Clair Tschirgi

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May 29, 1943-August 13, 2019

Clair Francis Tschirgi, 76, of rural Elkader, passed away Tuesday, August 13, 2019, at Mercy One Elkader Medical Center. Clair attended school at St. Joseph’s through 8th grade, then transferred to and graduated from Central High School with the Class of 1962.
He was a farmer and mechanic – farming the family farm south of Elkader. He had the title of the “Neighborhood Mechanic.” If he did not have time to fix a vehicle for you, he would tell you how to do it. He loved tractors and attending the annual Plagman Barn event. Clair loved all Fords and Ford Tractors; he especially enjoyed his Ford pickup.

Clair was an avid animal lover who enjoyed feeding the birds and turkeys. He dearly loved his farm cats. His greatest joy was the time spent with family and friends chatting at the kitchen table over cookies and a Pepsi.
Clair was a lifelong member of St. Joseph Catholic Church and a Board Member of the George Maier Rural Heritage Center and Museum.

He is survived by his brother, Jan Tschirgi of Edgewood; sister-in-law, Viola Tschirgi of Cedar Rapids; nieces and nephews Patti (Dave) Sampson, Barb (Doug) Miller, and Jean (Randy) Erb, all of Cedar Rapids, Mike (Audrey) Tschirgi of Monona, Lissa Tschirgi of Strawberry Point, Mark (Julie) Tschirgi of Elkader, Matt (Jeremy Halverson) Tschirgi of McGregor; numerous great nieces and great nephews and many friends.

Clair was preceded in death by his parents and three brothers, Alois (died in infancy), Verdeen and Karl.

Visitation was held from 9 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. on Friday, August 16, 2019, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader. A Mass of Resurrection was held at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, August 16, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Elkader with Rev. John Haugen as celebrant. Interment followed at St. Joseph Catholic Cemetery, Elkader.

Leonard-Grau Funeral Home & Cremation Service is assisting the family. Online condolences may be left with

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