July 14, 1924 – September 17, 2013
Clarence “Spike” Henry Wisecup Jr., age 89 of Boone County, Iowa, passed away on Tuesday, September 17, 2013 in the Hearthstone Memory Care Unit of the Eastern Star Masonic Home in Boone.
Funeral services will be held at 1:30 P.M., Friday, September 20, in the Chapel of the Eastern Star Masonic Home of Boone, with Pastor Tim Walker officiating. Interment will be in the Pleasant Hill Cemetery, southwest of Boone, Iowa.
Clarence Henry Wisecup, Jr., also known as “Spike,” was born on a farm near Luther, Iowa on July 14, 1924. As the youngest of five brothers, he learned the value of an Iowa work ethic while on the family farm. His oldest brother helped him buy a 1932 Ford V8, and thus began his lifelong love for cars.
Clarence married Bonnie Newcomb on October 28, 1944. The couple raised two daughters, Connie and Cindy, while farming in Boone County. Although he retired in 1987, he still kept a watchful eye on the local crop and was always near with a cold soda and candy bar for those working hard in the field. In his retirement, Clarence volunteered his time to the local community of Luther, where he spent time visiting with friends and working in his yard. Most importantly, Clarence enjoyed spending time with his family. His grandchildren and great-grandchildren will always remember his stories of days gone by and his ability to make them laugh with a funny song and his sense of humor.
He is preceded in death by his grandchildren, Dennis Stammeyer and Emily Beckwith Fazzino; brother-in-law, Donald Taylor; great-nephew, Jason Marsh; his parents, Clarence and Maude Wisecup; two infant siblings, Chad and Velma; and four brothers: Jerald , Wilson, Lloyd, and Everett.
Clarence is survived in death by his wife, Bonnie Wisecup, and their daughters Connie Orrell and Cindy (Rick) Beckwith, all of Boone, Iowa. Throughout their marriage, Clarence and Bonnie welcomed nine grandchildren: Denny, Jodie, Steven, Brooke, Stacie, Ammie, Jennifer, Emily, and Richard II, along with 20 great-grandchildren. He was loved by his nieces and nephews, aunts and uncles, in-laws and the local community. The couple looked forward to celebrating 69 years of marriage this coming October. Clarence always met folks with a smile and firm handshake, and to his family he always said farewell with “I love you with all my heart.”
The family would like to send a special thank you to the staff family at the Eastern Star Masonic Home. Their kindness and care over the course of the last several years is invaluable and we are forever grateful for their wisdom, kind touch and care. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to this organization as they work everyday against the battle of Alzheimers.
Eastern Star Masonic Home, 715 West 3rd. Street, Boone, Iowa 50036
Online condolences may be sent to the family at www.walter-schroederfuneralhome.com
Walter ~ Schroeder Funeral Home at Fifth & Story Streets in Boone is handling the arrangements.Information provided by: Walter-Schroeder Funeral Home 503 Story Street Boone, Iowa 50036 515.432.1922 www.walter-schroederfuneralhome.com