OBITUARY

Robert Alan Clasen

February 11, 1963July 12, 2021

Robert Alan Clasen, 58, of Belton, MO went to be with our lord and savior on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Belton Regional Hospital, in Belton. He was born February 11, 1963 in Emporia, KS., the son of Richard “Dick” and Linnie Clasen.

He graduated from Topeka West High School in 1981, where he was active in football, theater and choir; while simultaneously earning the rank of Eagle Scout. He earned his bachelor’s degree in journalism from Kansas State University in 1988.

On May 9, 1987, he was united in marriage to Kelly McKenzie in Manhattan, KS. He worked for K-mart for 24 years before taking a position with BNSF Railway, where he worked as a conductor/switch-man for the last 17 years. He was a member of K- State alumni, Alpha Phi Omega Alumni and the K-State alumni choir. He was also a leader in the Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of America and an active member of his church, where he served as church board secretary and all around handyman.

Robert was a man of God, always leading his family and many others by God’s word. He took the lead in any situation, when the need arose. Above all things, Robert cherished his family and close friends. He lived his life to the fullest and his laugh was always one you could pick out in a crowd.

He served as comic relief at many functions and had the ability to calm any situation down. The only time this was questionable was when he was behind the wheel, as he entered the NASCAR speedway and felt he had to beat the time provided by GPS. He was an avid Star Trek fan, and never missed a chance to explain why Star Trek was better than Star Wars. “Aye Captain, I’m given her all she’s got.”

Honoring his generous wish, the gift of life was shared with many people in need through organ and tissue donation.

He is survived by his wife Kelly, of the home; four children, Laureese “Reese” Greene and husband Mike of Norfolk, VA; Katrina “Katie” Collins and boyfriend Will Peterson of Belton, MO; Marjorie “Maggie” Clasen of NAS Lemoore, CA; and Robert “Robbie” Clasen Jr. and wife Samantha of Mount Vernon, MO; five sisters, Kathy Schwar and husband Bill of Sun City West, AZ.; Shari Hendrickson and husband Jim of Olathe, KS; Rebecca Schultz and husband Tim of Park City, KS; Robin Wunderlich and husband Wes of Eureka, KS and Annette Friery and husband Brian of Cartersville, GA; nine grandchildren, Jennifer, Anderson, Mackenzie, Mya, Matthew, Jackson, Connor, Adelaide and Alaric; mother-in-law Sherry Stokes of Belton, MO; and two uncles, David Clasen of Seattle, WA; and Ernie Hicks and wife Gail of Olathe, KS; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents Linnie and Steve Norsworthy and Richard and Rachel Clasen; one brother, Eric Norsworthy and infant sister, Regina Clasen.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made in his name to Belton New Horizons Church of the Nazarene.

A celebration of life was held on Saturday, July 17, at 4 p.m. at the New Horizons Church of the Nazarene, 17200 Chestnut Dr, Belton, MO 64012.

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  • Visitation

    Saturday, July 17, 2021

  • Funeral

    Saturday, July 17, 2021

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Martin Hirsch

July 18, 2021

Dear Reese,
We are truly sorry to hear of the loss of your Father. Please accept our condolences and may our prayers help comfort you.

The Hirsch Family

Cammie Doherty

July 16, 2021

I grew up with Robert, and his sisters, Shari, and Kathy. My thoughts, and prayers go out to all of Robert's family. I have a lot of fond memories from school, and years gone by. May God bless you all during this time of grief, and sadness.

Sincerely,
Cammie Doherty

Teresa Wortham-Osorio

July 16, 2021

My sincerest sympathies to Robert's family. I remember Robert from high school and he was always so gracious and kind. I loved his gift for singing. I imagine this is a difficult loss and my thoughts and prayers are with you. I have faith that you will be reunited again and it will be a joyous day. God Bless.

David Cheatham

July 16, 2021

I want you to know that my thoughts and prayers are with you. May God bless and comfort you and your family
With warmest regards,
Dave

Alec Schutz

July 15, 2021

When I was a young kid i remember riding to summer camp with him in his purple grand AM I believe it was anyways he went fast around all the crazy curves on the way to camp and now I live out there and when I drive those same curves now I think of him. Robert was a great leader that had and taught good work ethic and if you wanted it all you had to do way try, also some will get it but the cake eater chair all those year is probably what he’s sitting in now enjoying that electric fan in the hills of Osceola, Rest In Peace my friend you were a great man to learn from.

Bonnie Hastie

July 15, 2021

My thoughts and prayers are with your family. What loss of a wonderful, talented, fun, lovable man.
I have many fond memories of him and Kelly plus family esp. mother in law....
Fred and I both valued his friendship (give him my love) as you sing in heaven together!!

Matt Little

July 15, 2021

I worked with Robert many times on the railroad. He was great man to work with. He was always positive and had great attitude and always made the shifts easier to get thru. Sorry for your loss.

Jeff McGhehey

July 15, 2021

I met Robert in choir at K-State in 1982 and was fortunate to sing with him for 5 years. What a voice! But, more importantly, a genuinely kind and fun person. His singing of Surrey with the Fringe on Top from Oklahoma is still in my mind 35 years later. What a gift! He and Kelly also traveled with the choir to Europe after they married. What a great time and memories! We were able to reconnect occasionally throughout the years, always due to music and K-State Choir. My prayers are with Robert’s family for God’s comfort and support.

David Thompson

July 15, 2021

Rob was one of my favorite people with whom to work at the railroad. Great attitude from a great human.

Sandi Rhodes

July 15, 2021

Dick and I lived in Belton 2004 to 2011. We sat with Robert and Kelly in church and enjoyed his beautiful warm smile weekly. His voice when he sang is a memory still. Say Hi to Dick for me.

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