Service of Remembrance for Vernon E. "Brick" Clawson, 69, will be conducted from the Gateway Christian Fellowship (Assembly of God) Friday morning, July 7, 2006, at 11 a.m. with the Rev. Phil Masters officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memorial Park. Visitation/Wake will be Thursday evening from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Anaconda Chapel of KT Riddle Funeral Homes. Additional visitation will be held one hour prior to service time at church.
Brick died Sunday morning, July 2, 2006, at the Community Hospital of Anaconda.
Vernon Eugene Clawson was born on July 21, 1936, in Helena, the oldest of six children born to Harry Edward and Hazel Elsie (Pickett) Clawson. Brick was raised in Anaconda and graduated from Anaconda High School in 1954.
He married Claire Potvin, with the marriage they were blessed with one child, Craig Allen; they later divorced. Brick married Betty Wolf, they were blessed with two girls Cindy and Verna "Bunny" before the marriage ended in a divorce. He married Sandra Sovereign in 1965 in Anaconda; they were blessed with four children, Stewart, Stacie, Raymond and Dannette.
Brick worked for the Anaconda Co. on the railroad directly out of high school, he then became an iron-worker working for the ironworkers union, building bridges and missile silos throughout Montana to 1974. He operated the B.P.O.Elks Lodge Bar from 1973 to 1975, and from 1975 to 1976, he was a night watchman on the Galen State Hospital campus.
From 1976 to 1978, he attended and received his A.A.S. Chemical Dependency Counselor degree from the University of Montana, Missoula. In 1978, he was a counselor at the Deer Lodge County Drug and Alcohol Service Center in Anaconda. In 1979 Brick was promoted to the director of the service center, retiring in 1995.
In his early years, Brick was an avid Harley-Davidson motorcycle rider and was the past leader of the Knights of Columbus Motorcycle Club.
He enjoyed playing pinochle and cribbage, bowling, in which he received several trophies and awards. Brick loved fishing and camping, especially at Georgetown Lake. He enjoyed riding his ATV, and memorable time with his father. In recent years, he enjoyed the annual trip to Jackpot, Nev., with his son Raymond. He also did woodcarvings, whittling, gardening, collecting brass, refinishing antique trunks, doing stained glass. His most satisfying part of his life was spending quality time with his family and singing to his grandchildren.
Brick was a member of the Ironworkers union, B.P.O.Elks, Fraternal Order of Eagles, Montana Counselor Association, Anaconda Saddle Club and Alcoholics Anonymous.
Survivors include wife Sandra at the Anaconda home; children Craig Allen Potvin and wife of Helena, Verna Jean Schaff of Bozeman, Stewart Clawson and wife Jodi of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., Stacie Clawson of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., Raymond Clawson and wife Cheryle of Monroe, Wash., and Dannette and husband Tod Fadness of Albuquerque, N.M.; brothers and sisters, Kenneth Clawson and wife Nelda of Helena, Alva and husband Don Hanley of Butte, Bonnie Clawson of Anaconda, Katie and husband Mike Richter of Anaconda, and Eddie Joe Clawson of Texas; grandchildren Amy, Mandy, Dana, Karly Sue, Christopher, Cory, Chance, Stewart II, Whitney, Matthew, Spencer, Jessica, Michael, Danielle, Angilee, Shelby, and Tod Jr. "T.J."; great-grandchildren Tristan, Damian, Jade, Sierra, Courtney, Emma Sue, Sean, Logan, Taryan, Kal-el, Keilen and Aiden.
He was preceded in death by his parents, oldest daughter Cindy Fewins, and a great-grandchild Aurora Lee Ryan.
"Brick was a respected and beloved member of the Anaconda community and will be dearly missed by his family and friends." Memorial donations are requested to Diabetes Association, American Heart and Lung Association in his memory.
Services are under the care of the KT Riddle Funeral Homes, Anaconda.
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This obituary was originally published in the Montana Standard.