LuVerne Richard Klemz

L. Klemz Obit PhotoLuVerne Richard Klemz, 82, of Braham, passed away Friday, April 5, 2013 at his home in Braham.

LuVerne “Vern” was born on June 20, 1930 in Silver Creek, Minn. to Herman and Clara (Krueger) Klemz. He was confirmed in Silver Creek at an early age. His family moved to Monticello for several years, then to Minneapolis.

Vern joined the Navy in 1948 and served until 1952. On June 9, 1956, he married Lucille “Lou” Goedert. The couple had five children. The family lived in Vadnais Heights for several years and then moved to Coon Rapids. In 1969, they moved to a farm northwest of Grasston. In 1990, they moved to Isanti for three years. After this, they settled in Braham.

In his early years, Vern’s jobs consisted of cement tender, house mover, and auto mechanic. He began working for Minneapolis Moline as a diesel mechanic, then advanced to plant electrician and ended in research and development.

Vern’s family was his whole life. He adored children and was always holding the babies. Vern enjoyed music and played guitar and sang at family gatherings. He loved to read, hunt, fish and visit with family and friends. He could fix anything.

Vern was preceded in death by his parents, 2 brothers, 6 sisters, and a baby son.

He is survived by his wife, Lucille “Lou,” and children; Cathy (Gary) Lidke, Ann Klemz, Richard (Barb) Klemz, Daniel (Jonelle) Klemz; 6 grandchildren; 8 great-grandchildren; other loving relatives and friends.

A funeral service will be held Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at 10 a.m. at Saints Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Braham, Minn. Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Tuesday, April 9, 2013 at the Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church on Wednesday. Father Nicholas Zimmer and Deacon Tom Pinataro will officiate. Music will be provided by Joni Nelson and Marie Grundberg. Pallbearers are Julie Jarnot, Levi Lidke, Brett Klemz, Stephanie Klemz, Cody Klemz, and Drew Klemz. Interment is at Fort Snelling National Cemetery in Minneapolis. Arrangements by Rock-Ingebrand Funeral Home in Braham.