Von Eschen, Clarence A. 90, Bloomington, passed away of natural causes on November 28 at Abbott Northwestern Hospital. He was preceded in death by his parents, Clarence and Annabelle Von Eschen; brothers, David and John Von Eschen; sister, Marie Von Eschen Reis (Mike.) He is survived by his loving and supportive wife of 65 years, Avis; six children, Paula Von Eschen, Plymouth, MN, Penny Von Eschen (Kevin), Charlottesville, VA, Pamela Von Eschen (Rick), Los Angeles, CA, Patrice Von Eschen, (David), Santa Fe, NM, John Von Eschen (Beth), St. Louis Park, MN, MaryAnn Von Eschen Fox (Kevin) Rosemount, MN; seven grandchildren, Alex Kushner, Maceo Gaines, Luke, Lauren and Mitchell Von Eschen, Kelson and Connor Fox; sisters, Sally Waltman (Alf) Aberdeen, SD and Nancy Jepesen (Bud), Rapid City, SD; and many caring and loving nieces and nephews. Clarence was always interested in learning about the world around him. Following time in the Marine Corps, he started his professional life as an educator, teaching in a one-room school house in South Dakota. He received his Bachelors and Masters Degrees from Northern Teachers College (now Northern University). He taught in Aberdeen, SD, then moved to Bloomington, MN in 1960 where he taught sixth grade for three years. For the next 30 years, he served as an Elementary Principal in the Bloomington Public Schools and retired in 1991. He was an educational innovator who developed human relations programs and facilitated international staff exchanges. Clarence worked as a volunteer in organizing sports programs for both youth and adults with the City of Bloomington, and coached baseball, softball, and basketball for many years. His hobbies included gardening, golfing, rock collecting, and playing bridge. After retirement, he continued his interest in sports, participating in multiple softball, golfing, and bocce ball leagues. He and Avis also enjoyed traveling extensively, renewing previously established international friendships. Clarence had a kind and giving nature and will be dearly missed. Memorials can be made to the Education Foundation of Bloomington or the charity of your choice. A memorial service for Clarence will be held during the summer months at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church.

Published on December 6, 2020