Dwayne Leo Klatt, age 72, of Buffalo, passed away peacefully in his sleep early Tuesday morning, April 29, 2014, at his home, after a long battle with cancer.
Dwayne was born Oct. 23, 1941, to Leo and Helen Klatt.He was baptized Nov. 16, 1941, by Pastor Berwald at St John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo, and was confirmed in the Christian faith at the same church May 1, 1955, where he was a lifelong, faithful member.
Dwayne grew up on the family dairy farm on the east edge of Buffalo. He graduated from Buffalo High School in 1959, and helped on the family farm until honorably serving his country in the United States Army during the Vietnam War.
After coming home from Vietnam, Dwayne received his accounting degree from the Minnesota School of Business and started working for Cargill Inc.
While working at Cargill, Dwayne met his future wife, Roseann Zagrabelny. They were married Oct. 7, 1972, at St Austin Church in NE Minneapolis by Bishop Raymond Lucker. Their union was blessed with three children.
The following year, Dwayne returned to the family farm and started farming with his dad, his brother John, and later, his brother Woodrow. It was the one job Dwayne really enjoyed.
After the farm equipment was sold in 1988, Dwayne worked at Landscape Structures in Delano until his retirement.
Dwayne had many hobbies including fishing, playing cards, and collecting antiques, especially stoneware and glassware.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Leo and Helen Klatt.
Dwayne is survived by his wife, Roseann; three children, Dwayne Jr. of Eden Prairie, Jason of Buffalo, and Teresa (Todd) Ternef of Marshall; three grandchildren, Samantha, Alexis and Kayle; and six younger brothers, Randolph of Buffalo, John (Virginia) of Buffalo, Winston (Gloria) of Lakeville, Roger (Carol) of Monticello, Peter (Gail) of Eagan, and Woodrow (Kari) of Howard Lake.
Funeral services took place Saturday, May 3 at 11 a.m. at St John’s Lutheran Church in Buffalo with the Rev. David Taylor officiating. Interment will be at Fort Snelling Cemetery Monday, May 5.
Visitation was Friday, May 2 from 5 to 7 p.m. at the church.
Casket bearers were Dwayne’s younger brothers, Randolph, John, Winston, Roger, Peter, and Woodrow.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo served the family.