David W. Kluver
David W. Kluver, age 77, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 7th, 2021, with his family at his side following a courageous two-year battle with glioblastoma. He was born to William and Clara (Ludwigs) Kluver in LeMars, Iowa. He grew up in rural southern Minnesota helping with the family farm. David attended public high school in Sleepy Eye, MN, and graduated in 1963. He served in the Army Reserves from 1964-1970. After attending Business College in Minneapolis, MN, David took a job with JCPenney as a shoe salesman. He spent 37 years with the company working his way up the corporate ladder, and he retired as a store manager in Corona, California.
Golfing was one of David’s favorite activities as he spent many mornings on the golf course with close friends in California and Arizona. He loved to travel, especially going on annual fishing trips to Leech Lake in Minnesota. Nothing gave David greater joy than spending time with his children and grandchildren. They have fond memories of golfing and fishing with Grandpa. Be it baseball, football, soccer, or dance recitals, David watched as their number one fan. He had a close and special relationship with each of his sons-in-law, Jeff Klitzka and Fred Schmidt. David felt his life was truly blessed with his loving wife, children, grandchildren, and life-long friends.
He is survived by his wife, Karen “Buttercup” of almost 39 years; daughters, Michelle Klitzka (Jeff), Wendy Kluver, stepdaughter Lori Schmidt (Fred); Grandchildren, Brandon Modahl, Melissa Modahl, Amanda Kluver, David Klitzka, Paige Klitzka, and Ryan Schmidt; Great-grandchild, Aviana Modahl; and future great-grandchild, Everly Schmidt.
Survivors also include four siblings: Dennis (Merlie) Kluver, Kenneth (Phyllis) Kluver, Dianne (Anthon) Anderson, and Thomas (Dixie) Kluver.
He was the best role model a family could have. He will be dearly missed and will be forever in our hearts.
David wanted his passing to be as gentle as possible for the family. At his request, no services will be held. If he touched your life along the way and you would like to honor his memory-enjoy your family, support those around you, and treat others with respect and kindness.