Clarence Earl Scharpen was born June 25, 1928 in Fessenden, N.D. to John and Bertha (Heins) Scharpen. He lived his early years in Fessenden and then the family moved to Fosston, Minn. Clarence served in the Army during the Korean War and then he joined the Air Force Reserves. On June 10, 1957 he married Joyce Whittnebeen and they made their first home in North Minneapolis. They later moved to South Minneapolis, Blaine, Lino Lakes and then in 1997 they moved to Cambridge. Clarence had many businesses over the years. He sold Christmas trees, he had a carpet cleaning and cleaning business for 30 years and also worked for FMC for 30 years. Clarence always did recycling and opened Clarence’s Recycling in Isanti in 2002 where he still actively worked. Clarence would help anyone and always offered to help out. He always said “no problem” and said every day was a fantastic day and he had never seen a bad day. He loved to talk and tell stories. He was a member of Long Lake Lutheran Church, Coon Rapids American Legion, Isanti Chamber, he worked with the Salvation Army and the Blaine Chamber in earlier years. Clarence was a Boy Scout leader, T-ball coach, sponsored a bowling team and also farmed. He hunted and enjoyed fishing with a cane pole. Clarence loved to travel and they visited every state except Hawaii and Maryland. He will live on in the hearts of all who knew him and in the businesses that he built.
Besides his parents he was preceded in death by son, John; great-granddaughter, Shayera; 2 brothers and 4 sisters. Clarence is survived by his wife of 55 years, Joyce; 3 children, Beverly (Mark) Christenson, Michael Scharpen, Susan Scharpen; 9 grandchildren, Makella, Michael, Erin, Keenan, Koby, Dusty, Adam, Jasmine, Jeremy; 5 great-grandchildren, Alyssa, Drew, Justin, Greta, Michael; and by many other relatives and friends.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, August 29, 2012 at Long Lake Lutheran Church in rural Isanti with Rev. Matt Flom officiating. Visitation will be Tuesday, Aug. 28 from 4 to 8 p.m. at the church. There will also be a visitation one hour before the service on Wednesday at the church. The organist is Kristy Anderson and Bill Scharpen will serve as soloist. The pallbearers are Adam, Dusty and Mark Christenson, Andy Harmer, Michael Scharpen and Tony Turek. Burial is in Graceland Cemetery in Ogilvie. Military Honors provided by Coon Rapids Legion. Arrangements were entrusted to the care of Strike Funeral Home – Isanti Chapel.