Wilbur F. Klavohn, 81, of Geneseo, died Thursday, Oct. 11, 2012, at Hammond-Henry Hospital Long Term Care Unit. Memorial services celebrating Wilbur's life were held Tuesday, Oct. 16 at Vandemore Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Geneseo. The Rev. Bruce Bergthold officiated. Per his request, cremation rites have been accorded and inurnment will follow services in Oakwood Cemetery, Geneseo. A visitation was held Monday, Oct. 15 at the funeral home. Memorials may be directed to the Wilbur Klavohn Memorial Fund.
He was born on Aug. 18, 1931, in Geneseo, the son of Charles and Hilda (Swanson) Klavohn. He was a 1949 graduate of Geneseo High School. He married Yvonne VanDeVoorde on March 9, 1991, in Geneseo. He owned and operated Klavohn Excavating in Geneseo for more than 40 years. He was a member of First Congregational Church, the Geneseo Moose Lodge No. 990 and was a 50-year member of Stewart Masonic Lodge No. 92 AF&AM. He enjoyed metal and woodworking, fishing and shooting at the former rifle range in Geneseo. His passion was excavating with his John Deere equipment.
Survivors include his wife, Yvonne; two step-sons and spouse, Bob Berry of Washington, D.C. and Rick and Amy Berry of Colona; two step-daughters and spouses, Lynn and Greg Denzin of Kansas City, Mo. and Tammy and Jeff Howald of Westport, Conn.; six grandchildren, Michael, Connor, Peter, Lucas, Jacob and Anna; one brother, Don Klavohn of Geneseo; one niece, Janet S. Klavohn, and one nephew, Terry Klavhon. He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother, Dick Klavohn, and one son, Rusty Klavohn.