|Birth: ||Sep. 9, 1931|
|Death: ||Oct. 20, 2007|
A memorial service for Harold "Fat" Kielblock was held Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 24, 2007, at United Methodist Church in Jackson, Minn., with Pastor David Brown officiating. Inurnment was at Miller-Hillside Cemetery in Jackson, with military rites by Jackson American Legion and VFW Posts. Fat passed away at his home on Oct. 20, 2007.
Grandsons as urn bearers were Drew Wedebrand and Jeff Michel. Honorary bearers were Lila Cushman, Deb Whisney, Larry Olsen and Doug Johnson. Ushers were Richard Libra and Deane Garber. Rick Thompson was reader. Music was provided by Jerry Schlager, organist, and Pastor Randy Koppen and Christopher Kielblock, soloists. Osterberg Funeral Service handled the funeral arrangements.
Harold "Fat" William Kielblock was born on Sept. 9, 1931, in Enterprise Township, Jackson County, Minn., the son of William and Anna (Grunst) Kielblock. As a youth, he attended country school and graduated from Jackson High School in 1949. In 1950, he joined the Minnesota National Guard and was stationed at Camp Rucker in Alabama. He was united in marriage to Marilyn (Mary) Jones on Oct. 14, 1953, at First Presbyterian Church in Jackson. He spent nine years working for Wallin Construction, helping to build Jackson's United Methodist Church, before becoming part of Peoples Natural Gas Company for the next 34 years, retiring in 1993.
Fat was a member of United Methodist Church, where he was active as a confirmation mentor, financial secretary, on the Board of Trustees, in the men's prayer group, as well as an usher and groundskeeper. He was very active with AFS for over 26 years, placing over 60 foreign students with host families in Jackson, Lakefield, Mountain Lake and Sherburn, earning the Margret and Thomas Vennum Founders Award in 2006. He was a member of the Jackson Lions Club for 24 years, helping with Special Olympics Track and Field, being awarded the Lion of the Year in 1993, and then earning the Melvin Jones Award in 2004. He was a volunteer fireman with the Jackson Fire/Ambulance Department for 25 years. He was a member of the American Legion for 51 years, helping with bingo at several community events and many county fairs; he also served with the color guard. He was given a Friends of Education certificate by Minnesota Education Association in 1994, Good Neighbor Award by KEYC in 1995, and in 1996, he was selected as the Minnesota representative to Washington, was given the Angels Unaware recognition by Jackson Chamber of Commerce in 1999, and was grand marshal at Jackson Town and Country Days in 1999. He was also involved with WESCAP as a volunteer driver and in the Big Buddy program. In August 2007, he was selected Jackson County Senior Citizen of the Year. Fat could always be found with tickets to sell to help out fund-raisers throughout the community.
Fat is survived by his wife of 54 years, Mary of Jackson; two daughters, Sara (Tim) Treybal of Jackson, and Kari (Mark) Huseth of Elbow Lake; eight grandchildren, Drew (Sara) Wedebrand, Emily (Andrew) Arduser, Breana (Billy) Kroll, Jeffrey Michel, Laraya Michel, Shannon Kielblock, Christopher Kielblock and Patrick Nelson; and six great-grandchildren, Mason and Hannah Wedebrand, Brittany and Braeden Arduser, Quentin Kroll and Tyus Nelson; a brother, Ken (Jean) Kielblock of Sedona, Ariz.; two sisters, Phyllis Kielblock of Eden Prairie, and Ila (Joe) Wenzel of Jackson; and special family members, Tiffany Treybal, Eric, Danny and Amy Huseth, Jennie Kuester, Jordan Hammer, Tom (Terry) Barlow and sons, William (Shannon) and Carl (Jenny) Barlow, Jackie and Paul Christiansen and sons, Alex and Bennett Christiansen, Dave Drever, Joe Wolf, and all who called him Dad or Grandpa.
Fat was preceded in death by his parents; a son, Craig; and a sister, Ruth Ann Grunst.
Reward or recognition was not what Fat was seeking in life. He did so many things anonymously just because he knew that whatever he was doing for someone may make a difference. He was very generous with his time and was committed to service. Dad made us proud by his example in life.
Marilyn F Jones Kielblock (1933 - 2011)*
Created by: DaveVangsness
Record added: Jan 06, 2008
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