Mr. Klaessy passed away May 19, 2009, in Prior Lake, Minn.
Joel Allen Klaessy was the son of Don and Marilou (Green ) Klaessy and was born Nov. 1, 1946, in Spencer. Joel had one sister Karen Olbert and his parents are deceased.
He graduated from Washington High School in 1965, in Sioux Falls, S.D. Various work took him to Mitchell, S.D., and Boulder, Colo., where he ran a shopper newspaper called the Grapevine. Joel owned a mattress store in Boulder for 10 years. Later he traveled to several states managing sales for Oak Furniture stores.
Joel is survived by two uncles, including Earl Klaessy and his wife, Verla of Spencer; as well as other extended family.