Ralph & Joyce Clason

1991 Commodore

Ralph Clason and First Mate Joyce Merten Clason

Commodore Career: Car dealer, Clason Buick GMC (Clason Pontiac)

Commodore Date of Birth: 8.4.1930

Commodore Hometown: Burlington, WI

Siblings in order: Ruth Whitmore, Hazel Sheard, Elmer Clason, Fern Montague

First Mate Date of Birth: 5.4.1933

Hometown: Burlington, WI

Siblings in order: Paul Merten, Geraldine (died at 3 days old), John Merten, James Merten,

Dorothy (Sr. Mary Joyce) Merten, Roger Merten, Betty Gaiser, Edgar Merten

Children 1: Carey Kroner (1955) Spouse: Bill

Grandchildren: Caroline (1990), Kelly (1993) Children 2: Tim (1956)

Spouse: Ahna

Grandchildren: Sam (1995)

Children 3: Jill Doll (1957) Spouse: Steve

Grandchildren: Stefany Doll Lorang (1984) Spouse: Adam

Great-grandchild: Theodore Lorang (11.2.2018) Grandchildren: Christine (1995)

Children 4: Vicky Subera (1958) Spouse: Dennis

Grandchildren: Luke (2000), Jessica (2002) Children 5: Lisa (1962)
Grandchildren: Jamie (1997), Joseph (2004)
Children 6: Alex (1971)

Spouse: Kim
Grandchildren: Wyatt (2000), Ava (2004)

Date of Marriage: 10.16.1954

How did you and your partner meet? In high school at the time, we met at wedding receptions and dances held at Winter Gardens near Burlington.

Commodore Hobbies and Interests: The car business, spending time at the cabin on Lake Holcombe, Green Bay Packers, traveling in the motor home.

Commodore Community Involvement: Aquinas Foundation, La Crosse Police and Fire Commission,
La Crosse Library Board, Viterbo Advisory Board, Blessed Sacrament Pastoral Council, automotive boards, Franciscan Skemp Foundation, La Crosse Chamber of Commerce, Saint Thomas More School Board.

First Mate Hobbies and Interests: Woodworking, lifelong learner, writing, traveling, skiing, golfing, gardening (flowers).

First Mate Community Involvement: Garden Club, church, school library, skiing gate keeper.

Interesting Family History: Ralph was a district manager for General Motors Pontiac Division before Ralph and Joyce moved to La Crosse in 1968 to become partners in the Pontiac dealership, Olson Clason Pontiac. The other dealership they were looking at buying into was in Beaver Dam, but Joyce fell in love with beautiful La Crosse.

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