Harold E. Klug Sr., 84

Harold E. Klug Sr., 84, of West Bend, died peacefully on Wednesday, May 15, 2013, at Ivy Manor in West Bend. He was born on Oct. 16, 1928, the only son of the late Edwin W. and Anna L. (Beetz) Klug.

Harold lived in Milwaukee until his family moved to the homestead dairy farm in Cedarburg (town of Grafton) while he was attending elementary school. After graduating from Cedarburg High School in 1947, he worked at Kiekhaefer in Cedarburg as a machinist and painter, as well as working on the farm. In 1959, he started farming full time. Harold proudly owned and operated the Klugdale Farm on Pioneer Road, and he was well known as a registered Holstein breeder.

He enjoyed playing the accordion and organ with the Riverbend Playboys, and later started his own band, Harold and the Merrymakers. He loved polka dancing and playing cards. Harold was an avid outdoorsman, and he loved hunting, fishing and trapshooting.

He is survived by his beloved partner of 19 years, Irene Butzlaff of West Bend, and her attentive daughter and husband, Sue and Allen Bales of West Bend; three children: Harold A. (Erlene) Klug of Grafton, Diana Marie (Gary) Mayer of Slinger, and Janice (Roger) Kurth of Columbus; seven grandchildren: Dr. Jason (Keara) Klug of LaJolla, Calif., Michael (Tanya) Klug of Rochester, Minn., Brittany Klug of Mankato, Minn., Amy Sue Mayer of Cottage Grove, Melissa (Nick) Hemling of Beaver Dam, Bryan (Gena) Kurth of Sun Prairie, and Brandon (Jamine) Kurth of Columbus. He is further survived by his six great-grandchildren: Owen and Cole Hemling, Bryson Klug, Henry Kurth, and the twins, Cade and Blake Kurth, and Irene’s family: Jane (Jerry) Beck, John (Kris) Butzlaff and Jim Butzlaff, and their children and grandchildren, and other relatives and friends.

Harold was preceded in death by his parents, Edwin W. and Anna L. Klug.

Visitation will be on Tuesday, May 21, 2013, at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church in West Bend from 2-3:45 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 4 p.m., officiated by the Rev. Robert Hein. Burial will be on Wednesday, May 22, 2013, at Immanuel Cemetery in Cedarburg.

Harold’s family would like to extend a sincere thank you to Dr. Zoran Gajic of the West Bend Clinic, and also to the staff at Harvest Home, Ivy Manor II and Grace Hospice for their compassionate care. A special thank you to the pastors of Good Shepherd Lutheran Church for their comforting visits.

The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. Online guestbook and condolences are available at www.schmidtfuneralhome.com.