Phoenix: Wayne H. Clouser, known as “Mr. C”, a well known Certified Public Accountant, age 89, passed peacefully Thursday, August 4, 2022, in hospice care surrounded by loving family. He was preceded in death by his wife, Bernice, of 59 years and they were blessed with three children, Andrew (Robertha), Gloria, and Leigh Shaffer (Jack), 8 grandchildren and several loving great grandchildren.
Wayne was born in Modoc, Indiana, on October 2, 1932, into a family of 13 children. Ambitious and a great student in high school, he also enjoyed sports, participating as Basketball Team Manager. He worked on the family farm, surrounding farms and at a chicken processing plant. Enabling him to purchase his own home before the age of 18.
Unfortunately, a farming accident caused hearing loss in both ears due to poor medical care at the time. He was able to regain his hearing after an operation later in life. After being diagnosed with another medical condition, asthma, he pulled up stakes and moved to Tucson, Arizona in 1950. There he met Bernice and they started to build a family together.
He enrolled at Lamson Business College where he graduated top in his class and was encouraged to attend the University of Arizona by his professor. At the UofA, he graduated in 1960 with honors and was President of Alpha Kappa Psi, a business fraternity. After graduation, he was offered a position at the number 5 accounting firm nationally, Arthur Andersen. He and Bernice resigned their part time jobs in Tucson and moved with the children to Phoenix where Arthur Andersen was based.
After 2 years with Arthur Andersen, Wayne ventured out on his own, leasing an office and then purchasing a building in 1962 where he completed 59 years of accounting service. Due to health reasons, he retired and sold his business in early 2021.
Wayne’s career while rewarding and accomplished, he still found time to give back to the community. He served on the Phoenix School Board, Treasurer for the Phoenix Little Theater, President of the VESTA Club, Toastmasters participant, served on the Arizona/Mexico Commission and the Arizona Institute of Certified Public Accountants.
Faith was important to Wayne and Bernice who were members of the Biltmore Nazarene Church and later attended the Pinchot Hispanic Church of the Nazarene. He drove the church van for several years and served on the Southwest Latin American District as Treasurer.
Wayne survived many challenges and fought many battles but surviving 3 different forms of cancer was insurmountable. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the American Cancer Society or Hospice of the Valley.
Wayne H. Clouser, a man of courage, generosity, dedication, a friend to many and loved by all. A life well lived!
Visitation will be held on Sunday, August 28, 2022 from 4:00-7:00 PM at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home. Memorial Service will be held on Monday, August 29, 2022 at 10:00 AM at Whitney & Murphy Funeral Home, 4800 E. Indian School Road, Phoenix. Reception will immediately follow from 11 AM – 1:00 PM. Burial will take place at 1:30 PM, all are invited to join in procession to Green Acres Cemetery, 401 N. Hayden Road, Scottsdale.