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Ralph M. Klinder, of Minnesota Lake, MN, age 95, died Monday, March 1, 2021 in Benedictine Living Community in St. Peter, MN. A graveside service will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, March 8, 2021 at St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery in Danville Twp., Blue Earth Co., MN, with Pastor Michael Mathews officiating. For those attending, please bring your own seating. Masks will be required and social distancing guidelines will be followed. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Wells was entrusted with arrangements. Please see brussheitner.com to leave online condolences.
Ralph was born March 28, 1925 in Faribault Co., MN, the son of Fredrick and Agnes (Tolzmann) Klinder. He attended several country schools, Waldorf Elementary and St. John’s Parochial School. He was united in marriage to Gloria Kain on June 8, 1950 at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Danville Twp. Ralph was a lifelong farmer and a great “Mr. Fix It”. He was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in rural MN Lake and served in many offices, including Trustee for over 25 years. Ralph was also on the Blue Earth County ASCS Board, 12 years on the MN Lake school board and sold Crow seed corn. Ralph enjoyed reading and traveling.
Ralph is survived by his daughter Marcia Klinder-Badgley and her husband Clifford Badgley of Wake Forest, NC; sister-in-law Carolyn Kain of MN Lake, MN; many nieces and nephews and their families.
Ralph is preceded in death by his parents; wife Gloria; infant son Burton; sisters: Pearl (Klinder) Kroenke & Irene (Klinder) Sonnek.