Raymond Edward Klahn, 76, formally of Fence, WI, recently living with his daughter in Kiel, passed away Sat., June 11, 2005 at his daughter's home. He was born on Aug. 15,1928 in Glenbeulah, the son of the late Edward and Lillian (Rautmann) Klahn. He moved to Fence at the age of three.
He attended grade school in Fence and graduated from Goodman High School. After graduation he worked in the woods with Edwin Gustafson and went into the Army in the Korean War.
He worked on the SS. Sloan on the Great Lakes. He had his own sawmill and built many homes in the area. He worked at the Ford Forestry Center in L'Anse, Mich, until his retirement.
Over his lifetime he enjoyed playing guitar, gardening, reading, working with wood and spending time with his grandchildren. Ray was very intelligent and was willing to share his knowledge with anyone. He will be sadly missed by his family and friends.
On Oct. 16, 1955 he married Isabel Suszka and adopted her daughter Linda. They had four children together. She preceded him in death on July 27, 1998.
He is survived by his children Linda (Al) Baumgart of Kiel, Myron Klahn, Mark (Lori) Klahn, Adam (Iris) Klahn, all of Fence, and Rae Bracke (Ed Jones) of Lowell; his grandchildren Michelle (Eric) Voland of New Holstein, Kimberly Dedering of Milwaukee, Jason and Jeffrey Klahn of Baton Rouge, La., Tyler Bracke of Mayville, Amber Walsdorf of Little Chute, Isabel Jones of Lowel I, Jorge, Oscar, and Adam Klahn of Kingsford, Mich., Chad and Jeremy Baumgart of Nekoosa, and Jerry Revis of Fence; his sisters Doris Chaney of Fence, Marcella Campbell of Iron Mountain, Mich., and Mary (Joe) Danielczak of Armstrong Creek; a brother-in-law Stanley (Marge) Suszka of Florence, and a sister-in-law Nellie Suszka of South Milwaukee, also numerous nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a brother Kenneth Klahn.
Funeral services were held at the Kingsford Funeral Home, Kingsford, Mich, on Tues., June 14, 2005. Father Ed Nowakowski officiated. Burial took place in the Fence Cemetery.
Condolences may be expressed to the family of Raymond Klahn online at www.ernashfuneral
The family has entrusted the Erickson- Rochon and Nash Funeral Home of Iron Mountain and Kingsford with the funeral arrangements.
Meiselwitz-Vollstedt Funeral Home of Kiel is assisting with the local arrangements.
Tri-County News | Kiel, WI | Thursday, June 16, 2005 | pg 29