Carl Eugene Kluesner, a long-time resident of Lima, Montana, passed away peacefully on September 16, 2023 in his favorite chair. He was 85 years old.
Born on June 29, 1938, in Blackfoot, Idaho, Carl was the son of William Louis and Cora May (Daffin) Kluesner. His family moved to Lima, Montana when he was young. He grew up in Lima, graduated from Lima High School, and spent his entire life there.
Carl was an active participant in the community, serving as a Scoutmaster, a member of the Lima Rural Fire Department, and a member of the Lima City Council. Those who knew him best remember his smile and unassuming demeanor. He worked briefly in the construction industry and then became a Section Man for the Union Pacific Railroad. He was a man of few words but spoke volumes through his actions. Carl's work ethic was unmatched, and he spent a lifetime helping family and friends in Lima.
Carl married Karen Gleason on June 20, 1959. Together they had 6 children. He married Carol Gregory on November 26, 1982 and Carl helped raise 2 more children. Carl supported his children in their activities and could be found at almost all of the Lima school sports events throughout his life. Carl and Carol enjoyed retirement life hosting at several local campgrounds. He loved to fish and tell stories around the campfire. Later in life, his stories were enjoyed by his posterity on the back patio in Lima. Carl enjoyed working in his shop and going on car rides with Carol to explore the land throughout the area.
Carl is survived by his wife, Carol; his children Mary Jane (Lee), Linda (King), Russell, Robert, Steven Gregory, Diana (Gregory) Slater; and siblings Louis, Anna May (Cheney), Louise (Wingert), Fred, Rose (Comstock), and John. He also leaves behind 19 grandchildren, and 42 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Bernita, Margaret, Joseph, Josephine, Ed, Frank, and Gertrude; and two daughters, Karolyn and Kathleen.
His humility, kindness, and sense of humor endeared him to all who knew him. He will be deeply missed by his family, friends, and the entire Lima community.
No services are planned at this time. Memorials may be sent to the Lima Rural Fire Department in his name. The family wishes to thank the Lima EMS for their kindness and support the past few weeks.