In memory of

Karen Ranee Moorhead Clausen

May 26, 1941
Jan 23, 2023


Karen Ranee Moorhead Clausen, age 81, passed away on Monday, January 23, 2023 at Oregon Veterans Home in Lebanon surrounded by her family.  She was born on May 26, 1941 in Rochester, Minnesota to Gordon Wilson Moorhead and Evelyn Lorraine Leighton Moorhead.  She married LeRoy Harold Clausen in The Little Brown Church in Nashua, Iowa on December 22, 1956.

Karen was raised in Minnesota.  She was a wife with unending devotion.  She was a loving mother and grandmother.  She was a creative and dedicated homemaker.  She enjoyed traveling with her husband and family.  She and her husband were members of the Willamette Historical Auto Club.  Her favorite pastimes include knitting and crocheting, listening to country music, and watching westerns.  She was a huge fan of Roy Rogers and John Wayne.

She is survived by six sons, Dennis Clausen (Tammy) of Salem, Oregon, Darren Clausen (Mary) of Hayden Lake, Idaho, Derrick Clausen (Amy) of Independence, Missouri, Douglas Clausen (Dawn) of Molalla, Oregon, Dustin Clausen (Teresa) of Aumsville, Oregon, and Darrell Clausen (Sunny) of Athens, Tennessee; 1 sister Lesa Williams (Grant) of Modesto, California; 14 grandchildren Aubrey McClure, Kimberly Clausen, Kevin Clausen, Meghan Blair, Anthony Clausen, Nicholas Clausen, Blake Clausen, Jena Shipley, Madeline Clausen, Hayley Clausen, Zachary Clausen, Cody Clausen, Chloe Clausen, and Colt Clausen; and 6 great grandchildren, Damian Lindemann, Jade Lindemann, Shelby Clausen, Reese Blair, Sutton Blair, and Dixie Clausen.  Extended surviving family includes numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She is preceded in death by her beloved husband LeRoy, both parents and brother, Rodney Moorhead.

Viewing will be 10:00am to noon on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at Johnson Funeral Home, Salem, Oregon.  Memorial service, officiated by Miles Johnson, and interment will be held at 1:30pm on Tuesday, January 31, 2023 at Willamette National Cemetery.

Contributions may be made to Alzheimer’s Association at

Service Information

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 10-12pm
Johnson Funeral Home
134 Missouri Ave S Salem, OR 97302

Tuesday, January 31, 2023 1:30 PM
Willamette National Cemetery
11800 SE Mt Scott Blvd, Portland, OR 97086

Messages of Sympathy

  1. Lisa says:

    Miss you Aunt Karen RIP

  2. Brother Erik says:

    Dear Clausen family,
    Our sincerest condolences go out to you in your time of loss. The hurt and pain you feel is natural even though death is such an unnatural event. Take peace in knowing God is providing your loved one the best possible loving care and He also is caring for your needs too. Psalm 94:19 tells us "When anxiety overwhelmed me, you comforted and soothed me." Our prayers and kind thoughts are with your friends and family as an extension of God's unfailing love. The scriptures have brought us comfort when experiencing loss and has given us God's plan for those who've passed from our lives. For comfort from the Bible please visit

  3. Sandy Clausen says:

    Karen, I want our phone calls back where we discussed everything under the sun. I miss you so much but glad you entered Gods kingdom with only happiness and no pain!

  4. Bill and Bev says:

    Our deepest sympathies to you and may you treasure her memory

  5. Brenda (Davis) Chapman says:

    A beautiful woman inside and out. ❤️Loved knowing you, LeRoy and your handsome sons.

  6. Darren Clausen says:

    I miss you Mom!

  7. Staff of Johnson Funeral Home says:

    Thank you for trusting Johnson Funeral Home.

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