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Richard Thomas Kluk

July 6, 1951 — February 22, 2023

New Brighton

Richard Thomas Kluk

Richard Thomas Kluk was born July 6th, 1951 in Rush City, MN to Tony and Margaret Kluk. He departed this life suddenly on Ash Wednesday, February 22nd, 2023 at Mercy Hospital in Fridley, MN due to cardiac arrest at the age of 71. Richard grew up on the family farm near Brook Park, MN. He attended Brook Park Elementary School through 8th grade and graduated from Pine City High School in 1969. He studied to be a Machine Operator at Pine City Technical Institute. He married Karen Ploub on June 20, 1981. Richard worked at 3-M in Pine City and later retired from Cub Foods in Minneapolis. Our brother Richard will be remembered for his generous and kind nature. He was always there to help people when he could, and was known to offer financial assistance to friends who asked, often to his own detriment. Because of his physical limitations his participation in organized sports was minimal, but he loved watching the Twins and Vikings games. He was a great source of information on the players, especially former Twins. And of course, he was among the millions of frustrated Vikings fans! Richard led a simple, satisfied life with his priorities being family, faith and friends, and maybe a shot or two of brandy. Richard is preceded in death by his wife Karen (Ploub), brother Daniel and sister Mary Zarembo, nieces Erin and Andrea Kluk, and nephew Robert Kluk. He is survived by four brothers and one sister: Anthony Kluk (Kathy) of Gaithersburg, MD; Donald Kluk (Carol) of Blaine, MN; Robert Kluk (Carolyn) of Hugo, MN; Fr David Kluk of Edgerton, WI and Jane Harrell of Colorado Springs, CO; as well as, numerous nieces and nephews (15) and grand nieces and nephews (28). A funeral Mass was celebrated for Richard by his brother accompanied by family on February 26th . On a date to be determined, a Mass and burial service will be at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Beroun, MN. Richard and Karen were married at St. Joseph’s and were members when they lived in the area.

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