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August 11, 2022

7/8/2022 4:28:00 PM
Enerson, Claire Richard "Dick"

Claire Richard "Dick" Enerson, age 90, of Westfield, IN, passed away at home on July 3, 2022. He was born May 14, 1932 in Eau Claire, WI, to Claire T. and Mary Velma (Finnegan) Enerson. Claire's parents farmed in North Branch, WI, and he attended North Branch school, a one-room school house, until he entered high school. He graduated from Lincoln High School in Alma Center, Class of 1950. In high school, Claire was active in music, where he played saxophone in the band. In state competition, he won first place in a sax solo. At the age 16, he played professionally in a polka band.

Claire joined the Navy in 1950 and after basic training, entered the Naval School of Music in Anacostia, Maryland. In 1951 he was stationed in Sasebo, Japan and was a member of the Navy Band for the Com 7 Fleet under Admiral Jocko Clark where he played saxophone and clarinet. The band would play at the EM Club for a month and then spend a month on the bomb line in North Korea. They were known as the best band in the Pacific. He spent two and one-half years in the Pacific.

Claire married Carol (Moore) Enerson on August 28, 1954. He graduated with a forestry degree from Michigan Tech in 1958. He worked with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for over 30 years and started his career as the forest manager of the Flambeau River State Forest. From there, he transferred to Dodgeville where he served as the Park Manager at Governor Dodge State Park before being promoted to area director where he managed and oversaw all natural resources functions in five counties in southwestern Wisconsin.

Claire was a life-long poet who enjoyed writing and sharing his poetry with family and friends. He was a certified hypnotherapist for over 20 years.

Claire and Carol retired in 1987 to Mesa, AZ and lived there until Carol's passing in 2016. They enjoyed life in the desert and spent many summers traveling to Wisconsin to spend time with family and friends. In 2016, Claire moved to Westfield, IN where he spent the last few years of his life.

Claire is survived by sons, Craig (Sherry) of Chassel, MI, Bruce (Deb) Enerson of Algonquin, IL, his daughter-in-law, Rose, his grandchildren, Jacob (Ashley) Enerson, Matt (Michelle) Enerson and Nicole (JT) Engstrom, his sister, Mary Jo (Gene) Stoutenburg of Salem, OR, as well as two great-grandchildren (William and Caellum), along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Carol, his parents, and his brother, Ken Enerson. At Claire's request, no funeral or memorial service is immediately planned.

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