Goldie L. Clanton

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Goldie L. Clanton, 95, a lifelong resident of Prairie du Chien, passed away unexpectedly Wednesday, Oct. 3. 

She was born Dec. 30, 1922, the daughter of Gailard and Alma Marie (Oates) Collins. She married Robert Clanton on June 10, 1942, at St. Gabriel’s Church in Prairie du Chien. She and her husband owned and operated Clanton Construction for over 30 years. Goldie also worked as a cake decorator for Piggly Wiggly for over 40 years. Goldie enjoyed her card club that began during WWII. She was an avid collector of antiques and was a member of the Eagles Club Aerie 1502. Her husband Bob preceded her in death on Feb. 9, 1992. 

She is survived by her sons, Larry (Pauline), of Prairie du Chien, and Michael, of Coram, Mt.; her daughter, Nancy (Gary) Thurn, of Elkader, Iowa; daughter-in-law, LaVonne Clanton, of Prairie du Chien; brother Robert (Connie) Collins, of Prairie du Chien; grandchildren, Patrick, Kevin, Darci, Chad, Tim, Mark, Todd, Michael, Matthew and Brian; along with 14 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, a son Gary and a brother Maurice Collins.

Funeral services were Saturday, Oct. 6, at the United Methodist Church in Prairie du Chien. Pastor Barb Cook officiated. Burial was in the Calvary Cemetery in Prairie du Chien. Friends may call at the church on Saturday from 9 a.m. until the time of services. The Garrity Funeral Home of Prairie du Chien is assisting the family. To leave online condolences, visit

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