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Joseph "Joe" William Klier

Joseph "Joe" William Klier, 61, of Clear Lake, S.D., died Monday, June 22, 2009 at Sanford Deuel County Medical Center, Clear Lake.

He was born Sept. 26, 1947 to Gerhardt and Matilda (Winzel) Klier in Park Rapids. He worked for Park Rapids School for 32 years, until his retirement.

He married Mary Mathiew on March 8, 2003 in Watertown, S.D.

He was a member of Cornerstone Church in Watertown, S.D.

He is survived by his wife; two daughters: Michele (Owen) Eckman, of Sebeka, and Christine (Joe) Kempenich, of Sebeka; three grandchildren; two brothers: Ted, of Coon Rapids, and Mike (Vita), of Park Rapids; and many nieces, nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his parents; and one sister, Evelyn.

Honorary casket bearers: Hayden and Tasha Eckman, Tegan Kempenich, family and friends.

Funeral service: 2 p.m. Sunday, June 28 at Cornerstone Church, Watertown, S.D. Pastor Ken Mund will officiate.

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