Harold John Kluver was born June 1, 1935, in Raymond, MN, the son of John and Kate Gerdes Kluver. He came from a family of nine children. Harold’s father died young creating a hardship for the family. Harold chose to enlist in the United States Navy at age sixteen. He served aboard the USS Beatty (DD-756), traveling around much of Europe and in Europe. Following his discharge from the Navy in 1956, Harold returned to Minnesota and began dating Rose Jensen.
On Aug 2, 1958, Harold and Rose were united in marriage. The couple made their home in Alexandria and were blessed with three daughters.
Harold became a short haul truck driver; he worked for Raymond Freight and later, Hyman Freightways. After several years of truck driving, Harold became self-employed and worked as a scrap metal dealer. After reaching retirement age, Harold continued to tinker in the scrap metal business.
Harold’s interests included the outdoors; he enjoyed bow hunting, summer and winter fishing, snowmobiling, taking trips to Canada and camping with the family. One of the yearly favorites was camping at the Minnesota State Fair. He loved traveling with his brothers and sisters to casinos and to Las Vegas. Harold was a quiet person with a very dry sense of humor. He was very proud of his three daughters and four granddaughters. He developed a very special bond with his only grandson, Cody. Harold and Cody enjoyed goofing around, hunting, fishing, playing guitar and having fun.
On Thursday, November 21, 2019, Harold died at the age of eighty-four years. He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Kluver, his parents; two sisters, Ione Hanson and Dorothy Arne; two brothers, Henry Kluver and Ervin Kluver; a nephew, Rob Hansen; and a great nephew Ronald John Hansen. Harold is survived by his daughters, Kim Rieland and husband, David, Karla Miller and husband, David, and Jacki Kluver, all of Alexandria; grandchildren, Cody Rieland and wife, Greta, Lexi Miller, Calsey Rieland, Cassidy Rieland and Maddie Miller; two great grandchildren, Ginny and Betsy Rieland; and four sisters, Sandy Kummer and husband, Donald, of Sauk Centre, Shirley Whitley of Alexandria, Lois Engle of Alexandria and Linda Border and husband, Charles, of Arizona.
A memorial service will be held at 11:30 AM Wednesday, November 27, 2019 at Zion Lutheran Church in Alexandria. Visitation will be from 10:30 to 11:30 AM Wednesday at the church. Interment will follow in the Hudson Cemetery in Hudson Township. Arrangements are with the Anderson Funeral Home and Crematory in Alexandria.
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