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Elwood Lloyd Klingbeil, age 91, lifelong resident of Bricelyn, MN, died Friday, October 26, 2018 at The Shepherd's Inn in Wells, MN, surrounded by his family. A Funeral Service will be held Tuesday, October 30, 2018 at 11:00 AM at Bricelyn Lutheran Church with Matt Hundley and Steven Lorenz officiating. Visitation will be Monday, October 29, 2018 from 5:00 to 7:00 PM at Bruss-Heitner Funeral Home in Bricelyn, MN, and will continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Tuesday. Interment will be at Rice Lake Cemetery in Foster Twp., Faribault Co., MN.

Elwood Lloyd was born March 25, 1927 the son of George and Clara (Courrier) Klingbeil. He attended and graduated from Faribault County School District #51 on June 26th, 1940 and went on to graduate from Bricelyn High School on May 24th, 1944. After graduation, Elwood worked as a farmer with his father in rural Bricelyn. On September 7, 1949 Elwood was united in marriage to Geraldine Wegner at Rice Lake EUB church.

Elwood's life centered around constantly improving his farm, his love of horses, and the land, while raising his five children and trying his best to serve the Lord in any way he could. He served his church faithfully and generously with the gift of time, and used his singing talents for Solo and Gospel Quartet. He spent many years volunteering his time and talents to Prairie River Camp near Bricelyn. Elwood was a founding member on the Board of Directors for Christian radio station KJLY in Blue Earth, MN, and spent many hours in prayer ministry there. In 1985, Elwood and Jerri spent three months in Kailua-Kona, HI, attending YWAM Discipleship Training School. Elwood traveled to Russia with his son Paul for a mission trip in 1990. At the 2005 Faribault County Fair, Elwood was awarded the Outstanding Senior Citizen Award. In 2010 his farm received recognition status as a Century Farm for Faribault County.

Elwood is survived by his children: Gene (Kris) of Burnsville, Steven (Miriam) of Wells, Paul of Anoka, Darla (Mark) Walton of Bricelyn, Julie (Paul) Adelmann of Guthrie, OK; daughter-in-law: Nancy Klingbeil of Ramsey, MN; grandchildren: Erin (Chris) Judson, Sara (Ben) Schermerhorn, Emily (Santiago) Jariton, Ellen Klingbeil, Laura Klingbeil, Timothy (Liz) Klingbeil, Hilary (Michael) Milner, Hannah Klingbeil, Caleb (Alyssa) Klingbeil, Christina (Ryan) Allen, Melinda (Brian) Johnson, Nathaniel (Katie) Walton, David (Jade) Walton, Zachary (Jessica) Walton, Tyler Adelmann, Alexis Adelmann, Rachel Adelmann, and Garrett Adelmann; 21 great-grandchildren with two more on the way; sister Delores (Bob) Wilke of Owatonna; sisters-in-law: LaVon Wegner and Jaunice Gerber, both of Wells, MN.

He is preceded in death by his parents and wife Geraldine.

It is noted that one of the best attributes he passed down to his children and their children was a strong work ethic for us to succeed in whatever we do and his tremendous love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.