George "Big Red" Clauss

Hale, Michigan
October 31, 1937 - May 3, 2019


Tuesday, May 7, 2019 - 2-4 & 6-8 pm at the funeral home and Wednesday from 11 am until the time of the funeral at 12 pm

Service Location

Buresh Funeral Home - Hale, Michigan


Wednesday, May 8, 2019 - 12 pm (visitation at 11 am) at the Buresh Funeral Home in Hale, MI

Obituary Notice

George “Big Red” Clauss, Jr

Age 81, of Hale, Michigan
Passed away at his home with his family by his side. He was born in Saginaw, Mi. To the late George Sr and Ellen June Clauss. George was a Tool Maker by trade and founded Stoney Crest Regrind Service, Inc in Bridgeport Mi. In 1979. He was also a commercial fisherman in the Florida Keys and the captain of the “Shirley Mae”. Besides fishing George also was an avid hunter, turtle trapper and outdoorsman. George was ordained through marriage ministries and had the privilege to unite in marriage several of his grandchildren, family members and friends. George was also a former Golden Gloves Boxer. With his out going personality he was blessed with many friends. George was a member of the American Legion, Moose, Elks and the Eagles Club. Most of all he loved being with family and friends sharing a cold drink and socializing. George is survived by his beloved wife of 62 years Shirley Mae Clauss(Stone); Son, George Clauss “Homer” Clauss III (Terri) And daughters Robin L. Gregory and Jamie S. Lasecki, sister Mary Ellen Roberson, brother Robert E. “Rusty” (Patsy) Clauss, brother Donald “Duck” Clauss; 8 grand children, 12 great grand children with number 13 “George Clauss V “ on the way. Also Many nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brother James “Fuzzy” Clauss. The family will welcome friends on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 from 2-4 and 6-8 pm and again on Wednesday, May 8, 2019 from 11:00 am -12 pm at Buresh Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held at 12 pm on Wednesday May 8th, 2019 at Buresh Funeral Home in Hale, Mi.
Interment will follow at Logan Township Cemetery. You may offer your condolences on line at


Logan Township Cemetery


Our deepest sympathies to you, Shirley, and your family.
Sending you all big hugs and many prayers.
— Liz Kurth
My condolences to the Clauss family. Lots of love and prayers your way.
— Tanja Varney
So very sorry for your loss. Praying God comforts the entire Clauss family throughout this time of sorrow. 🙏💙
— Lori Erickson
Kathe and I are very sorry for your loss he was a great man who we were proud to call our friend he will be missed
— Rick and Kathe Nedeau
Dear Big Red,
May you find gentle harbor as days end,
May you lower your anchor amidst peace and good friends.
— Peggy Kushuba
We just love you guys so much. Our hearts are broken for you. We’re shocked and saddened to hear of Big Red’s passing. We loved him dearly. I can hear his hearty laugh and see the twinkle in his eyes. He was a great man. We will miss him
— Char and Dave Sawyer
Our deepest condolences, we are blessed to have known Big Red and family
— Gregg & Gina
Rest in Peace Uncle George.
— Sandra (Clauss) Paquette
Will forever love you uncle George
— Little linda
hey Duckie, its Karla and Fred Foos, we are so sorry the hear about the passing of your brother. Just wanted you to know we are thinking about you and your family
— Karla Foos
Our family sends our sympathies and prayers and are sorry for your loss. George was always friendly and kind to us.
— Viola, Rick, Teri and family
We are so sorry for your Loss. May God be with you in this sad time. George was a great man who had a big smile for everyone he knew. Sincerely, Denny and Marlene Polishak
— Marlene-Noll Polishak
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and the family. Big Red was like a Dad to us and he will be missed dearly.
— Monica and Robert Holloway
Shirley and family I am so sorry about Big Red's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you all
— laura kinch
Its with our deepest condolences, to the Clauss Family. Big Red was one of my first Boss of the Boss( Homer) and gave me a shot of being all I can be. Never to stop short of your goals, and Keep giving back. Many good times I remember. Now your with Pa and the rest of the crew. God bless you and see you soon. Steve McLaren & Family
— Stephen McLaren
Sending thoughts and prayers to the entire family... Big Red always had such a big smile for all that he met and a twinkle in his eyes. May he RIP..
— Linda Filhart
My sincere condolences to the Claus family. May his memory bring you comfort at this time of sorrow.
— Darlene Michalski
Know Red will be hunting and fishing in heaven. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.
— Shirley Brinkley and Jim Soles
Sending thoughts and prayers to the entire family.
— Dena Garcia
Robin, Shirley and the rest of the family, I am so sorry for your loss. He will be missed immensely. You have so many wonderful memories to hold close to your heart and cherish. He will always be there and loved.
— Debbie Dow
Our sincere condolences to the Clauss family. He will be greatly missed.
— John & Judie Clixby
I’m so sorry for your loss. How wonderful leave this world loved the way your dad did. Please reach out if you need anything.. blessings to all of you 😢🙏
— Leslie McDonald
So sorry for your loss. "Big Red" will be missed.
— Linda Wardell
You have my deepest sympathy, Shirley. "Big Red" will be missed.
— Linda Wardell
Sending hugs and prayers to the Clauss Family. Big Red was truly a great and humble man. He will be missed by all that knew him.
— Joni and Dan Millen
Big Red will be missed by everyone who knew him. Please know my thoughts and prayers are with you Robin, Shirley and the rest of the family.
— Tom Maides
A BIG hug to Shirley and family “Wishing you peace to bring you comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.” RIP Big Red
— Rhonda Allen
Dearest Shirley, my deepest sympathy to you and your family for the loss of Red. The 4+ years living at the Fishing Lodge left me with fond memories of the many nights Pat and I spent playing cards with you guys. You were such good friends. Time passes so quickly, it's hard to believe it's been almost 30 years since I last saw you. Much love to you and yours.
— Linda Brannen (Ellis)
Dear Shirley and family, Words can't begin to express how sorry I am for your loss. Big Red was a wonderful man who cherished his family. He had great sense of humor and was a friend to so many. The world is less bright with his passing. May the memory of his spirit stay with you and comfort you. He will not be forgotten.
— Wendy Freeman
So sorry to hear this sad sad news. BPKFL won't be the same without him. We had lost touch for many years but had the great privilege seeing both him and Shirley last year. Same smiling face and big personality we knew from years ago. We will miss him. Our thoughts are with you, Shirley and your family. Ken and Tammy Morgan
— Ken Morgan
Dear Shirley and family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. George was a joy to know and work with, he will be truly missed by all.
— Dava Benjamin
Dear Shirley and Family,

We are so sorry for your loss and ours of a good neighbor. We just found out. Red dad a great personality and Ill never forget the day he taught me to shoot. He was a good guy and we are sad. Gary and Renee Bates
— Renee Bates
Dear Homer, Terri, and the entire Clauss family,

Please accept our heartfelt condolences on the passing of your father. He fought his battle with courage and dignity, he was an inspiration for all of us...he had the heart of a lion. Thoughts and prayers go out to all of you, with deepest sympathy.
— Dean & Marilyn Dudek BPKFL #89

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