Victor Arnold Klaustemeier

Funeral services were held Wednesday, Oct. 22, 1997 for Victor A. Klaustermeier, age 68 of Lester Prairie.

Services were officiated by the Rev. Randell Tonn and the Rev. Tom Evans at the St. Paul Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. Jane Holasek was the organist for the service. Congregational hymns were " Jesus Lead Thou On," "I'm But A Stranger Here," and "What A Friend We Have In Jesus."

Interment was in the church cemetery. Casketbearers were David Anderson, Brian Honebrink, Arlo Henning, Tom Luebke, William Klott and Dale Molnou. St. Paul's Board of Elders: Charles Reed, David Hoernemann, Steven Kuenzel, Donald Hoof and Vernon Christenson served as honorary casketbearers. The Lester Prairie Legion and Color Guard held services at the cemetery.

Visitation was held at the Paul-McBride Funeral Home Tuesday night with a prayer service at 7:30 p.m.

Victor Arnold Klaustermeier was born the son of Arnold and Gertrude (Dose) Klaustermeier on Aug. 29, 1929 in Bergen Township of McLeod County, Minn. He was baptized at St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie Sept. 8, 1929 by the Rev. Arthur Spleiss. Victor was later confirmed there on April 18, 1943 by the Rev. Stahlke.

Victor attended the St. Paul's Lutheran Elementary School and later the Lester Prairie High School. On March 16, 1951. He was united in marriage with Florence Bettcher at St. Peter Lutheran Church parsonage in Lester Prairie by the Rev. William Erb. That same year on March 23, Victor entered the United States Army where he had served until being honorably discharged Jan. 15, 1953. He received the Korean Service Medal with two Bronze Service Stars as well as the United Nations Service Medal. From 1953 through 1955 Victor and Florence farmed near Waconia. They then moved to their present farm in Lester Prairie where they have farmed for 42 years.

For eight years he was a leader of the Bergen Busy Bees 4-H Club. He also was a member of the Jaycees, past president and director of the Minnesota Guernsey Association, past school board member of Lester Prairie District 424 and a member of the two cylinder tractor club in Silver Lake.

Victor was an active member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church serving as a building committee member, elder and trustee.

He took pride in his 50 years of showing his Guernsey cattle at the Minnesota State Fair, at the World Dairy Expo in Madison, Wisc., and at the county fair. Victor loved being with his family and grandchildren. He enjoyed playing sheephead with his family and anything that dealt with farming.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, 1997, Victor Arnold Klaustermeier entered eternal rest at the St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester at the age of 68 years, one month and 19 days.

He is survived by his wife, Florence of Lester Prairie; sons: Allen Klaustermeier and wife, Kathy of St. Cloud and Mark Klaustermeier of Lester Prairie, as well as grandchildren Kali, Jacob and Lanae Klaustermeier.

He is further survived by brothers: Elton Klaustermeier and wife, Gloria of Mankato; Donald Klaustermeier and wife, Patricia of Lester Prairie; Duane Klaustermeier and wife, Neilda of Glencoe; and Larry Klaustermeier and wife Ann of California, as well as many other relatives and friends.

Preceding him in death were his parents, Arnold and Gertrude Klaustermeier.

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