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Harvey John Klima

Harvey John Klima, age 75, of Cokato, died Thursday, Jan. 5, 2006, at Auburn West Nursing Home, Waconia.

Friends called Friday, Jan. 6, 4 to 8 p.m. at the Maresh Funeral Home in Silver Lake. A prayer service took place at 7 p.m., led by the Rev. Don Martin.

Services were conducted Saturday, Jan. 7 at Grace Bible Church, Silver Lake, with Dr. Tom Rakow and the Rev. Gerald Hintz officiating. Music was by Judy Compton, pianist. Sam Watts played acoustic guitar, accompanying soloist Annie Watts, who sang “I Can Only Imagine” and “I’ll Fly Away.” Congregational hymns were “Precious Lord, Take My Hand” and “Hear I Am, Lord.” Interment with military rites was at Grace Bible Cemetery, Silver Lake.

Casket bearers were Josh Klima, Jordan Klima, Andrew Maresh, Dennis Compton, Kevin Compton, and Jim Klima.

Harvey John Klima was born June 21, 1930, to John and Mamie (Skorpik) Klima in Collinwood Township, Meeker County.

He graduated from Dassel High School in 1947, and served in the US Army during the Korean War.

Harvey married Esther Compton Sept. 18, 1954 at the Congregational Church in Silver Lake.

He was a farmer for many years, and also hauled milk for Stockholm Creamery and drove truck for the Payco Seed Company.

Harvey was a lifelong member of Grace Bible Church. He was also a member of the Gideons International-Glencoe Chapter, a past member of the Silver Lake School Board, a member of Christian Deer Hunters Association, and a 50-year member of American Legion Post 141 in Silver Lake.

He enjoyed ice fishing, gardening, cutting wood, John Deere tractors, and any outdoor activities.

Survivors include his wife, Esther Klima; a daughter, Wendy Maresh of Silver Lake; a son, Ron (Ruthie) of Cokato; grandchildren Andrew, Renae, and Cassie Maresh, and Joshua, Jordan, and Sophie Klima; a brother, Milan (Joanne) of Silver Lake, a sister, Gloria Peterson of Dassel; and brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Wallace (Judy) Compton of South Haven, Hazel (Bud) Dallmann of Cokato, Betty Johnson of Kimball, Sadie (Lowell) Gillman of Cokato, and Lota Compton of Oklahoma; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Mamie Klima; a sister, Delores Peterson; son-in-law Bruce Maresh; in-laws Randy Peterson, Ed and Mavis Compton, Alden and Mildred Carlen, Rick Johnson, and Rob and Betty Compton.

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