DAN KLASNADan Klasna died at the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Silver Bay on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.
Dan Klasna died at the Minnesota Veteran's Home in Silver Bay on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013.
Dan was born at home near Kinney to Bude and Draga (Drakulich) Klasna on Oct. 5, 1921.
He graduated from Martin Hughes High School in Buhl, being active in football (tackle/fullback) and curling, winning the 1940 and 1941 District Championships respectively. He attended Virginia Junior College for a year before joining the army. Stationed in NYC, Dan made numerous trips in transport planes to Prestwick, Scotland. Stops were also made in Stephenville, Newfoundland; Meeks, Iceland; Azores; Casablanca (French Morocco) and St. George, Bermuda. Later, at the entrance to the Army Air Corps base at Long Beach, he met many celebrities, including Bing Crosby.
Soon after returning home he became the Founding, First Commander of the Buhl V.F.W. Post 6035.
In the mid 50's he joined and later became a lifetime member of the AAD Shriners, Chisholm and Hibbing Masonic Lodges, as well as the Eveleth Elks. In addition he was a member of St. Basil's Serbian Church.
During the 50's and 60's Dan was Chief of Police in Buhl, and with 140 voting members was elected President (1962) of the Minnesota Arrowhead Peace Officers Association, being awarded its lifetime membership in 1965.
He was also the plainclothes police liaison/driver for Kennedy during his Presidential campaign visit to the Iron Range in October 1960.
For decades he enjoyed curling throughout the United States and Canada, winning the Minnesota Elks and V.F.W. bonspiels.
For over 70 years Dan looked forward to cutting, hauling, chopping and stacking wood. He drove the Ford Model A flatbed truck for 60 of those years. He retired early from Eveleth Taconite so he and Sophia could take care of their mother in her home.
Dan was preceded in death by his brother, Robert; parents; sisters, Mary Marold and Dorothy Pilmer; and nephew, Robert Marold.
Survivors include sisters, Sophia Bukvich of Buhl Mildred Wicks of Kansas City, Mo.; brother, George of Buhl; brother-in-law, Robert Pilmer of Palos Verdes, Calif.; nieces, Karen Klasna of Minneapolis, Mary Ann Marold Cohoe of Hibbing. Sharon Pilmer Radcliff M.D. of Piedmont, Calif.; nephews, Dan Klasna of Minneapolis, Steven Bukvich of Buhl, James Marold of Minnetonka, Minn., and several great nephews
SERVICE: 5 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013 in St. Basil's Serbian Orthodox Church in Chisholm with visitation beginning one hour prior to the service. Rev. Radomir Plavsic will officiate. Burial will be immediately after the service at the Chisholm Cemetery. Military Honors accorded by the Buhl-Kinney Great Scott Honor Guard. Memorials are preferred to the St. Basil's Serbian Church in Chisholm. Arrangements are with Range Funeral Home in Hibbing. To sign the online guest book or send condolences visit www.rangefuneralhomes.com.