Clair D. Jowett, 79 of Wausau, died Monday, November 21, 2011 at Aspirus Wausau Hospital following a brief battle with brain cancer.
He was born in Wausau on April 21, 1932, son of the late Harold and Irene (Wanderer) Jowett. He graduated from Minocqua High School in 1951. Clair married Colleen McCormick on June 26, 1957 at the First Presbyterian Church, Wausau.
By the time Clair graduated from college at UW-Madison he had already served 2 years in the Army and was married. His goals were to become a good coach and teacher. He taught and coached in Crandon, Wis. then later earned his MS degree in School Administration from the UW-Superior. During his careers in the Wausau School District as a teacher and administrator he served as the Assistant Principal of Wausau East High School. He also worked at The Wausau Paper Mill as an account executive for 10 years and later he became the owner of a retail liquor store from which he retired.
Clair's interests include hunting, curling, golf, skiing, bridge, but his most passionate interest upon retirement was The Civil Air Patrol. He rose through the ranks and currently served as the Great Lakes Region Vice Commander. A devoted Badgers football fan he also enjoyed the Green Bay Packers and attending his grandkids sporting events. He and his wife Colleen enjoyed many wonderful vacations and the summers spent with family and friends at the cottage on Mid Lake. When asked about any honors or rewards he had received he replied "I received several awards over the years, each one seemed special at the time. The first one that I can think of was when Miss Bessy made me Captain of the Safety Patrols. Next I received the Outstanding Curler of the Year Award. Later I received the Wausau Chamber of Commerce Ambassador of the Year Award. The latest one was the Distinguished Service medal from the Civil Air Patrol."
Survivors include his wife, Colleen, Wausau; son, Rick Jowett, Madison; daughters, Mari (Jon) Stein, Wausau, and Kay Jowett, Kronenwetter; two grandchildren, Eric and Chris Stein; and niece, Linda Jowett, Franklin. He was preceded in death by his parents, Harold and Irene Jowett, brother, Dale (Lottie) and their son, Hal.
Memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, November 28, 2011 at the First Presbyterian Church, 406 Grant St. Wausau. Rev. Joy Nelson-Jeffers will officiate. Private Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park Cemetery.
Wausau. Visitation will be from 3:00 until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 27, 2011 at the Brainard Funeral Home, 522 Adams St. Wausau.