Clay Haunschild

Our beautiful Son was welcomed into Jesus’ arms at the age of 52. He was born to Dale and Luann Haunschild on March 5, 1969 in St Paul, MN. He is survived by his parents and younger sister Lesley (Tim) Sans of Madison, WI and his cherished Godchildren Owen, Benny, and Mya, many aunts, uncles, and cousins. Preceded in death by both sets of grandparents and three uncles. He was a graduate of Hudson High School and UW River Falls.

Everyone sensed and felt Clay’s gentleness, kindness, honesty, conscientiousness, dedication, and determination to excel at whatever he tried. He was a beautiful soul who loved everything in nature, including a heart for all animals, visiting Yellowstone, and hiking the North Shore or the prairies of the Kinnikinic and Willow State Parks in Wisconsin. Clay excelled at skiing and loved visiting the resorts of Vail and Aspen with his Dad.

Clay’s greatest passion was fly fishing the pristine trout streams of Montana and Wyoming and the local streams close to home. He relished the challenges of outfoxing the trophy rainbow or brown.

Clay’s love of nature was surpassed by his love of family. He loved us greatly and we loved him right back. He enriched our lives and made our family complete. We miss him dearly and look forward to the day we can all be together in Heaven.

Clay’s memorial service will be held at the Bakken-Young Funeral Home (728 S Knowles Ave) in New Richmond, Wi. on May 2. 2021, with a visitation starting at 1:00 PM and a service to follow at 2:00 PM. Clay’s memorial will be live streamed via a link found at

Clay loved this quote by Norman Maclean.

“Eventually, all things merge into one, and a river runs through it.”

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