John Klasen Jr.


John H. Klasen Jr., 90, of Bemidji, MN died Sunday, September 11, 2022 at Sanford Bemidji Medical Center.

Mass of Christian burial will be 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, September 20, 2022 at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Wilton. Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Monday, September 19, 2022 at the Olson-Schwartz Funeral Home and one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in Sacred Heart Catholic Cemetery, Wilton.

John Klasen Jr. was born January 14, 1932 in Liberty Township to John and Lela (Eastman) Klasen Sr. He attended school in Long Lake School and in Bemidji while working on the family farm. On December 2, 1951 he joined the Navy and served until July 1953. John then worked in the woods, farmed and worked construction work as well as on the pipeline in the United States and Canada. He married Carolee Soule on October 27, 1951. John enjoyed wood working which he made chairs and small box sleds for children. He was also a 4-H leader. He lived in Yuma, AZ for 12 years.

He is survived by his children; Mike Klasen, Kelly (Nadene) Klasen, Terry Klasen and Martin William “Bill” (Ginny) Klasen of St. Cloud; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren; daughter-in-law, Marcy Binkley of Bemidji; brothers and sisters, Kathleen (Lowell) LaBerge, Karen (Ernie) Johnson, Laurel “Mickey” Klasen, Cheryl (John) Gilbertson, Bonnie Nerstad and Juanita (Delbert) Smith.

He was preceded in death by his parents; daughter, Carolee Molash; sons, John Klasen III and Delbert Klasen; son-in-law, Walter “Pat” Molash; brothers, Raymond Klasen and Robert Klasen and sisters, Joyce (Tom) Vincent and Marlene Klasen.

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