Thomas H. “Tom” Kluempke, 77, of Melrose, passed away peacefully Nov. 19, 2021, at the St. Cloud Hospital in St. Cloud.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be at 11 a.m., Wednesday, Nov. 24, at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose with the Rev. Marvin Enneking officiating and Deacon Ernie Kociemba assisting. Inurnment will be in the parish cemetery with military honors by the Melrose Veterans Honor Guard. The Funeral Mass will be live streamed and will be accessible on the St. Mary’s Website. 

Visitation was 4-7 p.m., Nov. 23 at the Patton-Schad Funeral Home in Melrose and from 10-11 a.m., Nov. 24, at the church. 

Thomas “Tom” Kluempke was born July 18, 1944, to Joseph “Joe” and Mary (Gieske) Kluempke in Melrose. He was a 1962 graduate of Melrose High School. After graduation, Tom enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1963 where he served two years in Germany in radio communications. After being honorably discharged in 1965, he started working at Kraft-West in Melrose until the fire in January 1989. He then worked at Stone Container, Inc. in St. Cloud, retiring in 2010.

Tom married Judith “Judy” Hollermann at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose June 19, 1976. Tom and Judy lived south of Melrose on County Road 13, where they raised their three children. Attending their children’s school, sporting and special events were very important to him. Tom and Judy traveled to many states, national parks, historic and scenic sites, many times with their children as they were growing up. Their travels continued later with traveling companions, Ken and Gloria, on many road trips and motorcoach trips across the United States and Canadian Rockies.

Tom was an avid deer hunter. Lost Creek Deer Camp was his home during the November deer hunting season with his brothers for over 50 years. 

Tom was a lifetime member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Melrose and a member of the Melrose American Legion Post 101. He also bowled on a number of leagues over the years. Tom’s summers were spent taking care of the yard and helping Judy with their many flower gardens. He enjoyed playing cards with his wife and Smear with his brothers, board games, and Carbles. After retirement, he spent many hours watching reruns of westerns, also nature and history programs. Spending time with his grandchildren was one of his greatest pleasures.

He is survived by his wife of 45 years, Judy Kluempke, of Melrose; sons Brian (Beth) Kluempke of Melrose and Kevin (Jamie) Kluempke of Melrose; daughter Nicole (Derek) Boomer of Bloomington; granddaughter Adalynn Kluempke; grandson Ethan Kluempke; mother-in-law Marcella Hollermann of Melrose; siblings Dave Kluempke of Melrose, Nona (Larry) Knoblach of Plymouth, Dick (Rosemary) Kluempke of Tigard, Oregon, Pat (Tracy Lovness) Kluempke of Stillwater, and George (Eva) Kluempke of Cold Spring; in-laws Carol Kluempke of Portland, Oregon, Cathy Kluempke of Grey Eagle, Rosie (Dan) Middendorf of Verndale, Donna (Eric) Lindberg of Miltona, Thomas (Patricia) Hollermann of Alexandria, and Patrick (Deanne) Hollermann of St. Cloud; and many nieces and nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents, Joe and Mary Kluempke; brothers Joe Kluempke, Jr., and Jim Kluempke; sister-in-law Ann Kluempke; father-in-law Barney Hollermann; and nephews Brent Kluempke and Grant Lindberg.

Arrangements were made with Patton-Schad Funeral & Cremation Services of Melrose.                         P-47-1B