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Wayne DeClercq, 90, of Barrett, died Monday, November 27, 2017, at his home surrounded by his family.
Wayne Warren DeClercq was born on May 19, 1927, to Richard and Rose (Pederson) DeClercq. He attended elementary school at the District 52 School in Elk Lake Township and attended Barrett High School. He was Confirmed at Lincoln Lutheran Church and was a lifetime member of Peace Lutheran Church of Barrett.
Wayne entered the United States Navy in 1945, serving in Pearl Harbor.
Wayne and Betty Bjorgen were married on September 26, 1948, and established their home three miles east of Barrett in Elk Lake Township, where they raised their five children and Wayne farmed for 58 years, raising milk cows, cattle and grain.
Wayne loved his family, friends, horses, and Louis L ’Amour novels, and a dedicated John Deere man. He was an expert woodworker and carpenter; the homes of his children and grandchildren are graced with his handiwork.
He was preceded in death by his parents, his brothers, Donald, Gene and Dayle, and a grandson, Michael Silbernick.
Wayne is survived by his wife, Betty; his five children, Jennifer DeClercq of Rochester, Chery Simpson of Fargo, Suzanne and husband, Douglass Trenda of Detroit Lakes, Marc of Denver, and Lisa and husband, Brian Silbernick of Lowry; brothers, Roger and Carlton; sister, Valerie Horner; nine grandchildren and fifteen great-grandchildren.
Wayne’s family will receive visitors from 5:00PM to 7:00PM on Wednesday, November 29 at Peace Lutheran Church, Barrett. Visitation will continue one hour prior to the Memorial Service, which will be held at 11:00 AM on Thursday, November 30, 2017 at Peace Lutheran Church.
Clergy: Reverend Sarah Evenson
Military Honors: American Legion Post 351, Barrett, Minnesota
Arrangements by Erickson-Smith Funeral Home of Elbow Lake.
Online Guestbook: EricksonSmithFH.com
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