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Roger Kloeckl, 84, of Gaylord

Roger Kloeckl, 84, of Gaylord, died Thursday, July 9, 2015, at Oak Terrace health Care Center in Gaylord.
 
A Mass of Christian Burial was held Monday, July 13, at St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Gaylord with the Rev. Keith Salisbury officiating. Sherri Kaufmann was the organist. Soloist Rachel Kiecker sang “The Lord’s Prayer.” Congregational hymns were “Ave Maria,” “On Eagle’s Wings” and “Here I Am, Lord.”
 
Honorary urn bearers were Mr. Kloeckl’s great-grandchildren, Britney Kloeckl, Brianna Kloeckl, Jayla Kloeckl, Jaxon Kloeckl, Emma Nelson, Elliott Nelson, Shelby Clobes and Logan le Roux. Urn bearers were Nicholas Breuer and Mitchell Breuer. Interment was in the Gaylord City Cemetery.
 
Roger Leonard Kloeckl was born June 7, 1931, in New Ulm, the son of Frank and Mary (Hillesheim) Kloeckl. He was baptized as an infant and later confirmed in his faith, both at the Cathedral of New Ulm. He received his education in Hanska and Holy Cathedral. He farmed with his brother, Jack, and various neighbor farmers.
 
He met and married Mary Ellen Simons and was married at St. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Glencoe on Nov. 24, 1952. They moved to Gaylord where they farmed and were blessed with 10 children. He then had various other jobs as a welder, plumber, mechanic working at New Ulm Manufacturing, L.H. Kading, and Seneca. He loved working for Seneca, as he loved the land. But in 2001, at age 70, he was forced to retire with a stroke and other medical issues. The couple shared 62 years of marriage.
 
Mr. Kloeckl was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church. He loved working with the land, spending time with his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, playing cards, dancing and traveling. He worked hard to support his family and was a devoted Catholic.
 
When he needed assistance with his daily care, he became a resident of Oak Terrace Health Care Center in Gaylord on Oct. 31, 2013.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Kloeckl of Gaylord; children, Paul (Gina) Kloeckl of New Ulm, Bob (Cindy) Kloeckl of New Auburn, Jeanne (Al) le Roux of Jesup, Georgia, Barb Frauendienst of Gaylord, Kathy (Mark) Clobes of Fairfax, Jim (Lisa) Kloeckl of Gaylord, Patty (Jack) Kiecker of Hector and Ann (Scott) Breuer of Ramsey; 21 grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; brothers, Tony (Marge) Kloeckl and Philip (Theresa) Kloeckl; many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
He was preceded in death by his parents, Frank and Mary Kloeckl; in-laws, Art and Cecelia Simons; twin sons, Roger and Rodney; grandchildren, Angie and Travis Frauendienst and Benjamin Kloeckl; son-in-law, Larry Frauendienst; brothers, Larry, Frank, Jack, Joe and Paul Kloeckl; sisters, Valeria Kading, Dolores Dietz, Lorraine Pullman, Marie Blaha, Joyce Stadick and Jane LaPlante; brothers-in-law, Dan Simons, Darrold Plaster, Jim Simons, Elwood Sharrott and Arnold Riecke; and sister-in-law, Mavis Simons.
 
Arrangements were with the Egesdal Funeral Home in Gaylord. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com.