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Robert "Bob" J. Klesel

February 14, 1931 — January 20, 2017

Robert "Bob" J. Klesel

GARNER – Robert “Bob” J. Klesel, 85, of Garner died Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Muse Norris Hospice Inpatient Unit in Mason City.

Funeral services have been rescheduled for 10:30 A.M., Thursday, January 26th at St. Boniface Catholic Church in Garner with Fr. Jim Dubert officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military rites by the Garner Veterans Ceremonial Unit.

Visitation will be held from 4 to 6 P.M., Tuesday at the Cataldo Funeral Chapel, 160 E. 4th St., Garner with a Scriptural wake service at 3:45 P.M. Visitation will resume one hour prior to services at the church. Cataldo Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Robert Joseph Klesel, the son of George and Josephine (Freund) Klesel, was born February 14, 1931 in Britt. He grew up on the family farm northeast of Garner and attended rural school near his home. Bob was a proud veteran of the Korean Conflict serving his country in the U.S. Army. Following his honorable discharge, he returned home and farmed the home place. On January 23, 1960, he married Lucille M. Kriz at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Osage. They lived on the family farm where they raised their three children. Besides farming, Bob also hauled milk in the Garner area. Bob continued to farm until retiring in 1996. He enjoyed collecting coins, watching Western movies, NASCAR and was an avid Iowa Hawkeye and Minnesota Viking fan. Bob had given 21 gallons of blood since he first started donating as a serviceman during the Korean Conflict.

He was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church and the Garner VFW and American Legion.

Bob is survived by his three children, Michael (Traci) Klesel of Garner, David (Liz) Klesel of Mason City and Julianne Klesel of Garner; four grandchildren, Colter, Melissa, Shannon and Nathan Klesel; five siblings, George (Geri) Klesel of Springfield, MO, Joanne Busch of Springfield, MO, Francis Klesel of Garner, Barb Erdman of Forest City and John (Sheryll) Klesel of Garner; a brother-in-law, Gene (Becky) Kriz of Waterloo; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Lucille, Jan. 12, 2012; and brothers-in-law, Jim Busch, Jim Hanson and Ron Erdman.
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Tuesday, January 24, 2017

4:00 - 6:00 pm (Central time)

Cataldo Funeral Home - Garner Chapel

160 East 4th Street, Garner, IA 50438

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Thursday, January 26, 2017

Starts at 10:30 am (Central time)

St. Boniface Catholic Church

660 Bush Ave., Garner, IA 50438

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