January 10, 1921 - November 16, 2011
Joseph Klunder, Military Officer and Great ManAn official obituary of Joseph Klunder's life can be found on the Washington Post:
Although I am only a distant relative of Col. Joseph Klunder, I cannot say how pleased I am to have the same name as this man. Following family tradition, the Klunder's seem to aspire to be in the military. I am sure the patriotism, Catholicism, and kindness that comes with our family can give us silent pride.
Joseph Klunder was a dedicated soldier, businessman, and family man. I am proud to honor him well.
For those wishing to read that obituary of Joseph Dominic Klunder, here it is the pasted text, in case Washington Post ever takes down obituaries:
Joseph Dominic Klunder
Army Officer, Store Manager
Joseph Dominic Klunder, 89, a retired Army lieutenant colonel and manager at a Woodward & Lothrop department store in Washington, died Nov. 16 at Inova Mount Vernon Hospital in Alexandria. He had complications from a brain tumor operation in September.
Col. Klunder, a native of New York City, served in the Army from 1941 to 1961, most of the time in the Transportation Corps. During World War II, he arrived at Normandy in the days after the invasion. He also participated in the Inchon amphibious landing during the Korean War.
Joseph Klunder’s final active-duty assignment was adjutant of the 9th Logistical Command headquarters on Okinawa. Joseph Klunder’s decorations include the Bronze Star.
Col. Klunder settled in the Washington area in 1961 and spent 20 years at Woodward & Lothrop, retiring as a manager in the rug and home furnishings department.
Joseph Klunder was a member of St. Louis Catholic Church in Alexandria, where he lived.
Joe Klunder first wife, Lillian Wagers Klunder, died in 1958.
Survivors include his wife of 46 years, Ann Jordan Klunder of Alexandria; three children from his first marriage, Gretchen Raber of Alexandria, Joseph Klunder Jr. of New Carrollton and Mark Klunder of Las Cruces, N.M.; two sons from his second marriage, Navy Capt. Matthew Klunder of Naval Air Station Lemoore, Calif., and Loren Klunder of Alexandria; 12 grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.