Richard W. Klukas

March 26, 1940 - May 25, 2021

Richard W. Klukas

Richard W. Klukas, 81, of Atwater, Minnesota, passed away Tuesday, May 25, 2021. He was born to Hannora Wheeler and Richard Klukas in Willmar, Minnesota. Richard was a devoted husband and enjoyed being a father. He graduated from University of Minnesota. Richard was a retired Park Service Biologist. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, and the outdoors. Richard was an avid collector of antiques. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Myrt; parents, Richard and Monica; and brother, Tom. Survivors include his three brothers, two sons, one daughter-in-law, four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, three caregivers, and numerous cousins and friends. 

A Memorial Mass for Mr. Klukas will be celebrated at 10:00 a.m., Thursday, June 3, 2021, at St. Anne Catholic Church, 2715 Calder Avenue, Beaumont, Texas. A joint gathering of family and friends for Mr. Klukas and his brother, Tom,  will begin at 9:30 a.m., with their memorial service to follow at 10:30 a.m., Friday, June 11, 2021 at Church of Our Lady of the Lakes, 6680 153rd Avenue NE, Spicer, Minnesota. Burial of Mr. Klukas' cremated body will be 11:00 a.m., Monday, June 14, 2021, at Ada Cemetery, Ada Minnesota. Cremation arrangements for Mr. Klukas were handled through Broussard’s Crematorium, under the directions of Broussard’s, 2000 McFaddin Avenue, Beaumont, Texas. 

Memorial Mass
St. Anne Catholic Church
2715 Calder Beaumont, TX 77701
Thursday, June 03, 2021
10:00 a.m.
Gathering of Family and Friends followed by Memorial Service
Church of Our Lady of the Lakes
6680 153rd Avenue NE Spicer, MN 56288
Friday, June 11, 2021
Gathering begins at 9:30 a.m. with Memorial Service to follow at 10:30 a.m.
Burial of Mr. Klukas' Cremated Body
Ada Cemetery
834 E. Thorpe Avenue, Ada Minnesota
Monday, June 14, 2021
11:00 a.m.
Broussard's Crematorium
5150 Stivers Street Beaumont, TX 77705

Comments (9)

  • Barbara J Kestel-Satrun

    11 June 2021 at 04:14 | #

    Tom and Tim, I had the wonderful honor of meeting you and your parents while we were in the Peace Corps in Colombia. I have beautiful memories of time spent with your parents while in the Peace Corps and after. Please accept my heartfelt condolences on the passing of your kind and loving father. May God bless your families. May memories and the love of friends sustain you during this time of sorrow. My prayers are with you. Barbara J. Kestel-Satrun


  • DeAnn McComb

    11 June 2021 at 03:09 | #

    Dear Tom, Tim and Jim, my deepest condolences to you and your families. I've known your father/brother for about 7 years. In that short time I just loved when he and all of you would come to visit at the ranch. Rich was always a thoughtful friend to Joe and me. We loved and appreciated him very much. We pray for your peace and love you all.
    Lovingly, DeAnn McComb Allen


  • Tim Oliverius

    04 June 2021 at 15:47 | #

    Tom and Tim,
    I was very sad to hear of Rich's passing. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your families. I thoroughly enjoyed working with your father during my four plus years at Wind Cave. He always kept things in perspective.. It wasn't until much later in my career in the NPS , that I came to realize how much I had learned from him while working and assisting him on many of his field projects as a park technician. He instilled in me an appreciation for the rules and regulations of the Environmental Protection Act which served me well during the remainder of my career as a park ranger and fire management officer.

    Tim Oliverius


  • Don Castleberry

    03 June 2021 at 21:47 | #

    Richard and I began our National Park Service together in 1963 at Everglades N P, and continued later in Midwest Region.. he was a dedicated friend and coworker. . Deepest sympathy to his family for our loss


  • Don Castleberry

    03 June 2021 at 21:43 | #

    Richard and I began our National Park Service career together in Everglades N P in 1963, and worked togetmer again in the Midwest Region. He was a dedicated and exemplary friend and contributor to our profession. . He will be well remembered


  • Michael Morrow

    01 June 2021 at 20:43 | #

    Tom - My condolences and sympathy to you and your family on the death of your father. Richard and I were companions and good friends long ago in college. It was great to talk with him and review old times before he passed away. Richard was a good, kind, and wonderful person. May he rest in peace in God's grace. Michael Morrow


  • Paty

    30 May 2021 at 22:38 | #

    Dear Tom and Tim, my deepest condolences to your family. Thank you for the opportunity of being a small part of Mr. Richards life, I will miss his smile. He was truly loved and will be missed. My love and support for your family.


  • Paddy and Tom Moore

    27 May 2021 at 01:59 | #

    So very sorry to hear the news of your dads passing .
    Our prayers are with you in this difficult time.
    Praying you will have peace in knowing he no longer suffers
    Here on earth and that you will carry with you many fond memories of the wonderful dad he was to you .
    Love ,
    Tom and Paddy Moore


  • Rocco and Marilyn Morrell

    26 May 2021 at 21:55 | #

    We first met Rich and Myrt at our son, Peter's wedding.. They were a precious, lively couple with whom we shared over dinner conversation a love for travel. Over the years we kept in touch with pictures and Christmas letters. Even after Myrt's passing we were touched that, Rich continued to write us and share family news. He was a great writer! We were thrilled to renew our friendship when he moved to Texas and we got to visit more.. A kind, gentle soul who continued to teach us patience and love and faith in just his being..
    "Eternal rest grant unto him O Lord and may perpetual light shine upon him and the faithful departed.. May he rest in peace. Amen."
    Sending love and prayers to you, Tom and your family. --Rocco and Marilyn and all the Morrell Families


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