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Merlin Alfred Klabunde

Merlin Alfred Klabunde, age 82, of Hutchinson, passed away Monday, July 12, 2021, at Harmony River Living Center in Hutchinson, Minnesota. Memorial service were held Friday, July 16, 2021, at 11:00 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church with interment in Immanuel Lutheran Church Cemetery. Clergy officiating was Rev. Allan Reed. Organist was Karen Buckentin. Congregational hymns sung were “Amazing Grace”, “How Great Thou Art”, and “Just As I Am.” Honorary urn bearers were Merlin’s grandchildren and great grandchildren. Military honors were Brownton American Legion Post #143 Honor Guard. Merlin is survived by his: wife, Marjorie Klabunde of Hutchinson, MN; children, Brett Klabunde and his wife, Vicky, of Brownton, MN, Wade Klabunde and his wife, Mary, of Brownton MN, Dudley Klabunde and his wife, Dawn, of Hutchinson, MN, Jason Klabunde and his wife, Diana, of Brownton, MN, and Trisha Karels and her husband, Paul, of Brownton, MN; grandchildren, Dustin Klabunde and his wife, Stephanie, Marissa Klabunde, Ellen Koerner and her husband, Luke, Ryan Klabunde, Jordan Klabunde and significant other Alyssa Summerfield, Karlee Karl, and her husband, Grant, Seth Schuette, Mason Klabunde, Callie Klabunde, and Megan Klabunde; great grandchildren, Ciara and Sawyer Klabunde step grandchildren, Hannah Vlasak and her husband, Ryan, Hillary Lewandoski and her husband, Dahlton, and Max Karels and his fiancé Faith Quigley; brothers- and sisters-in-Law, Allen Hahn, Jean Klammer and her husband, Warren, Jane Kalenberg and her husband, Wayne, Gary Hahn and his wife, Bonnie, and Mary Zeman and her husband, Richard; step great grandchildren, Zoey and Lexa Vlasak, Jackson, Zeke and Colleen Lewandowski, and Charlotte Karels; many other relatives and friends. Merlin is preceded in death by his parents, Alfred and Leila (Zieman) Klabunde, parents-in-law, Kermit and Luella Hahn, sister-in-Law, June Donley, and brother-in-law, George Donley. Merlin Alfred Klabunde was born on October 23, 1938, in Glencoe, Minnesota. He was the son of Alfred and Leila (Zieman) Klabunde. Merlin received his education in Brownton, and was a graduate of the Brownton High School Class of 1956. Merlin entered active military service in the Army National Guard on December 3, 1956, at Hutchinson, Minnesota and served his country for eight years. He received an Honorable Discharge on December 2, 1964, at Hutchinson, Minnesota, and achieved the rank of E5. On December 10, 1960, Merlin was united in marriage to Marjorie Hahn at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Stewart, Minnesota. This marriage was blessed with five children, Brett, Wade, Dudley, Jason, and Trisha. Merlin and Marjorie resided in Brownton, and later moved to Lake Marion. Merlin and Marjorie shared 60 years of marriage. Merlin was self-employed as a farmer as well as a mail carrier for Glencoe and Brownton. He also worked for Jacques Seed as a dealer for many years. Merlin retired in 1999. Merlin was a member of the Fernando Creamery Board, a Lifetime Member of the Brownton Rod and Gun Club, the Western Mounted Paraders Saddle Club, Brownton and Stewart American Legion, Brownton Lion’s Club, Brownton Coop Ag Center Board, and the McLeod County Sheriff’s Posse. He was also a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Brownton, Minnesota. Merlin enjoyed playing softball, traveling, playing sheepshead, watching his grandchildrens’ sporting events, hosting family gatherings at the lake, as well as league bowling which he participated in for 52 years. He especially enjoyed spending time with his family, grandchildren and friends. Merlin passed away on Monday, July 12, 2021, at Harmony River Living Center, at the age of 82 years. Blessed be his memory. The family invited everyone to the luncheon at the church immediately following the committal service. Arrangements by the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Online Obituaries and Guest Book available at

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