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Paul "Pete" Klemme

Rev. David W. Ellis
Organist ~ Sharon Orth
Congregational Hymns
“Amazing Grace”
“Just As I Am, Without One Plea”
“Nearer, My God, to Thee”
George Bauder
Ryan Bauder
Chris Konrad
Ken Konrad
Clay Wittmeier
Lee Wittmeier
Paul “Pete” Klemme was born on December 10, 1918 to Arthur & Ida (Treick) Klemme in Scotland, South Dakota. His religious journey began with his baptism at Bethany Reformed Church, where he was also confirmed. He attended Nelles Country School and Scotland High School.  He grew up on the family farm near Kaylor, South Dakota. On September 6, 1941 Pete was united in marriage to Esther Bietz at Parker, South Dakota. They proudly raised shorthorn cattle which they truly spoiled.  Never was there a stray dog that was not taken in at the Klemme farm. Having lived thru the hard times of the 30’s, weather was always a main concern. All of his life he looked to the west to see if the rain clouds would reach us in time. After a storm we knew the phone would ring, and Grandpa Pete would be checking on the rain totals.  He was often found with friends and neighbors playing card games, especially Whist. Even at the age of 94, he still took part in Bible study and bingo.
He loved being a part of his grandchildren’s lives.  Grandma and Grandpa Pete would always take them fishing at the river, and he offered his advice while waiting for the big one. He enjoyed seeing his great grandchildren.
Pete passed away on January 28, 2013 at Avera Sacred Heart Hospital. Pete is survived by his two daughters:  Gay Lynn (Ken) Konrad of Kaylor and Paula (George) Bauder of Scotland; three grandchildren: Chris (Kristi) Konrad of Mitchell, Cheri (Lee) Wittmeier of Tyndall, and Ryan (Kelli) Bauder of Scotland; and four great grandchildren: Clay and Lacey Wittmeier; Morgan and Marty Bauder.
In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his wife Esther, in October 2011, brother Elmer (Ella) Klemme, sisters Ruth Klemme, Lola (Otto) Jenner, Alice Klemme, and nephew Allen Klemme.

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My condolences on the loss of your dad. He was a strong part of the Klemme family circle that I remember so fondly from growing up next door to your grandfather and aunts in Scotland. The reunion in heaven is joyous. May your memories carry you through the sadness of these days.

Jane (Orth) Rokusek Feb 1 2013 8:21 AM

Sorry for your loss. You have our deep condolences.

Forrest and Barb Conrad Jan 31 2013 3:01 PM

Our heartfelt sympathy to you at this sad time. Paul and Esther were such special neighbors and friends. We well remember Paul's gentle manner and his willingness to help his sister, Alice, who was our next door neighbor. May God grant you comfort as you remember the love of this man who lived a life of devotion to his God, his family and his friends. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Marvin and Agnes Thum

Marvin and Agnes Thum Jan 31 2013 10:53 AM

Paula and Gay Lynn and families, I am truly sorry for your dad's passing but he is finally resting peacefully. Having known him for many years, I have one memory of him that will always make me laugh, and that was the first time I called him Pete. He went from a look of pure shock to full hearted laughter, it just took him by surprise, but it is a great memory of him, and I know you have many, many more that will be with you forever. May those happy memories see you through this difficult time.

Sharon Weisz Jan 31 2013 4:22 AM

We were so sorry to hear of your Dad's Homegoing. His memory in our minds will be of a quiet, soft-spoken gentleman who was very kind hearted. He was a GREAT roommate to my father, Leland Koth, while in the Scotland GSC! We could have never chosen a more perfect companion to share time with. May you feel God's loving arms embracing you during those lonely times. He is ENOUGH to meet your every need. Lean on Him.......

Diane Meyer Jan 30 2013 11:38 AM