Harry F. Kluever

2/11/1925 – 6/16/2011

Harry F. Kluever, 86, originally of Okebena, MN, died Thursday, June 16, 2011, at home, in Valley Springs, SD.

Memorial services will be held at 10:30 am, Saturday, June 25, 2011, at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Okabena, MN with Reverend Dan Deardorf officiating.

Harry Ferdinand Kluever was born February 11, 1925 in Russell, MN. He was the son of Harry Kluever Sr. and Emma (Kramer) Kluever. He was raised on a farm near Worthington and when he was 15 years old his father passed away and he took over farming.

He was united in marriage with Elvera Middlestadt on October 1, 1944 in Worthington MN. Following their marriage, the couple farmed in Nobles County, MN for six years until moving to a farm in west Heron Lake Township. In 1955 they moved to an acreage near Okabena, MN and they bought 80 acres in farmland which he still has today.

Harry loved farming and was happiest on his tractor. He worked in the local co-op for many years. For 30 years Harry drove bus for the Okabena Public School System. His true passion was being around his 2 girls and grandchildren, even being tired from the day he would always find time to play with his girls. His grandchildren remember grandpa playing Barbie’s with them, building a playhouse and go-cart, going fishing down at the creek, building a mound of snow with his tractor for sledding. Harry was a very selfless person always willing to help out others.

In his early years he enjoyed being down at his cabin in Arnolds Park, Iowa, with his daughters, dancing on Friday nights with his wife and friends, and playing cards. In his better years he enjoyed traveling in his RV with his wife and visiting his daughters and grandchildren. Harry passed away on June 16, 2011 with his daughters by his side. He was 86 years old. He can now Plow the Fields of Heaven.

Those left to cherish his memories are his daughter and son in law, Deb and Randy Baumann of Valley Springs, SD, his daughter Diana Curry of Spencer IA.; Sister in law Jeannie and husband Eugene Schmitz, nephew Robert Schmitz; Grandchildren, Bridget and husband Brandon of Sibley IA, Jessica and husband Joel of Nampa ID, Nathan of Tea SD, Heather and husband Mitch of Sioux Falls SD, Ashley Baumann of Valley Springs SD, Krystle Baumann of Valley Springs SD, Shon and wife Jessica of Spencer IA, Joshua of Spencer IA; and Five Great Grandchildren, Bryce, Cade, Ethan, Lauren, Tyler, and 2 great grand baby girls due in July.

He was preceded in death by his beloved wife Elvera, two sisters, and his parents.

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  • Beverly Wessel Crockett says:

    I’m the sister of Merle Wessel,our parents being Helene(Kluever)& Harvey Wessel. I wish to extend my deepest sympathy to the family.

    Beverly Crockett, Scottsdale, AZ

  • Merle Wessel says:

    My mother, Helene Kluever Wessel was Harry’s father’s sister. Like my sister I offer by deepest synpathy to the family for your loss. You all are in my thoughts and prayers. May these few words serve as an expression of sincere sympathy to your family

    Merle Wessel
    Phoenix, Arizona

  • Norman W Kluever says:

    I am a son of Walter J Kluever. My father,Walter was a brother of Harry Sr.
    My deepest sympathy is extended to the family. My Dad and mother,Ann, always enjoyed
    visting with HArry Jr, when they could be there. I ,also, enjoyed the visits
    to see Harry and Elvera.
    Norman Kluever
    Ankeny,Iowa.

  • Lori Wollman says:

    Deb,
    We are so sorry for your loss. Your father’s obituary was so touching. He sounded like such a wonderful father and person. Our deepest sympathy to your family. Lori & Jeff Luverne, MN

  • Judy Teeple says:

    Deb, Diane, and family,

    I extend my deepest sympathy to you in your loss. I always enjoyed visiting with your mom and dad when they came to Iowa to visit my parents, Walter and Ann Kluever. My dad, Walter, was a brother to Harry, Sr. and always enjoyed lively conversations with your dad about farming. Elvera was a joy to be around, always friendly and happy. May your memories ease the pain of losing them. They left a wonderful heritage for you.

    Love,
    Judy Teeple
    Davenport, Iowa

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