Donald A. “Don” Klavohn, 95, a longtime Geneseo businessman and civic leader, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at the Avonlea Cottage Nursing Home, in Milan. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at First Congregational Church, in Geneseo. The Rev. Bruce Bergthold officiated. A visitation was from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (one hour before the service) Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the church. Cremation rites were accorded following the service and a private inurnment took place at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be left to the Don Klavohn Memorial Fund to be dispersed to several Geneseo organizations for the benefit of the City of Geneseo. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Donald A. “Don” Klavohn, 95, a longtime Geneseo businessman and civic leader, died Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, at the Avonlea Cottage Nursing Home, in Milan. Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Dec. 5 at First Congregational Church, in Geneseo. The Rev. Bruce Bergthold officiated. A visitation was from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. (one hour before the service) Wednesday, Dec. 5, at the church. Cremation rites were accorded following the service and a private inurnment took place at Oakwood Cemetery. Memorials may be left to the Don Klavohn Memorial Fund to be dispersed to several Geneseo organizations for the benefit of the City of Geneseo. Vandemore Funeral Home & Crematory, in Geneseo, is assisting the family with arrangements.

Don was born July 14, 1923, in Geneseo, the son of Charles and Hilda (Swanson) Klavohn. He graduated from Geneseo High School with the Class of 1940. Don married Suzanne A. “Zanne” Hanford on Sept. 7, 1945, in Geneseo. Zanne preceded him in death in 2002. Don was the founder of the former Klavohn Furniture Store, which he owned and operated in downtown Geneseo for 56 years. The store was a well-known fixture of the city for many years.

One of Don’s objectives was to make Geneseo an attractive place to live, own a home, and raise a family. He was proud to have an influential role in the development of the “Off Street Parking Project” in downtown Geneseo. In his opinion, “the downtown business district leaves a lasting impression of the quality of the community.” Don was extremely proud to be a businessman in Geneseo, the city he loved, and it was his wish that the pride in the development and tradition of Geneseo be continued for many years to come.

Don was a member of the Kiwanis Club, where he served as a past president, as well as, Geneseo Country Club; Stewart Lodge #92, AF & AM; Geneseo Moose Lodge; and a longtime member of the First Congregational Church. Don also was an active member, and longtime supporter of the Geneseo Chamber and the Victorian Walk. In true businessman fashion, Don loved to stay up-to-date on the investment markets. He was an avid golfer and loved to sing. He was a member of the church choir and the Four Roses Quartet group.

Those left to cherish his memory include his daughter, Janet Klavohn, of Geneseo; and several nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Hilda; his wife, Zanne; and two brothers, Richard “Dick” Klavohn and Wilbur “Web” Klavohn.