Harold E. Klug Sr.,
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
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
The Schmidt Funeral Home of West Bend is assisting the family. Online
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