Frederick E. Clausen, St. Pete Beach, FL, and Lake Geneva, WI (1930-2014)
July 13, 1930 - August 16, 2014
Frederick E. Clausen of St. Pete Beach, FL, and Lake Geneva, WI, took his final bow on Aug. 16, 2014. He was born the fourth of seven children to Elmer and Lila King Clausen on July 13, 1930. Growing up poor during The Great Depression meant learning the value of hard work; and Fred had many jobs early in life including: setting bowling pins at the Claire Lounge in Lake Geneva, working at Schultz Brothers Dime Store and Frediani's restaurant downtown. While attending Wilmot High, Fred operated an after school restaurant called “Fred's Dry Nightclub” in Twin Lakes. He graduated from Lake Geneva High School in 1948, and married Janice Freitag of Lake Geneva in 1950. They owned an operated Clausen's Villa Cafe in Elkhorn, for several years while raising two children. In 1963, Fred began a new career in beauty culture. His business grew to include seven salons, cosmetology colleges in Lake Geneva, Janesville, and Beloit, and a modeling school in Lake Geneva. Fredrick's Salon in Lake Geneva, has operated continuously since 1966.
Fred's life long passion was show business. He loved all things theater, especially Broadway, and he spread that love to his family and friends. His great-grandson is involved in acting because of Fred's encouragement and support, Fred's passion began at White Pigeon Elementary in the class of his teacher, Mary Kiildow, and continued into his adult life. In the mid 1950's, he cut a record as lead singer of the dance band, Freddy Dee and the Pearls; and, later, acted in Belfry Theater productions with future stars, Harrison Ford and Gary Burghoff. Fred produced, directed, and starred in Beauty Culture Style Show Competitions at the Playboy Club in Lake Geneva, raising thousands for charity. Fred's next foray in show business was acting in more than 100 films and television shows. Memorable scenes were in the films “A League of Their Own,” “My Girl,” “Rookie of the Year,” and “Groundhog Day.”
After retiring to St Pete Beach, in 1994, Fred conceived and developed the “Forever Young Dancers” in 1997, which is one of the longest running acts in the Tampa Bay area. The group, with their motto, “We Dance Our Pants Off for Charity,” has raised thousands more for charity, including 1000 blankets for the homeless in one show alone. An annual Forever Young calendar also benefits charity. Forever Young appeared on “The Jenny Jones Show,” “Maury Povich” and “America's Got Talent,” and a clip of the performers was broadcast on Jay Leno's “The Tonight Show". A short documentary about the Forever Young Dancers can be viewed on You Tube.
Fred is survived by his partner of 18 years, Richard E. Jansen of St. Pete Beach, FL; his son, James Clausen (Maxine) of Lake Geneva, and his daughter, LuAnn Clausen (Ellen Zander) of Cambridge, WI. His grandsons are James Clausen Jr. (Dawn) of Palm Harbor, FL, and Jonathon Clausen (Leigh Lindstrom) of Moab, UT. His great-grandchildren are Natalie, Peerce, and Kaycee Clausen, also of Palm Harbor. He is further survived by three sisters: Eileen Shepstone and Carolee Olson of Lake Geneva, Lois Skelly of Lawrenceville, GA; and in-laws, Joyce Clausen of Lake Geneva, and Leland Stohr of Twin Lakes, WI. Also surviving are several beloved nieces and nephews; and special friends, Polly Gaudreau and Julie Duesterbeck. He was preceded in death by his parents; a sister Bernelda Stohr; a brother, Marvin Clausen; and a sister, Donnabelle Lottig.
A celebration of Fred's life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Sept. 29, at HAWK'S VIEW in Lake Geneva. The family will greet friends at 10 a.m.
Memorial donations may be made to the Human Outreach Team c/o MCC King of Peace Church, 3150 5th Ave N., St. Petersburg, FL 33713 or a local charity which serves the needy.
Fred's legacy is one of love, friendship, and kindness to others. We honor his memory by doing the same.