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Gary O. Kloostra
October 4, 1951 ~ December 30, 2023 (age 72) 72 Years Old
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Gary O. Kloostra, 72, of Pardeeville, passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30, 2023 at UW Hospital in Madison, surrounded by family after a short courageous battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born October 4, 1951, son of Peter and Mayme (Smits) Kloostra.
Gary attended and graduated from Cambria High School in 1969. For many years he owned and operated Kloostra Mobil Oil Co. He and his father Pete shared the business until Pete's retirement, then Gary solely took over the business. Gary thoroughly enjoyed all of his customers throughout his years in business. After selling the business and deciding it was time to slow down, he worked for the Village of Wyocena. He then moved on and worked in the maintenance department at Divine Savior Tivoli until his retirement. His wife, Diana Kloostra, preceded him in death on April 10, 2016.
Gary enjoyed a variety of hobbies throughout his life. He was an avid hunter and enjoyed many hunting trips to Montana, Colorado and Canada with friends. His home is a reflection of his many hunting successes with a vast collection of mounted trophies. For many years he was involved in truck pulling and had great success throughout his years by winning first in his class several times. He always said his greatest moment in his truck pulling years was not any of the wins, but was getting his daughter Gina behind the wheel and down the track when she was just 16 years old. Many great friends were made during those years that he still kept in contact with until his time of passing. In his most recent years he enjoyed camping and held a seasonal site to be with his dearest friends on the weekends. He also enjoyed weekly camping trips with his grandson, Austin each summer years ago. He was well known for his quick wit with a side of sarcasm, but had the ability to make anyone laugh. Due to increased health limitations he lived the last three years with his daughter and son-in-law, Gina and Brian. Gary expressed to Gina in his final days that he was eternally grateful for his last three years, and the time he had with them every day.
Survivors include his daughter Gina (Brian) Burmania; grandson Austin Mielke; brother-in-law Rick Crook; step grandchildren Brittney (Jon), Brianna, Jordyn (Michael) and Ryan; step great-granddaughter Palmer. He is also survived by many special cousins and numerous friends. He was preceded in death by his wife Diana; his parents Peter and Mayme; and his sister Sharyn Crook.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, January 6 at 12 PM at Grasse Funeral Home in Pardeeville with Rev. Darrin Vant Hoff officiating. Visitation will be held from 10 AM until time of service. A luncheon will follow the services at the funeral home. The family wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to the amazing staff on the B6/6 Oncology Floor at UW Hospital, Madison for the amazing care, compassion and comfort provided to both Gary and the family in his final days.