George F. “Buck” Klaus
Monday, March 31, 1930
Date of Death:
Tuesday, January 7, 2020
89 years old
George F. “Buck” Klaus
George Floyd “Buck” Klaus, 89, of Rochester, MN died Tuesday January 7, 2020 at St. Marys Hospital in Rochester.
George was born on March 31, 1930 in La Crosse, Wisconsin to Arthur and Helen (Gonderzik) Klaus. He graduated from Logan High School in 1948. After high school he enjoyed working at La Crosse Tool and Die Company. From September 1950 to February 1955, he was enlisted in the United States Navy. In 1951, he married Shirley Gautsch and they later divorced in 1979. In 1959, they established their home in Rochester, Minnesota when he began his employment at IBM as a manufacturing engineer. He also enjoyed working nights and weekends at Industrial Tool Crafters in Galesville, Wisconsin. He retired from IBM in 1990 then went on to work at Pemstar, Brady Manufacturing, and Benchmark Electronics. He officially retired at 82 years old.
Buck made visiting with friends and family a priority. He also enjoyed watching the wildlife in his backyard, watching the Green Bay Packers, and reading about history and firearms.
He is survived by two sisters, Jaqueline Wilson and Spring Klaus; children, Barbara Ryan (Joseph), Lorraine Beck (Daniel), Zachary Klaus (Diane), Sarah Ulrich (Robert), William Klaus (Lorraine), and Sabrina Duffy and Grant Duffy; 13 grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his son, Fredrick Klaus; parents; brothers, Arthur “Skip” Klaus and William Klaus; sister, Patricia Johnson; and his beloved dog, Mindy.
The funeral service will be private. Burial will be in Mormon Coulee Memorial Park in La Crosse, WI.
The family of George F. “Buck” Klaus has received the following condolences.
Dear Barb and family who may remember me from your neighborhood on 33rd St. SW from '63-'65.
I was touched that your father noted the passing of my husband Art in December 2014. I don't remember talking with George but I got to know you, Lorraine and Zach. You cooperated so nicely with singing "Do, re, me" and welcomed me home from the hospital with Baby Susan 53 years ago!
I send my sympathy in your loss now.
Megan and Family,
So sorry to hear about your Grandfather. Our prayers are with you and your family.
Rich and Mary
I am sorry to hear about George i have always been greatfull my family was allowed to hunt his land for so many years.I always thought that was very nice of him and his family. Kevin Tyler
So Sorry to hear about George's passing. Almost as long as I've known Terry, we've gone to gun shows. George was always at MWCA or ZVAC shows with a table. He was ALWAYS cordial, and would visit with me. He would answer my questions, and explain things I asked about. I married someone who enjoys using firearms, and knows a LOT about them. George never made me feel that I was asking a silly question. I appreciated his willingness to share his knowledge with me. He will be missed. I offer my prayers for your family, Especially Zach, and wife and children. Jacque Sanders
Lorraine and Family,
I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your father. My prayers and thoughts are with you at the difficult time.
So sorry to hear of Buck's passing. Lots of memories that we shared. The kids were good friends while growing up in Onalaska. Lots of playing on the sidewalks and the street as there was very little traffic - nothing was built beyond the corner until a street went through in later years. Will think of you in the coming days. God Bless all of you in your sorrow. If you are ever in the Onalaska area, I have moved to 3770 Emerald Drive E, appt #133. It's called Havenwood of Onalaska. Fondly, Marilyn Fox
Bob Ulrich is a life-long friend of mine and we were room-mates back in 1980 when he met Sarah. I never had the opportunity to meet her dad, but Bob has spoken highly of Buck and even credits him with most of his own personal success in this life.
Our thoughts are with all those who loved him. Continue the legacy of his life through your own.
Sincerely, Vanette Sherman
Our condolences. Buck was like an older brother to me. I remember his many visits when I was growing up in Elba. He was a good influence on my life and patiently tried to show me more constructive ways of behaving. And I remember our many visits to the Klaus family home on Liberty Street in LaCrosse. They were always so interesting.
When Buck and Shirley were married, I was the best man, and Buck was the best man when Esther and I married.
Buck lived a good and responsible life. Truly a good man and admirable cousin to me.
Larry and Esther Kieffer
Klaus Family - I'm truly sorry for your loss. Klaus was a wise and wonderful man and a great Packer fan as well! I know he'll always be rooting for the Pack from heaven! I enjoyed the many meals and his stories! This will be such a loss for you, Barb. Thinking of you in sympathy and celebrate the memories of this great man!
Zach - very sorry to hear of the passing of your father. That's amazing that he worked until he was 82, but from the time that I got to know you when you worked summers at toolcrafters it isn't surprising that he was a remarkable man.
Tom and I are so sorry to hear of Georges passing.
Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
It is hard to lose a friend and George was that.
May God Bless you
Our condolences to the family. You are in our thoughts, and prayers.
Steve and Robin Bucholz