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Kenneth D. Klanderman, 87


Kenneth Dean Klanderman, age 87, of Baldwin, died Thursday, March 6, at United Hospital in St. Paul following complications of a sudden heart attack.


Ken was born on the family farm on Jan. 9, 1927, to Mabel (Willink) and Audley Klanderman. He attended Hopyard Country School before graduating from Baldwin High School in 1945. He was drafted into the Army in 1945. He served in Occupational Duty with the rank of Corporal T (5). After his service to our country, he attended Central College in Pella, Iowa, and the River Falls State Teacher's College, where he earned a Bachelor's Degree. He served as a Vet Trainer in Thorp, Wis. for a short time, but would return to the family farm soon thereafter. In 1951, he was united in marriage to Ruth Elaine Lokhorst, at the First Reformed Church in Baldwin. They enjoyed 62 years of marriage together. He was a life long member of the First Reformed Church where he served as deacon, elder, Sunday School Teacher, as well as various committees such as Mission Committee and Friendly Class. He was very active within the community where he served 56 years as Baldwin town board clerk, helped serve community dinners, and was an active member of the Baldwin Historical Society.

Ken had a true appreciation of the land and farming. He milked cows for 51 years. He cherished his family, raising his children, and spending time with his grandchildren always put a smile on his face. His passion for family history and genealogy brought him great joy. Music was a big part of Ken's life. He loved singing in his high school choir, the church choir, and harmonizing with the Dutch Masters. Furthermore, he greatly enjoyed photography where he captured many important events in both life and nature.

Ken will live on in the hearts of his family: wife Ruth; children Keith (Debbie) Klanderman of Madison, Wis., Karen (David) Himmerich of Brooklyn Center, Minn., Mark (Cheryl) Klanderman of Hudson, Wis., Mary (John) DuBall of Rochester, Minn.; grandchildren, Tim Klanderman of Fitchburg, Wis., Liz Klanderman of Norfolk, Va., Daniel (Kirsten), Stephen Himmerich of St. Paul, Minn., Michael Himmerich of Brooklyn Center, Minn., Emily, Andy, and Bethany Klanderman of Hudson, Wis., Rachael, and Amanda DuBall of Rochester, Minn.; and many other relatives.

He joins his parents; step brother, Paul DeRoy; and step sister, Doris (DeRoy) Larson, in Heaven.

Celebration of life for Kenneth Klanderman will be 11 a.m. Tuesday, March 11, at First Reformed Church in Baldwin. Military Honors will be provided by the Baldwin American Legion Post. Burial will be in the Baldwin Cemetery. Visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Monday at the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin, as well as one hour prior to the service at church Tuesday morning.

Memorials received will be used towards those ministries and mission projects Ken was most passionate about.

Services are entrusted to the O'Connell Family Funeral Home in Baldwin. 715-684-3434.

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