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OBITUARY

Douglas Lane Klemz

September 15, 1950May 14, 2020

Douglas Lane Klemz was born September 15, 1950 in Monticello to Wilbur and Margret (Borchardt) Klemz. He graduated from Mounds View High School in 1968 and Anoka Technical School in 1970. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1971-1973. In 1974 he married Theresa Haneca and was divorced in 1982. He was an electrical draftsman for Ellerbee and Michaud Cooley Erickson and Associates where he retired as an Associate in 2013. He was an avid hunter, fisherman, world traveler, and charter member of Wolf Track Archery Club.

He was a member of the Barbershop Harmony Society since 1997 and sang in the choruses and two quartets, and awarded Barbershopper of the Year in 2007. He also sang in several church choirs, lastly with Christ the King Lutheran Church in New Brighton. He married Nancy Elias in 2014. He died May 14, 2020 due to Covid-19, while in hospice care after a long battle with cancer.

He was predeceased by his parents and survived by his 4 children, Amy Finka of Nashville, TN, Angela Klemz of Blaine, Allan Klemz of Blaine, Ann Millerbernd of Belcourt, ND, daughter-in-law Amanda Klemz of Blaine, son-in-law Ronald Millerbernd of Lexington, 8 grandchildren, 5 brothers, 4 sisters-in-law, many nieces, nephews, family, friends, and his wife Nancy of Shoreview.

Private interment will take place on May 19, 2020 at Morningside Memorial Gardens with a public memorial service to occur at a later date.

Gearhart Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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Lee Struble

May 24, 2020

I will always remember the days we spent hunting black bears in your woods and fishing in your pond. Thank you for the memories Doug Klemz. May you Rest In Peace. Lee Struble

Heather Nick

May 18, 2020

Doug was a very funny and kind man. I knew him being friends with his kids and spent a lot of time at his home in Blaine. Doug always had a good joke or a sarcastic witty word. He was a wonderful man and will be greatly missed.

Good thoughts and prayers to Doug, his kids and his friends and family. Rest well Dougie.

Melody Martel

May 18, 2020

My sincere condolences to all of Doug’s family and friends.
I’m fortunate to have many memories of Doug, most of which were from my childhood days while living in New Brighton. He was a big guy, that I didn’t want to get angry, and he had a loud booming voice.
Being friends with his children, and living right down the street, I was over to their house a lot.
I remember being impressed at how he could cook up a whole mess of yummy food, with ingredients I wasn’t sure that would work. But, it always turned out delicious.
Then there was the time He tricked me into trying bear meat, which I’ll never do again...But, the other wild game was always great.
Sometimes, I was invited to go with the family and get ice cream or something, We would all sing songs in the car the whole way there and back. He really did had a terrific voice. I learned some hilarious songs from Doug on those car rides...
I’m grateful to have known Doug and to have these and many more memories.

But, my heart hurts, and I can’t help but cry for my childhood friends and the loss of their Dad.

With love and sympathy,
Melody

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