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Merle Klosterbuer

November 9, 1946 ~ October 26, 2020 (age 73)


Merle Klosterbuer, age 73, of Worthington, died Monday, October 26, 2020, at the Sanford USD Medical Center in Sioux Falls, SD. He was born on November 9, 1946, to Martin and Viola (Garrels) Klosterbuer, in Luverne. Merle attended Country School through the third grade, then transferring to Ellsworth School, graduating in 1965. During high school, he worked for farmers and the Kanaranzi Elevator. After graduation, he began working for the Ellsworth Lumber Yard and evenings at Kloosters Garage. Merle played a lot of Fast Pitch softball during those years. He was remembered for his pitching. He also loved to go hunting around Luverne, in Idaho and other areas out west.

Merle married Joyce Kooiman on July 14, 1973, in Luverne. The couple moved to Worthington, where Merle began working for Johnson Construction, and later Campbell Construction. He started his own business Klosterbuer Construction in 1984.

He was a member of the American Reformed Church, in Worthington, where he served on some committees and running the sound system at church. When the boys were growing up, he helped as an assistant hockey coach. Merle never missed a game, for either one or the other. He always supported and helped his wife when she was with the Red Cross, taking her to fires in the middle of the night. In 2009, he was the Volunteer of the Year for helping his wife. When Joyce became involved in Operation Christmas Child, Merle was always there to help where needed. One of his greatest joys was going to grandchildren events, and was interested in their hunting.

Merle is survived by his wife, Joyce Klosterbuer, Worthington; two sons, Chad (Amanda) Klosterbuer, Little Rock, IA; and Jason Klosterbuer, Sioux Falls, SD; five grandchildren, Treyton Virtue (fiancé, Michelle Harstad), Americus Virtue, and Addison, Cael and Lincoln Klosterbuer; a brother, Steven ( Sandy) Klosterbuer, Ellsworth; and sister, Lois (Gordon) Mulder, Hardwick.

He was preceded in death by parents, Martin and Viola Klosterbuer; and in-laws, William J. and Jessie Kooiman.

   Visitation will be from 3:00 to 6:00 PM Sunday at Dingmann Funeral Home in Worthington; and also one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Funeral Service will be 10:30 am Monday at The American Reformed Church, in Worthington, officiated by Pastor Troy VanBeek. Burial will be in Garden of Memories Cemetery in Worthington.

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Funeral Service


November 1, 2020

3:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Dingmann Funeral Home (Worthington)
1545 N. McMillan Street
Worthington, Minnesota 56187

Funeral Service
November 2, 2020

10:30 AM
American Reformed Church
1720 N. Burlington Ave.
Worthington, Minnesota 56187

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