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Melvin Klotz

March 16, 1919-Feb. 13, 2008

Melvin H. Klotz, 88, of Detroit Lakes, died Wednesday, February 13, 2008 at Emmanuel Nursing Home, Detroit Lakes.

Melvin H. Klotz was born to Albert and Ernestine (Kopischke) Klotz on March 16, 1919 in Morgan, Minn., where he grew up and received his education, graduating from Morgan High School. He worked at the Creamery in Morgan for a few years before entering the United States Army in 1943. He was stationed in California, where he attended the University of California-Davis, studying radio Ccmmunications. Following his schooling he was transferred to New Guinea, where he served as a switchboard operator until his discharge in 1946.

Following his return from the service, Melvin lived in Renville, Minn., where he owned and operated a radio repair shop. In 1959 he and his family moved to Minneapolis, where he worked for the Marquette Corporation as an electronic technician. In 1971 they moved to Santa Ana, Calif., where he continued working as an electronic technician until retiring in 1982. Shortly after his retirement they moved to rural Detroit Lakes, residing on Many Point Lake. They moved into Detroit Lakes in 2000.

Melvin was a very active member of Trinity Lutheran Church. He was an avid fisherman who loved fishing with his grandsons. He also loved time spent with his coffee group.

Surviving Melvin are his wife, Alpha Klotz; two sons, John Klotz of Dubuque, Iowa, and Mark Klotz of Minneapolis; one daughter, Virginia Clark of Plymouth, Minn.; one stepdaughter, Jan (Jim) Ullrich of Lake Park; three grandsons; three great grandchildren; one niece and three nephews.

Preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters, Lena Haase and Esther Voeltz; and one brother, Herbert Klotz.

Visitation will be from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 15 at West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes, with a 7 p.m. prayer service.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Detroit Lakes, with the Rev. Dan Babine and Rev. Howard Stewart officiating. Casket bearers will be Dovie Raye, Charles Carlson, Jim Langemo, Terry Carlisle, Tim Zastro and Howard Westlie.

Burial will be in Fort Snelling National Cemetery, Minneapolis. Arrangements have been entrusted to West-Kjos Funeral Home, Detroit Lakes. Those wanting to share memories and condolences are invited to use the funeral home's online messages of sympathy section at