PITTSBURG — Brian Charles Klusener, of Pittsburg, died Dec. 15, 2011 at Via Christi Hospital in Pittsburg following a sudden illness. He was 59 years old.
Brian was born Saturday, Sept. 20, 1952 in Ellsworth, the son of Alvin and Mary (Frost) Klusener.
He grew up on farms near Lucas, and graduated from high school in Wakefield. He met his wife of 34 years, Laura (Lee), at the guest registry while attending church in Lawrence. They were married Nov. 25, 1977.
For many years, Brian worked as a computer programmer in Wichita. He loved participating in Boy Scouts events with his sons, William and Andrew, both of Pittsburg, and was a Scout Master for Troop 408 for many years. He enjoyed pheasant hunting and teaching his sons to shoot. He was an avid family historian and spent many hours researching his Scottish and German heritage. Brian also was a living historian, and portrayed a photographer at many Civil War re-enactments.
He moved to Pittsburg with his family in 2003 when Laura, an occupational therapist, began working at Via Christi Hospital. In 2006, he completed a life-long goal of finishing college, earning a bachelor’s degree in business from Friends University. He worked as a delivery driver for Senior Services in Pittsburg, and called the friends he made on his routes “my people.” He was very active in St. John Lutheran Church.
He is survived by his wife and sons; a daughter-in-law, Lora; his stepmother, Kay Klusener, Junction City; a brother, John, and his fiancé, Shelly Allen, Topeka; a sister, Janice Russell and her husband, Earl; eight nieces and nephews; and two great-nieces. Brian was preceded in death by his parents.
A memorial service is scheduled at 11 a.m. on Monday, Dec. 19 at St. John Lutheran Church, 304 W. Third in Pittsburg, with Pastor Tom Wehrman officiating.
Memorials can be made to the Boy Scouts of America or St. John Lutheran Church Activity Center, and can be left in the care of Brenner Mortuary, 114 E. Fourth Street, Pittsburg, KS, 66762. On-line condolences can be left at www.brennermortuary.com.
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Great Bend (Kan) Tribune, Dec. 18, 2011