Covell Funeral Home

232 East State Street, Traverse City, MI


Paul F. Clous

July 24, 1961July 4, 2020

Paul Francis Clous, of Traverse City, died on July 4, 2020; he was 58 years old. Born July 24, 1961 to parents August and Beverly (Kroetsch) Clous, Paul grew up in the Traverse City area and enjoyed everything the region had to offer. As a young man, he helped his dad build a house on the Duck Lake Peninsula and took full advantage of the amenities by water skiing, fishing, camping (from the comfort of a cabin) and developed a passion for the relaxation of campfires that would be a source of comfort to him for life. Paul attended St. Francis High School where he met - and became inseparable from - Jolene Larson. Although he graduated in 1979, their engagement lasted ten years. That period was no doubt the cause of the endearing teasing the couple weathered when they announced their wedding would take place on April fool’s day, 1989. While engaged, Paul attended Rets Electronic Institute in Grand Rapids; however, when he learned that jobs in that industry would take him from his beloved Northern Michigan life, he went home and worked as a Kitchen Manager at Interlochen Center for the Arts until his passing. Jolene, who loved him with all her heart and soul, and son, Curtis, will remember Paul as a kind, gentle man with a huge heart who gave the best hugs. Paul is also survived by his mother, Beverly; his siblings, James, Alan, Jean and Thomas and his nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, August. Visitation will be on Thursday, July 9 from 5-8 followed by a funeral service the next day, Friday, July 10 at 1:00, officiated by Pastor Chris Lane, at Covell Funeral Home in Traverse City. Interment will immediately follow at Grand Traverse Memorial Gardens. Arrangements are entrusted to Covell Funeral Home, Traverse City.


  • Visitation

    Thursday, July 9, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, July 10, 2020

  • Committal Service

    Friday, July 10, 2020


Paul F. Clous

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Holly Savage

July 8, 2020

My Heart hurts to hear this news. Paul was an Awesome Man. We joked back & forth in the kitchen at Interlochen everyday we were working together. He taught me things along the way. He was kind & seemed to go the extra mile for his food & soups to be absolutely DELICIOUS!
He will be TRULY missed by many. Never forgotten by all that got the chance to meet the Big Guy!
Sending my thoughts to his Beautiful wife and son Curt. It was a true pleasure knowing that Man.
Gone too Soon...... 💔🌹

Kenneth Stephens

July 8, 2020

I was very blessed to have been able to know Paul. A big man with a kind, gentle heart.

Paul enjoyed the simple pleasures of life.....a campfire, hanging with friends, sharing stores, and the beauty of a lake.

My thoughts and prayers are with Jolene, Curt and the rest of the Clous family during this difficult time.

God bless,

Ken Stephens

Rhonda Gillespie

July 8, 2020

I am so sorry to hear of Paul’s passing he was a very nice guy and always gave the best hugs you will be missed I enjoyed coming over on Friday nights for dinner and drinks Joleen and curt you are in my thoughts and prayers during this difficult time your friend always love Rhonda Gillespie

Bridget Swiler

July 7, 2020

I will always remember Paul greeting me with a big smile and an even bigger hug. He was a giant of a man with a heart that matched his stature. Our boys became fast friends in elementary school and lucky for us we also became friends with Paul and Jolene. He was a great friend to so many. He always had something to say that would put a smile on your face. I will miss our Friday nights with him and Jolene, listening to music and enjoying our time together.

Kathy Cook-Johnston

July 7, 2020

Paul was always a gentleman, quick with a joke and he had an ease about him, he always made you feel calm and collected. He was one of the first people in the kitchen to really show me how anything was done. Paul would always look at me with a great big smile first and say now don’t remember any of this. This is my secret garlic soup recipe or whatever we happen to be making. He always made work fun and He was a great conversationalist. Paul was highly intelligent. We talked about everything and anything. He will be greatly missed. My heart is with you always. Kathy CJ🌸🌸

Brian McCall

July 7, 2020

Paul was a gentleman. Always patient with everyone who needed their request done right then—he made it happen. I’m going to miss him in Stone when we return to Interlochen. Rest In Peace Paul.

Pracilla Venhuizen

July 7, 2020

I think of Paul sitting kicked back in one of the chairs in Stone Cafeteria during an off time when not many people were in the building. Big smile and talking to others.

I did not know him well, but I knew he was a landmark of this incredible place we work. He will be missed.

May his family be filled with love during this difficult time

Andy Skerik

July 7, 2020

I asked Paul to contribute to an Interlochen employee newsletter for fundraising in 2017. Here is what he said:

Paul Clous: Feeding the Arts

“I was asked, ‘Why do you donate to Interlochen’ … This was kind of a tough question for me. I guess I really didn’t have a good reason that I could immediately come up with. I thought about this for the rest of the day at work. I remember when the Campaign started I heard/read that if all full-time employees donated a small amount of money (I can’t remember the exact amount) and what it would add up to I was impressed. I thought I can do this. And I did.

While we were serving lunch in the cafeteria that day and saw all the young kids moving about I thought wow this would not happen for them without Interlochen. I am a Grand Traverse native. I grew up across the lake from Lochaven. I never really knew about Interlochen, although you sure could hear the drums this time of year. I never knew I would end up working at such a beautiful place for more than 30 years.

I have a lot to be thankful to Interlochen for.

I guess it was time to show some appreciation back and donate. I hope my donation will help those who are under-privileged and have the tremendous talents to be accepted to Interlochen but can’t afford it.

I guess you could say ‘I feed the arts.’”

Paul Clous, Kitchen Manager, Dining Services

Thank you so much Paul.

Kim LeBlanc

July 7, 2020

So sorry for your loss. I didn’t know Paul that well but he always had a smile and hello when I saw him in the cafeteria at work. We will miss him! ❤️

Deb Wooters

July 6, 2020

Great fond fun memories whenever with Paul along with his sincere kindness. May you rest in peace now!