Claussen, Edward J.
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passed away Friday March 14, 2014 at Sagewood retirement community in Phoenix, AZ with his sister-in-law, Lois Claussen-Greiner, by his side. He was born in Chicago June 7, 1928 to Frederick and Marie (nee Raddy) Claussen, and lived in Chicago until he retired to Scottsdale. He was a 4th generation President/CEO of the family-owned Claussen Pickle Company, and was instrumental in creating the world renowned refrigerated pickle that enticed Oscar Mayer to purchase the firm in 1970. He attended Gage Park High School in Chicago and the University of Illinois, and played trumpet in the United States Army Band during the Korean War. His lifelong passion for music led to many friendships in the industry including legendary jazz pianist Sir George Shearing. He was preceded in death by his parents and siblings, Ron Claussen and Lucille Grosse. He is survived by one brother, Fred Claussen, nephews Rick (Sue) Claussen, Scott (Mary) Claussen, Steve (Nyla) Claussen, Andrew (Bre) Claussen and Peter Claussen, and nieces Linda (Lou) Patterson, Lisa Claussen, Kimberly Gaffrey, Christine (Jeromie) Hamann, Kelly (Andrew) Hesemann and Melissa Claussen. Ed's many philanthropic endeavors included support of Arizona Transplant House at The Village of Mayo Clinic in Phoenix where one of the casitas bears his name. A memorial service to celebrate Ed's life will be held in late May at Sagewood retirement community in Phoenix. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Arizona Transplant House at The Village of Mayo Clinic in Phoenix or to The Phoenix Symphony.
Published in The Arizona Republic on Apr. 6, 2014