William J. “Bill” Kluemper, 75, Jasper

William J. “Bill” Kluemper, 75, of Jasper, died Tuesday, May 7, at his home. He was born in Huntingburg October 6, 1943, to Roman and Catherine (Giesler) Kluemper. He married Cynthia “Wicky” Mould.

Bill was a 1962 graduate of Jasper High School and a U.S. Air Force veteran. He and his wife opened the first fast food restaurant in Jasper, Duffy’s, which they owned and operated for many years. He also worked for Kimball for a number of years and had his own landscaping business. He was a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper and enjoyed playing cards at the Habig Center, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Cynthia “Wicky” Kluemper; one daughter, Holly Brake and husband Joseph, Jasper; two sons, Justin Kluemper and wife Karen and Sean Kluemper and wife Judith, Ferdinand; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ken Kluemper and wife Charlene, Solsberry, and Rich Kluemper and wife Linda, Bowling Green, Kentucky; and two step-brothers, J.R. Lubbers, Ferdinand, and Mark Lubbers, Schnellville.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by one sister, Peggy Oeding, and three brothers, Tom and Jerry Kluemper, and John Kluemper, who died in infancy.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Joseph Church, the Sisters of St. Benedict, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at www.becherkluesner.com. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the church with burial following at a later date in Fairview Cemetery. American Legion Post 147 will conduct military rites in the back of church after the Mass.

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