David Wendell Klitzke, age 70, of Lester Prairie, passed away Monday, April 29, 2019, at his home.
He was born April 13, 1949, in Hutchinson, the son of Wendell and Dorothy (Schaefer) Klitzke. David was baptized as an infant, and was later confirmed in his faith as a youth.
He received his education in Hutchinson, and was a graduate of the Hutchinson High School class of 1967. David furthered his education at St. Cloud State University, earning a master’s degree in education.
David was united in marriage to Kathleen “Kathy” Moldestad Oct. 23, 1970, at St. Anastasia Catholic Church in Hutchinson. This marriage was blessed with three sons, Matthew, Nathan and Kristopher (Fir).
David and Kathy resided in Brooklyn Park until 1976, when they moved to Lester Prairie.
The couple shared over 43 years of marriage until Kathy passed away June 24, 2014.
David was employed as a teacher for the Lester Prairie School District, and retired in 2009, after 35 years. Most of his teaching career was spent in sixth grade. He had a passion for teaching and loved the students, and was able to get students to love school, as well.
David was also employed as a bartender at the Hopkins House for 35 years. After retirement, he was employed part time at the Liquor Hutch in Hutchinson, and the ShadowBrooke Golf Course in Lester Prairie.
In addition to teaching, David was very involved in other school and community activities. He was the junior high baseball coach for many years, and helped facilitate the annual geography bee, spelling bee, and science fair. In 2003, David was one of 10 people selected to serve on Governor Tim Pawlenty’s math standards committee.
He also served on the Lester Prairie Park Board for 25 years, was a Cub Scout Master for eight years, and helped start the youth baseball program in town.
David was a very faithful member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted.
He enjoyed bird watching, reading, traveling, writing in his journal, and socializing with others. He had a great sense of humor and a strong work ethic.
David cherished the time he spent with his family, especially his grandchildren.
He is survived by his children: Matthew Klitzke and his wife, Amy, Nathan Klitzke and his wife, Sarah, all of Waconia, and Kristopher Klitzke and his wife, Amy of Chaska; and grandchildren Sophie Klitzke, Kaya Klitzke, Bennett Klitzke, Emmitt Klitzke, Henry Klitzke, Kilah Klitzke and Carter Klitzke.
David is further survived by brothers, Steven Klitzke and Richard Klitzke, both of Hutchinson; special friend, Helen Dossett of Lester Prairie; mother-in-law, Catherine Moldestad of Hutchinson; nieces, nephews, and many other relatives and friends.
In addition to his wife, Kathleen, David was preceded in death by his parents, Wendell and Dorothy Klitzke; sister Debra Bleckinger; father-in-law Clifford Moldestad; niece Britany Larson; and nephew Mitchell Larson.
Mass of Christian Burial took place Monday, May 6, at 11 a.m. at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Winsted, with interment in St. Anastasia Catholic Cemetery in Hutchinson. Father Anthony Stubeda officiated at the Mass; the organist was Lavon Kielkucki. Musical selections were “Here I Am, Lord,” “Amazing Grace,” “On Eagle’s Wings,” and “How Great Thou Art.”
Honorary urn bearers were Douglas Dobratz, Robert Wraspir, and Michael Bleckinger. Urn bearers were David’s brothers, Richard Klitzke and Steven Klitzke.
Arrangements were with the Dobratz-Hantge Chapels in Hutchinson. Online obituaries and guest book are available at www.hantge.com; click on Obituaries/Guest Book.