Jerome Henry Klingfus, 73, of Brookings, formerly of Austin, Minnesota, died peacefully Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018, surrounded by his loving family at the Arlington Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Funeral services are at the Mt. Calvary Lutheran Church in Brookings at 11 a.m. on Saturday. Visitation is from 10-11 a.m., Interment will be in Woodlawn Cemetery, Pipestone, Minnesota, following lunch.
He was born Sept. 21, 1944 in Austin, Minnesota, the son of Henry ,and Hilda (Askelson) Klingfuss.
Jerome grew up in Austin, attended Austin Public Schools, and served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps. A lifetime member of the V.F.W. and the Disabled American Veterans, he made his living as a millwright and welder for Wilsons, and later as a real estate agent in Rochester, Minnesota. He married Laurel Skime in Austin on Sept. 2, 2014. Jerome enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting and fishing in his spare time.
His hobby was collecting firearms. Later in life, he enjoyed traveling and spending time with his friends and family, who will miss him dearly.
Survivors include his wife Laurie Skime-Klingfus of Brookings; a son, Jeffrey (Pam) Klingfus of Prior Lake, Minnesota; a daughter, Christine (Phillip) Kruze of Grand Marais, Minnesota; stepsons Eric Skime and Tom (Pennie) Skime of Elkton; eight grandchildren; his brother Darrel (Nancy) Klingfuss of Northwood, Iowa, his sister-in-law Elfie Klingfus of Austin, Minnesota; many nieces, nephews, other relatives, and friends.
Jerome was preceded in death by his brother George Klingfus and his sister Bonnie Anderley.
Memorials can be directed to the Fisher House Foundation at 111 Rockville Pike No. 420, Rockville, Maryland. 20850, Free Urns for Veterans at Post Office Box 689, Anoka, Minnesota 55303, or recipient of donor’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.worlein.com. Eidsness Funeral Home is assisting the family with local arrangements.