By Heather Lusk
The Boone County Sheriff’s Dept. was stunned by the sudden loss of communications officer Amy Clouse, who died at her Westfield home Aug. 3.
She had been with the department for 21 years and was hired by Boone County Sheriff Mike Nielsen, who announced her passing through a Facebook post on Aug. 4
Clouse’s husband, Westfield police department detective Scott Clouse, lost a battle with lung cancer in August 2015. Scott Clouse was previously a jailer in Boone County also hired by Nielsen.
“The Clouse family has always been close to our heart,” Nielsen said. “They were both dedicated public servants.”
She leaves behind a 15-year-old daughter, Izzy. Members of the Boone County Sheriff’s Office surprised Izzy at the State Fair on Aug. 6 when she was showing her goat and finished with a third place ribbon.
Izzy told media at the fair that her parents would have wanted her to show the animals.
“We’ve got to be there to support Izzy in any way possible,” Nielsen said. The plan to support her at the fair came together after the funeral service of Southport Police Dept. Lt. Aaron Allan on Aug. 5.
“This is a family,” Nielsen said. “The message was sent very clearly that the BCSO family is there for her no matter what struggles in the future she may have.”
The cause of death has not been reported. Despite past health issues, Nielsen said everything was fine and the death was unexpected.
“It was just a heartbreaking situation, I can’t put it into words,” Nielsen said. “We’re Izzy Strong now.”
Visitation for Amy Clouse will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Aug. 14 at Strawmyer & Drury Mortuary, 2400 N. Lebanon St., in Lebanon with services the following day.
Memorial contributions in her name may be made to Relay for Life of Hamilton County, 5635 W. 96th St., Suite 100, Indianapolis, IN 46278 or to Isabelle Clouse, c/o North Salem State Bank, P.O. Box 803, Lebanon, IN 46052.