LaVern LeRoy Klumb


June 30, 1921 - June 26, 2015


LaVern LeRoy Klumb was born in rural Davison County on June 30, 1921 to Gustav and Martha (Storm) Klumb, the third of six children.  He grew up on the farm and attended Tobin Township School for eight years.  He and his four brothers enjoyed many hijinks on the farm when the work was done (or when the work was being shirked), such as swinging Tarzan-like through the haymow on ropes or climbing to the top of the windmill before being caught by their big sister or their parents.  In 1946 he and a cousin were walking down a street in Mitchell when they bumped into two girls his cousin knew.  One of them was the beautiful Leona Goldammer.  They were introduced and two years later LaVern and Leona were married on August 1, 1948 at Zion Lutheran Church.  They were devoted to each other for 67 years and had three sons, Wesley, Mark, and Scott. 

LaVern was a simple man who loved his family and loved farming.  Taking care of people, animals, and machinery was instilled in him at a young age and he was passionate about keeping his machines well-oiled and mended.  He was gentle with animals and had his own unique names for ducks and calves especially: ‘buppies’ and ‘betchies’ respectively.  He and his beloved wife took the opportunity to travel as their sons grew and assumed responsibility for the farm, visiting Europe, Hawaii, and many other far-flung places.  He doted on the grandchildren God blessed him with, spoiling them with constant help in their creative endeavors, special rides in his pickup, and patiently tolerating their noisy shenanigans.  He was a faithful member of St. John Lutheran Church his entire life but always felt closest to God in the outdoors.  Although he was a quiet man he could never hide his love for his wife (and her delicious pastries) and his family.

He was loved to the end by his wife Leona, his son Mark and wife Rebecca (Mt. Vernon, SD); grandchildren Travis and Greta Klumb (Duluth, MN), Joshua Klumb, Anessa Klumb, Mariah and Eric Knight, Natasha Klumb, Micah Klumb, Jeremiah Klumb and fiancé Anastasia Gentles (Mt. Vernon, SD), two great-grandchildren Xander and Avery Knight, brother Eugene and Berenice Klumb (Plymouth, MN), sister-in-law Stella Klumb (Parkston, SD), and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Gustav and Martha, his sons Wesley and Scott, daughter-in-law Sara, sister and brother-in-law Nelda and Ed Marshall, and brothers Carmen, Melvin, and Orville.


Tuesday, June 30, 2015
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Bittner Funeral Chapel
805 West Havens
Mitchell, South Dakota


Wednesday, July 1, 2015
10:30 AM
Saint John Lutheran Church
Dimock, South Dakota


Saint John Lutheran Cemetery
Dimock, South Dakota

Posted by Bill & Renee Schultz on June 29, 2015
Leona, Mark and family: We are so sorry to hear of your loss. I have fond memories of your family as our neighbors when we lived only a couple miles from you on the farm. Our thoughts and condolences are with your entire family.
Posted by Oliver & Penny Goldammer on June 28, 2015
Leona & family: We want to express our sincere sympathy to you and your family at the loss of LaVern. May God sustain you at this most difficult time.
Posted by Howard & Donna Paul on June 28, 2015

So very sorry at the loss of LaVern. He was always admired by our entire Paul family. Our condolences to Leona and his family.
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