GLENWOOD CITY, Wis. — Gary Lee Klatt, 73, of Glenwood City passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the V.A. Medical Center in Minneapolis, Minn., surrounded by his family.
Gary was born June 19, 1945, in the City of Menomonie, Dunn Co, Wis., to Arnold and Margaret (Gesche) Klatt, baptized and confirmed at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Menomonie.
Gary received an honorable discharge serving in the Vietnam War as an SP4 E-4 Specialist Marksman. The President of the U.S. of America awarded the Bronze Star Medal for Outstanding Meritorious Service during the period of April 1966 to March 1967 and the Purple Heart in February 1967 for wounded in action. He also received the Combat Infantryman Badge for performing duties while under fire in an assigned infantry and Special Forces engaging in combat.
Gary has been a lifelong member of the American Legion, both in Glendale, Ariz., Post 129 and American Legion Curry Ainsworth-Glenwood City, Post 168.
Gary was a lifelong fan of the Green Bay Packers, Wisconsin Badgers and Milwaukee Brewers. He enjoyed hunting and was always known for playing pranks and using his charm. Gary spent most of his career employed with Century Fence Company of Knapp and later with Rock-Tenn Recycling in St. Paul.
Gary is survived by his daughter, Donna (Loren) Paul of Colfax; and three sons, Garylee Klatt of Little Falls, Minn., Lance (Stacy) Klatt of Rosemount, Minn., and Brent (Lisa) Klatt of Colfax; seven grandchildren, Courtney, Cassie and Chrystal Fregine, Samuel and Abby Klatt, Riley and Madison Klatt; three great-grandchildren, Cayden and Caeleigh Tiffany and Holden Cook; four stepgranddaughters, Jennifer Steinbach, Gretchen (Theo) Ritter, Laura Stewart and Chelsea Paul; seven stepgreat-grandchildren, Anna and Olivia Steinbach, Katalina, Nathaniel and Paityn Ritter, Sierra and Talen Stewart; brother, Eugene (Debby) Klatt of Downing; sisters, Shirley Huey of Boyceville, Sharon (Bert) Lansing of Spring Valley, Wis., and Joyce (Dan) Hellendrung of Boyceville; sisters-in-law, Sandra Klatt and Judi Klatt of Downing; also survived by many nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Gary was preceded in death by his wife, Ardy Klatt; parents, Arnold and Margaret Klatt; two brothers, Wayne Klatt and David Klatt; infant brother and sister, Valgene and Darlene; nephew, Laverne “Butch” Klatt; and granddaughter, Caitlyn Fregine.
A memorial service with military honors will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 19, at the Northern Wisconsin Veterans Memorial Cemetery, N4063 Veterans Way, Spooner, Wis. 54801.
All memorials may be sent to the Fisher House-Minneapolis VA at www.fisherhouse.org.
Cremation Society of Wisconsin, Altoona is assisting the family. Online condolences may be shared at www.cremationsociety-wi.com.