George Kleinschmidt

Obit-Kleinschmidt-formattedGeorge Kleinschmidt, age 73, of Little Falls, passed away Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014, at St. Cloud Hospital following a courageous battle against leukemia.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Friday, Feb. 21, at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls, with Fr. Nicholas Landsberger officiating.

Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20 and from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. Friday, at Emblom-Brenny Funeral Service in Little Falls.

Interment with military honors by the Little Falls American Legion and VFW will be in the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery, north of Little Falls.

George Joseph Kleinschmidt was born Feb. 22, 1940, in Little Falls, the son of Edward and Bertha (Schraut) Kleinschmidt. He grew up in Little Falls and graduated from Little Falls High School, Class of 1958. Following his schooling, he enlisted in the United States Marines and served for four years. After his military service, he attended St. Cloud State University, where he received his Bachelors degree as well as his Masters. For some 30 years, George worked as a Rehabilitation Area Manager for Vocational Rehabilitation Services (State of Minnesota). When not working, George enjoyed fishing, hunting, and searching for antiques. His family will always remember him as a devoted father. He had a great sense of humor and could tell a good story. He was a member of the Little Falls American Legion, Little Falls VFW, the former Little Falls Jaycees and attended St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Little Falls.

Left to cherish his memory are his children, Debbie (Randy) Kalahar of Payson, Ariz., Renee (Bruce) Erickson of Little Falls, Terry (Michelle) Jorgenson of Eden Prairie, Kirk (Cathy Finken) Kleinschmidt of Rochester, Julie (Paul) Diethelm of St. Cloud and Chad (Teresa) Kleinschmidt of Little Falls; siblings, Patricia Nina Pappas-Hoffman of Brainerd and Edward (Margaret Peg) Kleinschmidt of Little Falls; 15 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
George was preceded in death by his parents, Edward and Bertha; sister, Elizabeth Betty Jorgenson; nephews, Russell Jorgenson and Mark Kleinschmidt.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that you consider a donation to your favorite charity in Georges name.

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