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Alfred Kleist

1909 - 2006

 

Alfred A. Kleist, 96, of Watertown, entered his eternal home January 18, 2006. He died at home after a brief illness.

 

A funeral service will be held at St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Watertown at 3 p.m. Saturday with the Rev. James Werner officiating.  Burial will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

 

Arrangements made by Hafemeister Funeral Home.

 

Alfred was born Oct. 2, 1909, in the town of Oconomowoc, the son of Karl Kleist and Clara Ratke. He married Elda Damrow on Sept. 5, 1948, in Watertown. He was a member of St. Mark's Lutheran Church in Watertown.

 

After attending St. Paul's Lutheran School in Oconomowoc, Alfred began his work career, which spanned more than a dozen jobs, from cutting ice for refrigeration from Lac La Belle to guarding German prisoners of war at the Pabst Farms during World War II. He spent more than 20 years as a truck driver for Hartland Sand and Gravel Company. A kind and personable man, Alfred enjoyed travel, reading, his church and his family.

 

Survivors include Elda of Watertown; two sons, the Rev. Dennis (Kerri) of Appleton and Dean (Patricia) of Port Washington; 10 grandchildren; and one brother, Alvin Kleist of Oconomowoc. He was preceded in death by one brother, Charles, and three sisters, Veronica, Minnie and Laura.

 

 

 

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