Barry Klemek, 59, of Hewitt passed away after a year-long battle with cancer with family by his side at his home February 2, 2021, under the tender care of Lakewood Health System Hospice.
A celebration of life memorial service was held Feb. 9 at the United Methodist Church in Hewitt with Pastor Ken Uhren presiding. Honorary Urn Bearers were his grandchildren.
Burial will be held at a later date in Calvary Cemetery, Wadena.
Barry was born to Max Jr. and Mary Lou (Hennagir) Klemek on July 29, 1961 in Browerville. He attended high school at Bertha-Hewitt and graduated in 1980. Barry married Robin Ann Laust on Dec. 6, 1980, in Hewitt. For over 30 years, he worked at Lund boats in New York Mills. He worked in numerous departments and made many friends. The last eight years, Barry worked for the United States Postal Service as a city carrier based out of Wadena, but traveling to help in Brainerd, Park Rapids, Perham, Little Falls, Long Prairie, Staples and Sauk Centre.
He loved fishing with his family, even catching a few “big ones” over the years. He shared his love of hunting with his dad, brother and children and had a few trophies in his collection. He was smart, loving and an excellent cook. He was also known for his quick wit, great sense of humor and ready smile. He will be deeply missed by his family and friends especially by his six grandchildren with whom he spent as much time as possible with as their devoted “Papa.”
Holding Barry’s memory close in the their hearts are his wife, Robin of Hewitt; three children, Matthew Klemek of Bertha, Megan (Eddie) Dolezal of Bertha and Michael (Ashley) Klemek of Deer Creek; six grandchildren, Max Klemek, Lauren, Alexa, Claire and Rylee Dolezal and Ryan Klemek; father, Max Klemek, Jr.; one brother, Larry (Marilyn) Klemek of Bertha; one sister, Karen (Paul) Walgren of Clarissa; along with a host of family, friends and neighbors.
Preceding Barry in death were his mother, Mary Lou; father-in-law, Charles Laust; brother-in-law, Earl “Chip” Laust and sister-in-law, Brenda Laust.
Arrangements were by the Schuller Family Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Domian-Anderson Chapel, Bertha, www.SchullerFamilyFH.com.