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Robert L. Clute Obituary
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Robert L. Clute  
Robert L. Clute, 64, died June 7 peacefully surrounded by family and friends at South Peninsula Hospital. A memorial bench dedication and recognition of his navy service will be held 7 p.m. Monday, July 1, at the Homer Boat Harbor Launch Ramp where he liked to watch the boats go in and out of the water.

Mr. Clute was born February 16, 1938 to Edward and Florence Clute in Hazel Park, Michigan. He proudly served in the U.S. Navy on the USS Damato # 871.

Mr. Clute moved to Alaska in April 1972 and lived in Haines, Seward, Anchorage and finally settled in Two Rivers. Mr. Clute worked as a carpenter and camp cook while building houses on his own. He spent many happy years building dogsleds and running his own dog team in Two Rivers and helping with local races and Junior Mushers. Mr. Clute loved hunting, fishing and woodworking. Mr. Clute was a wonderful husband, father and grandfather. He loved teaching those around him any of the skills that he could. In 2000, Mr. Clute and his family moved south to Homer to warmer weather and better fishing. His time since he moved to Homer was active and exciting: fishing for halibut on the water, exploring new bays and building a new house and greenhouse business with his wife, Tracy. He spent hours watching the mountains he loved and wished he could still climb them.

Last winter the family took a long-awaited trip to Michigan to visit family and friends. He took this time to show his children where he grew up and spent time as a youngster.

His family said, "Bob was loved by many and will be missed by all. He touched everyone he met by sharing his stories and special sense of humor. He is still sharing as his family has given the gift of life to others through organ and tissue donation."

Mr. Clute was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Florence Clute, and

his sister Marilyn Mangan of Michigan. He is survived by his wife Tracy Clute, and son Robert Clute of Homer; sister Marjorie Wirebaugh, his sons Russell and Charles and daughter Cathy Scarrow, all of Michigan. He is also survived by seven grandchildren.

Memorial donations may be sent to: Tracy Clute 57701 East End Road, Homer, Alaska 99603.