Arlo Junior Kluver was born on February 3, 1929 in Raymond, Minnesota, the son of William and Viola (Henslin) Kluver.
Arlo grew up on a dairy farm south of Nelson, MN on Smith Lake. He graduated from Alexandria High School in 1947. During his high school years he excelled in sports as a member of the football, basketball and baseball teams. Upon graduating, Arlo attended Concordia College in Moorhead, MN. It was there that his athletic skills were showcased at the collegiate level; playing on the Cobber football, basketball, baseball and track teams.
On March 26, 1949, Arlo married his high school sweetheart; Mary Lou Peterson. They made their home in Moorhead, St. Cloud, Ralston, Nebraska and settled back in the Alexandria area in 1960. While in Alexandria, Arlo worked as a clothing salesman and owned a number of small businesses with Mary Lou; including the Sample Case Clothing Shop in downtown Alexandria.
Arlo’s athletic legacy continued to grow through his passion for golf. He was a proud member of the Alexandria Golf Club for over 60 years. His accomplishments on the links and his larger than life personality at the Alexandria Golf Club gave him an iconic reputation in the local golf community. He hit many errant, wild shots on the golf course; but had the talent and finesse to get the ball in the hole from anywhere…he was truly a “scrambler”. Arlo’s golf legacy includes numerous Club Championships at Alexandria Golf Club, Geneva Golf Club and Osakis Country Club. He has recorded (14) hole in ones in his career; his last one at the age of 85.
Arlo shared his love of the outdoors with his children and taught them lifelong skills of hunting and fishing that they will appreciate forever. He had many great adventures fishing and moose hunting with his wonderful friends. Arlo also loved to dance, yodel and sing his unique version of “The Old Gray Mare” to all of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Arlo died on May 4, 2019, at the age of 90. He is survived by his sons Michael (Lynette) Kluver of Alexandria; David (Randa) Kluver of Mesa, AZ; A.J. (Laurie) Kluver of Alexandria, and daughters MaryJo (Tom) Roos of Osakis, MN; and Lisa (Tony) Grimes of Gold Canyon, AZ. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and 32 great grandchildren, sister, Marlene Patton of Alexandria.
He is preceded in death by his wife Mary Lou, his parents, brothers ArDell, ArDean and sister Elaine.
Visitation will be from 5 - 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9th, at Living Word Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Visitation will continue from 10 - 11 a.m. followed by the memorial service at 11 a.m., Friday, May 10th, at Living Word Lutheran Church with the Reverend John Martinson officiating.
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