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George Klose, Jr

George "Fred" Klose Jr., age 79, of Atwater, died unexpectedly on Thursday, June 16, at his home in rural Atwater.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 p.m. on Friday, June 24, at the Harrison Community Presbyterian Church in rural Spicer. Interment will be at Cloverleaf Memorial Park Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, June 23, at the Peterson Brothers Atwater Funeral Home in Atwater and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church.

George "Fred" Klose Jr. was born on October 10, 1936, in St. James, Minnesota, the son of George Sr. and Harriet (Erickson) Klose. At the age of seven, his family moved to Atwater where Fred grew up and received his education, graduating from Atwater High School in 1955. On April 27, 1956, at the First Presbyterian Church in Litchfield, Fred was united in marriage to Bessie Mae Johnson. From 1956-1957, Fred served in the U.S. Army as a MP in Anchorage, Alaska and they made their home there. In 1957, they returned to Minnesota and in 1959, they purchased a farm in Gennessee Township. Fred was engaged in farming his entire life. He was a longtime member of Harrison Presbyterian Church where he served as an Elder and Head Usher. He was also a member of the Minnesota Farmers Union. Fred served on many boards such as the Kandiyohi Co-Op Elevator, Atwater School Board, Atwater Creamery Board, Atwater Threshers Board, and the Gennessee Township Board. In 1972, Fred received the Outstanding Young Farmer Award and in 2010 received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Minnesota Farmers Union. Fred cherished the time spent with his family and was proud to be a good steward of the land.

He is survived by his loving wife of over 60 years, Bessie of Atwater; three children, Jeff (and Jean) Klose of Kandiyohi, Lori Klose of Benson and Lisa (and John) Severson of Eau Claire, WI., six grandchildren and nine great grandchildren. Also surviving are three brothers, Gary (and Monica) Klose of New London, Richard Klose of Burtrum and Patrick Klose of Burtrum and three sisters, Cleo (and Bill) Hunter of Penrose, NC., Brenda (and Art) Dart of Deer Park, WA., and Susan Klose of Burtrum, besides other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Mark; and one great grandson, Teegan.

Cemetery Details

Cloverleaf Memorial Park Cemetery
3003 8th Avenue NE
Willmar, MN, 56201


JUN 23. 06:00 PM - 08:00 PM

Atwater Funeral Home

508 Atlantic Avenue West

Atwater, MN, US, 56209


JUN 24. 12:30 PM - 01:30 PM

Harrison Community Presbyterian Church

14110 105th Avenue NE

Spicer, MN, US, 56288


JUN 24. 01:30 PM

Harrison Community Presbyterian Church

14110 105th Avenue NE

Spicer, MN, US, 56288

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Lori, sending you and your family my deepest sympathy. Love and prayers, Marlene Skold

Marlene Skold - June 25, 2016 at 12:05 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Extending our deepest sympathy to you and your family Bessie.Very sorry! will & june Elliott Polson, Mt.

w.p. will elliott - June 21, 2016 at 06:11 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

Bessie and Family! It was such a shock today to see the MFU reminder that George had passed away. We loved him and looked forward to Convention to visit with him. I was never sure whether to call him Geo. or Fred but he answered to both! Did he never stop smiling? He always had something to chat about and in later years he buzzed around the Convention on his scooter, visiting as he went along. Allen has not been to the last two Conventions so times change for us all.I will let Todd & Terry know about George's passing....somewhow you just never forget your Farmers Union friends. Our condolences to you, Bessie, and the family as well. You are in our hearts.Elaine & Allen Torpet(Fertile, MN)

Elaine Torpet - June 20, 2016 at 08:58 AM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

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June 20, 2016 at 01:09 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM

You have my sympathy, Bessie, and all of your kids as well. I remember Fred from high school. Great friend, fellow athlete. He certainly will be missed by all. I am unable to make it to the funeral. I can no longer drive and am in an assisted living home in Burnsville, MN. I am doing fine. just no longer am able to drive. Again, my sympathy to all of your family. Bill Block

Bill Block - June 22, 2016 at 05:22 PM Nov 30 -0001 12:00 AM