Luther Vernon Kliche, age 90, of Fridley, passed away at Mercy Hospital Thursday, May 20, 2010.
He was born Jan. 10, 1920 in Howard Lake, the son of John F. and Anna (Gehring) Kliche.
Luther was baptized Jan. 27, 1920, at St. James Lutheran Church in Howard Lake by Rev. A. L. Oetjen, and was confirmed in the faith in April 1933 by the Rev. C. G. Seltz.
He lived on the family farm near Lake Mary in Victor Township until June 9, 1942 when he left to serve his country for three and a half years during World War II as a diesel mechanic in the Army Amphibious Training Command, achieving the rank of Tech 4. He was with Company B 592nd Engineer Shore Battalion stationed in the South Pacific at Airway Islands.
Luther lived in Minneapolis and had a variety of jobs. He worked at Tel-E-Lect as a welder. He later lived on a hobby farm in Lakeville and had a business installing pickup truck toppers.
He found relaxation in gardening, fishing, and took pride in woodcarving. He carved life-size “Praying Hands” and “Jesus in the Garden,” which he donated to his church.
He worked with Dorothy making quilts and lap robes which the church distributed to various nursing homes.
He served as usher for several years at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church. Luther belonged to the Fridley VFW Post 363 for 50 years, and was a member of the Minnesota Vikings Woodcarvers.
Luther was married to Bernice Tucker from 1946 to 1978. In 1980, Luther was united in marriage to Dorothy Storkamp at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church, Minneapolis, by the Rev. John Palmquist.
Luther is survived by his loving wife, Dorothy Kliche; sister-in-law Marie Kliche; nephew David (Gretchen) Kliche of Greenfield; four nieces Nancy Kliche of Glencoe, Nyla (Chris) Johnson of Rosemount, Dawn Kliche of Howard Lake, Darlene Kliche of Edina; and other relatives and friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Walter and Donald, and an infant son, James.
Funeral services took place Tuesday, May 25, 2010 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Carmel Lutheran Church in Minneapolis with Pastor Dodd Lamberton officiating.
The organist was Ruth Bills. Congregational hymns were “My Faith Looks Up to Thee,” “The Old Rugged Cross,” “Rock of Ages,” and “Go, My Children, with My Blessing.”
Internment with military rites followed at Sunset Memorial Gardens, Minneapolis.
Casketbearers were David Kliche, Dean Kliche, Ben Kliche, Chris Johnson, Bill Cipala, Jim Cipala, Herbert Eggert, and Steve Reed.
The Washburn-McReavy Funeral Home in Minneapolis served the family.