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Carl Klaustermeier, 87, Lester Prairie

Carl Klaustermeier
Carl Arnold Klaustermeier, 87, of Lester Prairie, died peacefully Sunday, May 29, 2016, at the Garden House in Winsted.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, June 7, at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie (while the sanctuary at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church was undergoing renovations). The Rev. Travis Loeslie officiated. Jamie Degen was the organist, and congregational hymns were “Beautiful Savior,” “Amazing Grace” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Honorary casket bearers were Paige Anderson and Amelia Meyer. Casket bearers were Spencer Anderson, Graham Anderson, Kate Klaustermeier, Nick Klaustermeier, Liam Meyer and James Klaustermeier.
Interment was in the St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church Cemetery in Lester Prairie.
Carl Arnold Klaustermeier was born March 22, 1929, in Bergen Township, McLeod County, the son of William and Bertha (Templin) Klaustermeier. He was baptized as an infant on April 7, 1929, by the Rev. A. Spleiss, and was confirmed in his faith as a youth on March 29, 1942, by the Rev. E.H. Stahlke, both at St. Paul’s Evangelical  Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. He attended St. Paul’s Parochial School. He was later drafted into the U.S. Army, and entered active service on Nov. 8, 1954. Following his basic training, he was stationed in Germany for 18 months. He earned the Army of Occupation Medal, the Good Conduct Medal and the Rifle Marksmanship Badge. He was honorably discharged at Fort Sheridan, Illinois, on Oct. 24, 1956.
On Aug. 29, 1965, he was united in marriage to Carol Jessen at Zion Lutheran Church in Hardwick. The couple made their home on the family farm near Lester Prairie. Their marriage was blessed with three children, Mary, David and Amy. The couple shared over 50 years of marriage.
Mr. Klaustermeier worked for the McLeod County Highway Department from 1965 to 1993. After his retirement from the county, he worked at Cominco American in Lester Prairie hauling fertilizer and chemicals. In 1995, he started driving a bus for the Lester Prairie School District until 2005. He was a lifetime member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Lester Prairie. He also was a member of the Lester Prairie American Legion Post 463.
Mr. Klaustermeier enjoyed reading the newspaper, doing farm work and taking Sunday drives. He also loved having coffee with friends. He cherished the time spent with family and friends.
He is survived by his wife, Carol Klaustermeier of Lester Prairie; children and their spouses, Mary and David Anderson of St. Louis Park, David and Jen Klaustermeier of South St. Paul and Amy and Stacy Meyer of Lester Prairie; grandchildren, Paige Anderson, Spencer Anderson, Graham Anderson, Kate Klaustermeier, Nick Klaustermeier, Liam Meyer and Amelia Meyer; brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Robert and Carol Jessen of Elgin, Illinois, Delwyn Jensen and his wife Karen Osborn of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sandi and Warren Schmidt of Altenburg, Missouri, and Tom and Deb Jessen of Madelia; nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends.
He was preceded in death by his parents, William and Bertha Klaustermeier; and siblings and their spouses, Lorna and Ortwin Schmidt and Walter and Jean Klaustermeier.
Arrangements were with the Paul-McBride Funeral Chapel in Lester Prairie. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.