Clyde David Staus, 70, passed away on May 16 surrounded by his family.
Clyde was born on April 18, 1953, in Minot, ND to Michael and Genevieve (Marthe) Staus and was the youngest of three children. Clyde was raised in Karlsruhe, ND. It was there he met the love of his life, Julie Madcke, where they attended Karlsruhe High School. He always prided himself on finishing in the top 12 of his class. Clyde followed in his father’s and grandfather’s footsteps and started his 41 year career for the Burlington Northern Railway in 1972. On May 11, 1974, Clyde married his high school sweetheart at Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Karlsruhe, ND. Shortly thereafter, they started their family having three adoring children. They moved to Fargo, ND in 1984 when Clyde took a promotion, or maybe it was the thunder calling him. He soon developed what was to be a lifelong passion for NDSU Bison athletics. What started with tailgating at Dakota Field turned into being named President of NDSU Team Makers, a position he was very proud of. In 1998 Clyde and Julie traded in city life for lake life, only to end up in the desert when they moved to Phoenix, AZ in 2019. Clyde was a hard worker and a storyteller. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great friend. But most of all, he was a fighter. Clyde fought until his last breath to make sure he was able to see his family together one last time.
He is preceded in death by his Mom and Dad. He is survived by his wife Julie, three children and his greatest joy, his eight grandchildren. Chad (Jo), Sydney and Annabelle Staus of Cando, ND, Lance (Rebecca), Miles, Waylan and Savannah Staus of St Michael, MN, Misty (Aaron), Dylan, Olivia and Lola Westover of Conroe, TX. He is also survived by his brother Kasy (Chere) Staus of Bismarck, ND and sister Vera (friend Brenda Keller) Staus of Battlement Mesa, CO, sister-in-law Debra (Les) Specht of Spiritwood, ND, brothers-in-law Mark Madcke and Kevin Madcke of Edgeley, ND, aunts, uncles and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.
A memorial will be held at El Zagel Shrine 1400 Elm St North Fargo, ND on June 15th at 2:00 followed by a celebration of life from 2:30-5:00. Everyone is welcome to wear their favorite Bison attire to celebrate Clyde.
In lieu of flowers, any gifts received will be donated to NDSU Team Makers and Mayo Clinic on Clyde’s behalf.