Richard E. Klemz, Maple Lake

Richard E. Klemz, 67, of Maple Lake died on April 23, 2022 after a short battle with melanoma cancer.

Funeral service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 4, 2022 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church in Maple Lake with visitation 2 hours before the service. Reverend Culynn Curtis will officiate. The service will be streamed live on the funeral home’s website.

Richard Eugene Klemz was born to Marguerite and Ervin Klemz at St. Cloud’s Hospital on June 24, 1954. He was baptized, confirmed, and married at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Silver Creek and attended school in Annandale. Dick has lived his entire life in Corinna Township. On July 13, 1974, he married Connie Engel. They were blessed with three children and five grandchildren. Richard was a master mechanic, working for many years at Lake Region Coop in Maple Lake. In 2001 he opened Dick’s Tire and Auto until his retirement in 2021.

Dick’s hobbies include tinkering in his workshop, building wood and metal, competing in show derbies, working and driving muscle cars, and socializing with friends. It was always a recipe for laughs and good times whenever Dick came along! His wit and ability to make people laugh was part of his charm and something his family and friends loved about him. He was definitely one of a kind.

He is survived by his wife, Connie of Maple Lake; children, Rich Klemz of Howard Lake, Vicki Klemz (Melissa Joseph) of Otsego and Amanda (Kory) Kunze of Oriska, ND; five grandchildren, Rylie, Espen, Jayda, Mikayla and Jentz; brother, Gerald (Sharon) Klemz; and his sister, Marlys (Thomas) Williams. He was predeceased by his parents, Ervin and Marguerite Klemz.

The pallbearers will be Jake Paumen, Paul Braun, Gerry Mahler, Jason Williams, Gerald Klemz, Jr. and Loren Lee. Arrangements are entrusted to Dingmann Funeral Care Burial & Cremation Services of Annandale.

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