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Clarence Tunning

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Clarence “Clem” Tunning, 82, of Carroll, died Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, at St. Anthony Regional Hospital. 

Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 10, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham, Iowa. The celebrant will be Father Patrick Behm, assisted by Deacon Louis Meiners. Music will be by Jane Heithoff and Katie Holtz. Lector will be Nick Fangman. Honorary gift bearers will be Linsey Pick, Lauren Schau, Ellen Tuel, Liz Reutter, Abby Sibbel, Macy Tunning, Mady Stribe and Harper Stribe. Casket bearers will be Ben Gradoville, Nathan Williams, Danielle Williams, Nick Gradoville, Jon Fangman, Justin Tunning, Emma Tunning and Nile Stribe. Burial will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in Dedham. 

Private visitation will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 9, at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll. Funeral Mass is open to the public, but face coverings are required for those in attendance. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Clarence’s name to Kuemper Catholic Schools, National Fragile X Foundation or Unravel Iowa (pediatric cancer research).

Funeral arrangements are under the guidance of Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll, and online condolences may be left for Clarence’s family at

Born Sept. 18, 1937, at the family’s farm in rural Dedham, he was a son of Herman and Elizabeth (Bekehermes) Tunning. He graduated from St. Joseph Catholic School in Dedham. After graduating, Clem worked as a farmhand, worked at the Dedham Co-op and Juergen’s Produce and Feed before starting farming in 1962.  

Clarence and Linda (Klocke) were married Dec. 30, 1961, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Dedham by Father Henry Meyer. Eventually they moved to the family farm near Dedham where they raised five children. 

Clem enjoyed fishing, playing cards, Iowa Hawkeye sports, trips to Branson, Missouri, music, and having coffee with many of his friends. He was a Kuemper supporter, and enjoyed following his kids’ and grandkids’ activities over the years. He loved dancing and singing with his wife, Linda, whether dancing the polka in Arcadia or singing church songs in the Dedham and Holy Spirit choirs. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family; his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the joy of his life.

Clarence is survived by his wife of 59 years: Linda; his children: Kay (John) Gradoville of Carroll, Julie (Larry) Williams of Willey, Lisa (Nick) Fangman of Carroll, Scott (Tammy) Tunning of Coon Rapids, and Nicole (Nolan) Stribe of Polk City; his siblings: Evelyn Sporrer, Lorena Grossman, Leonard (Verna) Tunning and Robert (Mary Louise) Tunning; sisters- and brothers in-law: George (Donna) Klocke, Paul Klocke, Genevieve (Rich) Voss, Mary (John) Fasbender, Floyd (Lisa) Klocke, Karen (Joe) Hinners, Kathy (Perry) Kennard and Brian (Molly) Klocke; 16 grandkids; nine great-grandkids; as well as many nieces, nephews, other extended relatives and many friends. 

He was preceded in death by his parents: Herman and Elizabeth; parents-in-law: Ben and Laura Klocke; brother Ray; brothers-in-law Robert Grossman, Vernice “Sprig” Sporrer, Junior Klocke and John Klocke; and sisters-in-law Lois Tunning and Mary Klocke. 

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