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2017-06-14 / Obituaries

Calvin Earl Klusmeyer

Calvin Earl Klusmeyer, age 93 of Curtis, died Monday morning June 12, 2017 at Newberry Assisted Living Community under the love and care of his family, assisted living friends and North Woods Home Health and Hospice.

Calvin was born the middle child of Lloyd and Jessie Klusmeyer on August 2, 1923 in Burlington, WI and was a 1942 graduate of Valparaiso High School in Valparaiso, IN. Following graduation, he attended The South Bend College of Business until enlisting in the United States Navy on February 11, 1943. After basic training at Great Lakes, IL, Calvin was stationed in the Russell Islands in the South Pacific during World War II. He spent two years at a Landing Craft Repair Base and an additional year at the Navy Pier in Chicago, IL. Calvin was honorably discharged on February 3, 1946, attaining the rank of Seaman First Class.

While in Chicago, he met his future wife Martha "Mardee" while skating at the Chicago Arena. They were married on August 24, 1946 in Oak Park, IL. Calvin worked as an accountant for several Chevrolet dealerships in the suburbs of Chicago and eventually settled in LaGrange where they adopted their children.

After many vacations to the Upper Peninsula, Calvin and Mardee decided they were "tired of busting their butts working for other people". They moved to Curtis where they bought "The Store" and worked together growing the small grocery business for 18 years. During that time, Calvin also started and ran a successful cheese and deli business (The Curtis Cheese Company) that delivered around the Easter Upper Peninsula. In addition, Calvin was the Business Manager for 12 years at Tahquamenon Area Schools.

Retirement was spent traveling and spending winters in Alabama and Florida where he enjoyed many good and not so good rounds of golf. Besides his grandchildren, one of the biggest thrills of his life was participating in the UP Honor Flight Mission VII with his son, Bruce, accompanying him on the trip and enjoying the day that he often spoke of. Through the years, spending time with his family and friends, watching football, baseball and golf on TV, following the stock market, making spreadsheets, lists and writing a journal of his life were several activities that filled his days.

Calvin attended the Curtis Baptist Church and was a longtime member of the Newberry Country Club and the American Legion Post #74.

Calvin is preceded in death by his parents, his wife Mardee on March 19, 2010, siblings Roger Klusmeyer and Dorothy Masterson.

Survivors include his son Bruce (Lisa) Klusmeyer of Newberry and daughter Lora (Frank) Spincich of Lakefield; grandchildren Lyndee (James Peterson) Rushford, Brandon (Molly) Klusmeyer, MaKayla Klusmeyer, Kristi (Wayne) Beneke, Chad (Tracy) Spincich and Jessica (Brian) Rahilly; nine greatgrandchildren.

Friends may call at the Curtis Baptist Church on Saturday June 17, 2017 from 10:00 am until 11:00 am. A Memorial Service will follow at 11:00 am at the church with Pastor Ray White officiating. Interment with military honors conducted by the American Legion Post #74 and the United States Navy Honor Guard will follow at Woodlawn Cemetery in Curtis.

Memorials may be directed to Upper Peninsula Honor Flight, 7480 J Road, Gladstone, MI 49837. Please include "In memory of Calvin Klusmeyer" on the memo line.

Condolences may be expressed at

Beaulieu Funeral Home in Newberry is assisting the family.

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