nieces and nephews, and 40 great nieces and nephews, and many dear friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, two brothers in law Mickey Studenmund, Jack Harting, great nephew Landon Quinn, aunts and uncles.