THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Richard R. Klabunde
Issue Date: August 29, 2018
Richard Roy Klabunde passed away Monday, Aug. 27, 2018 at his home.
Born Oct. 15, 1938 in Oshkosh, to Lester and Violet (Pofahl) Klabunde, he graduated from Oshkosh High School, Wartburg College in Waverly, Ia. and Luther Seminary in St. Paul, Mn. and was ordained as a Lutheran Pastor in June of 1964. On June 5, 1965, he married Sharon Dittbenner in Evan, Mn. and they had two children, Jillyn Rae and Daric Alan.
He enjoyed traveling with his family, genealogy, carpentry and for 40 years, worked on redoing an abandon farm house, which later became their retirement home.
The family camped in their van traveling 48 states, most of the provinces of Canada and more than 20 foreign countries. His last trip was last summer to Finland and Russia.
He served parishes in Park Falls, Draper, Boyceville, Wheeler, Marinette, Birchwood, Long Lake, Downsville, Little Elk Creek, Ladysmith and Glen Flora, before retiring in 2004. For many years he served as an ecumenical officer for the National Church attending three Lutheran World Federation conferences in Strasbourg, France and also served as a farm mediator for the State of Wisconsin.
He is survived by his wife, Sharon; a daughter, Jillyn (Rick) Geissler; a son, Daric (Tammi) Klabunde; four grandchildren; two brothers, Steve (Donna) and Tom (Carol); two sisters, Karen Thompson and Judy (Ron) Nelson; nieces, nephews; other relatives and many friends.
Including his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Charles and a sister, Linda Shellnutt.
Visitation will be held at Olson Funeral Home in Menomonie, Wi. on Friday, Aug. 31 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Visitation will continue at Christ Lutheran Church in Menomonie, Wi. on Saturday, Sept. 1 from 10 a.m. until time of the Memorial Services at 11 a.m. Pastor Randy Skow-Anderson will officiate with burial in Christ Lutheran/Halvorson Cemetery in Menomonie. Memorials are appreciated to Lutheran Partners in Global Missions.