Daniel C. Clumpner, May 7, 1944 - September 2, 2018

Daniel C. Clumpner
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Daniel Craig Clumpner, 74, of New Auburn, WI died Sunday, September 2, 2018 at Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. 

Dan was born on May 7, 1944 to Alva and Josephine Clumpner in Chippewa Falls, WI.  He graduated from Tomah High School and received his Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering from North Dakota State University. 

Dan was an active businessman and civic leader in the Eau Claire area for the past 40 years.  He was the principal and co-owner of Commonweal Development Corporation, President of Keystone Corporation, and co-manager of Haymarket Concepts, LLC.  Dan served on several boards and committees throughout his professional career including the Confluence Council, Eau Claire City Plan Commission, past Chairman of the Eau Claire Chamber of Commerce, past Board Member of the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Foundation, Director of Nova Molecular Technologies, past Director of Mayo Health System and past President of United Way. 

Dan was many things to many people; a loving husband and partner, proud father and grandfather, loyal friend, respected colleague, knowledgeable mentor, and gifted negotiator.  He was the cornerstone of his family, providing leadership, compassion and always an element of fun.  Dan was an avid Packer/Badger/Brewer fan and enjoyed spending time with family and friends on Long Lake, fantasy football, Canadian fishing trips, poker night, and hunting on the family acreage near Sparta, WI. 

Dan is survived by his beloved wife of 22 years, Sonya, their five children by blended family; Craig of Colorado Springs, CO, Shannon Bignell of Menomonie, WI, Darren (Kristi) Clumpner of Portland, Oregon, Tyler (Liz) Ellison, Captiva, FL, and Tiffany Ellison of Madison, WI. Grandchildren Delaney and Teagan Bignell, Sam, Ryan, and Charlotte Clumpner, Abigail, Olivia and Lucas Schneider, Toby, Erik, and Kate Ellison; brother Mike (Rina) of Sturgeon Bay, WI and sister Kathleen of La Crosse, WI, several cousins, nieces, nephews and close friends. 

A Celebration of Life gathering will take place Today, Thursday, September 6, 2018 at the Pablo Center at the Confluence, 128 Graham Avenue Eau Claire, WI 54701 from 2-4 pm.  Please arrive at the main lobby for directions to the Celebration. Inurnment will take place at a later date in the Roselawn Memorial Park Cemetery Monona, WI.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in Daniel's name to Pablo-bilities Access Tickets fund, to serve low to moderate income families ticket availability.

Friends and family may offer condolences online at www.hulkefamilyfh.com.

Hulke Family Funeral Home, 3209 Rudolph Road, Eau Claire, WI 54701 is assisting the family with the arrangements.


  1. Bill McCullough September 10, 2018

    Sonya & Family; I am deeply saddened by news of Dan’s death. He was a Man of Substance who left an indelible, yet kind and caring footprint in his Community and in the lives of many. As you may recall, I was fortunate to have known Dan and you professionally through our insurance work together. I will always remember and hold Dan in high regard for all of his diligence in making our Community a Better place.
    I am sorry to have been out of town for Dan’s Service, but my thoughts and Prayers were with you and your Family on that day, and continue for days in the future.
    “Blessed are the people who walk in the light of your countenance “. Psalm 89:15 NASB,

    Bill McCullough
    133 Canterbury Rd.
    Eau Claire, Wi. 54701

  2. Jim and Kathy Lewis September 9, 2018

    Extending our sincere sympathy to the Clumpner family at the passing of Dan, whom we would have loved to have met. To have been such a loving brother to our friend Mike, we know he was a special man. May God's peace and blessing be with your families.

  3. Neil collins September 7, 2018

    We are very sorry for your loss. Dan was a wonderful guy, committed to everything he did. I instantly hit it off with him a few years back and held in the highest regard. We had some fun times together. Best wishes, Neil, Susie, Keira and Kirsty Collins.

  4. Pastor Amy Odgren September 6, 2018

    Sonya and family,
    I am so sorry to hear about Dan's death. What a kind, gentle and wise man. He was such a good leader - showing compassion and care for the community of Eau Claire, his church and the world. I will remember the twinkle in his eyes as he received communion over the years, ever sure to say "thank you" each time. All of you are surrounded by prayer and love. May God's promises give you strength and hope now and in the days ahead. Amy

  5. David McCabe September 5, 2018

    My heartfelt condolences to the Clumpner family. Our company has worked for Dan on many projects through the years. He was the ultimate professional, provided sound advice, and always paused for a friendly chat. It has been a privilege to have known him.

  6. Larry T. Milligan Sr. September 5, 2018

    To the entire Clumpner Family... my Prayers are with you all in this time of bereavement. May the entire family find peace and courage to face the days ahead. Always remember that God is present with you at all times

  7. Dominique Thevenin September 5, 2018

    I only met Dan a couple of times through common friends but I heard what a great man he was. I am thinking of Sonya and family and sending condolences to you all!

  8. Ron & Kay Johnson September 5, 2018

    Sonja, Ron and I were deeply saddened by Dan's passing. He was always so kind and caring and a great friend. Ron will miss their lunch dates and getting his lefse during the holidays. We plan to be there tomorrow.

  9. Sharon and Terry Larkin September 5, 2018

    Sonya and family, We are so sorry to hear the sad news of Dan’s passing. We will always remember his kind nature. Please know although we will not be able to attend the services, you and your family will be in our prayers.

  10. Janice Prielipp Miller September 4, 2018

    Sorry to hear of Dans passing. I hopehis life was full and happy---

  11. John Muldoon September 4, 2018

    Sonya and family: I’m so sorry to hear about Dan! I had no idea that he was ill. I just saw him a couple of weeks ago. You and he were always a pleasure to wait on in our store. He definitely did a lot of good for Eau Claire.

  12. Russell VanGompel September 4, 2018

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to Sonya and family. Mary Jo and I will miss the time we shared with Dan and Sonya. Dan was one of two or three developers that I worked with during my career that I respected and valued his opinions and thoughts. It was a pleasure and honor to know and work with Dan. May he rest in peace.

  13. Phil Johnson September 4, 2018

    Sonya and Family, It was my pleasure to have known Dan and see how much he helped everyone around him. The whole community will miss this great man

  14. Billy and Brucie Blackburn September 4, 2018

    Please accept our sincerest apologies for your loss. Your family is with us in thought and prayer during this difficult time. May the memories give you comfort during this time.

  15. Ronald Rohn September 4, 2018

    I think my son Ryan said it all after we meet with Dan this past fall...Dan is really a nice guy. ….I know that I shall have a empty space with his leaving us but also that sometime we will meet again with Al and do some fishing and play cards...

  16. Duane Pederson September 4, 2018

    Sonya and family: Dan was one of the most patient and wise persons I've ever known. He was a rock of support to me at First Lutheran Church and his guiding hand left imprints on The Meadows and the Foundation. I loved lunch with him at Sweetwaters, I will never forget your wedding at Fanny Hill, and your hospitality at the lake was warm and memorable. I miss him. I miss all of you. May the peace of Christ and the promise of the resurrection give you strength in the days ahead. Duane

  17. Mel & Leann Breed September 4, 2018

    Our hearts ache. Please know we will be thinking of all the Clumpner family on September 6 even though we will be in Ireland. We hope your fond memories bring you comfort and peace!