This page is dedicated to those classmates no longer with us. Let us never forget them.
Ryan Escherich 1974-1997 In school, Ryan was very dedicated to playing his trumpet in a variety of bands including concert, jazz, pep, and marching. He was also involved in vocal music and attended many state contests in both areas of music. He loved Weird Al, collecting baseball cards, and hanging out with friends. He wanted to become a D.J. someday. The high school trip to France was Ryan’s highlight—he took four years of French and spoke it very well. In fact, his most famous greeting of friends was “bonjer bonjer”. Yes, he did spell it that way! :) After high school, Ryan attended NIACC and then ISU in 1994. Information courtesy Jason and Rebecca (Harrenstein) Salge
Tim Tjaden 1974-2002 Tim enjoyed playing football, tennis, and his trombone while in high school. Tim graduated from Wartburg College in 1996 with a bachelor’s of Arts degree in History. He was on the varsity tennis team at Wartburg and, following college, helped coach tennis in the Clear Lake Schools. Tim worked for Meints Construction and then for Dean Monson Construction in Clear Lake. Tim and his fiancée were busy making plans for an October wedding. Information courtesy obituary listed in Globe Gazette.
There is an annual Tim Tjaden Memorial Golf Outing usually held in late July or early August at All-Vets. Proceeds go to funding the Tim Tjaden Memorial Scholarship awarded each year to a graduating CLHS senior. For more information, contactScott Schroeder, Jay Barragy, Steve Spratt, orShane Cooney.
Michelle Marie Kruger, 46, of Mason City, passed away Monday, July 20, 2020, at the MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center.
Michelle was born to Herman and Barbara Kruger on March 4th, 1974 in Mason City. She grew up on a farm in Ventura with her four older brothers before the family moved to Clear Lake.
Michelle graduated from Clear Lake High School in 1992. After high school, she worked many jobs before beginning her dream of working in healthcare. She attended NIACC to pursue her nursing career but her health took a toll and she could not continue. Although she was unable to finish her schooling, she was able to become a licensed CNA/CMA. Following licensure, Michelle worked at Oakwood Care Center and Opportunity Village for many years.
She laughed at everything and loved to have fun. Her infectious laugh always put a smile on everyone’s face who had the opportunity to hear it. She enjoyed spending time with her kids and family, especially her granddaughters. No matter how sick she felt, she would make time for them and be her fun, outgoing self. Michelle was a sports fanatic and always cheered on the Vikings. She enjoyed going to the library or getting coffee with her friends. She attended church at Grace E Free and Rhythm Church in Mason City. Above all, her most important relationship was the one she had with Jesus, who she accepted as her Savior at a young age.
Michelle had so much hope, faith, and perseverance. Over the years as her health declined, she never stopped fighting to get better. From her diabetes, dialysis, organ transplant, to leg amputation she always kept fighting for her health and the people she loved.
Her faith in the Lord is what got her through her health struggles. Despite the hard days, she still found joy and hope in Him. She never wavered in her hope that the good days would outweigh the bad and that God had a plan in all her trials.
Michelle is survived by two children, Lennice (Matthew) Carmody of Mason City, Isaiah Perkins of Ankeny; granddaughters, Harmonie, Noelle, and Alaskah Carmody of Mason City; six brothers, David (Carol) Kruger of Jewel, Dwight (Patty) Kruger of Indiana, Michael (Patty Jean) Kruger of Clear Lake, Dan Kruger of Clear Lake, Kendall (Deb) Kruger of Ankeny, Kevin Kruger of Garner; and many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins. Michelle is preceded in death by her parents, Herman and Barbara Kruger. To plant a beautiful memorial tree in memory of Michelle Marie Kruger, please visit our Tribute Store. Information courtesy obituary
Cory James Sparks, 46, of Clear Lake, died Monday, December 21, 2020, at MercyOne North Iowa Medical Center in Mason City.
Cory was born September 5, 1974, the son of Butch and Marilyn (Loudon) Sparks in Mason City. A graduate of Clear Lake High School, Cory worked in electronics most of his career and was the slot tech manager at Diamond Jo Casino in Northwood. Most recently he worked at Midwest Wheel in Clear Lake.
Cory enjoyed golfing all over North Iowa, working with electronics and technology, and cars.
Cory is survived by his son, Noah Sparks of Clear Lake; siblings, Todd (Stacy) Sparks of Maple Grove, MN, Kristine (Scott) Miller of Des Moines and Elizabeth (Winston Mahar) Arndorfer of Minneapolis; nieces, Heidi Miller and Cate Arndorfer; grandfather, Wally (Mary Wirtz) Loudon of Boone; aunts, Kathy (Dean) Schaefer of Britt and Sue (David) Olson of Danbury, WI; and step-father, Tom Arndorfer of Clear Lake.
He was preceded in death by his parents; grandparents, William and Betty Sparks and Gladys Loudon; and aunt, Karen Foster. Information courtesy obituary