Ordean Klingbeil, 82, Bricelyn

Published 9:53 am Friday, July 8, 2011

Ordean Allen Klingbeil, 82, of Bricelyn, died Wednesday, July 6, 2011, at Mayo Clinic Health System in Albert Lea. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at North Blue Earth Lutheran Church in Brush Creek Township, Faribault County. Visitation will be from 4 to 7 p.m. today at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Saturday. The Rev. Donald Rose will officiate and burial will take place in Bricelyn Lutheran Cemetery, Seely Township, Faribault County. Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn is assisting the family with arrangements. Memorials are preferred to the Bricelyn Swimming Pool, Bricelyn Fire Department or Bricelyn Ambulance.


Ordean was born April 13, 1929, in Brush Creek Township, the son of Silas and Hulda (Ryder) Klingbeil. He was baptized May 26, 1929, at Rice Lake Evangelical Church, and was confirmed April 5, 1942. He went to country school and graduated eighth grade from District 78 on June 15, 1943. He then attended Bricelyn High School, graduating May 28, 1947. On Nov. 5, 1950 he was united in marriage to Carmen Geone Gudahl. The two were married for 60 years.

Ordean farmed in Brush Creek Township until 1995. He delivered Winnebago motor homes for 26 years. He owned a corn shelling business and picked sweet corn for the canning company for decades. He served on the school board, canning factory board, was a member of Zuhrah Shrine and was a member at North Blue Earth Lutheran Church. He enjoyed hunting and fishing in Canada, North and South Dakota, California, Alaska, Iowa, Florida, Colorado, Wyoming and Minnesota. He had his private pilot license. He loved to golf.

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Ordean is survived by his wife, Carmen, of Bricelyn; daughter, Karen Lamb (Jerry Busch), of Kiester; sons: Brian (wife Lisa) Klingbeil of Wells, Myron Klingbeil of Valley Center, Calif., and Gordon (wife Chris) Klingbeil of Prior Lake; 10 grandchildren: Rachel (husband Jeff) Lohberger, Audra Hanson, Maren Oren (Severin Ruprecht), Katie (husband Al) Hanson, Ryan Klingbeil, Eric Klingbeil, Merideth Klingbeil, Madison Klingbeil, Andrea (husband Ron) Bastyr, and Jeffrey Klingbeil; eight great-grandchildren: Cody and Reise Hanson; Tristan and Solomon Oren Ruprecht; Carissa and Elise Hanson; Carter and Grant Bastyr. He is also survived by his sister, Janice (Jerry) Clementson, of Owatonna; two sisters-in-law: Patricia Klingbeil Stoneback of Littleton, Colo., and Lorna Klingbeil of Bricelyn; and many nieces, nephews and their families.