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Funeral services today for boy killed in farm accident

Mitchell Doyle Kleindl

A 13-year-old rural Herman boy, Mitchell Doyle Kleindl, died Wednesday following a farm accident.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office reported that Kleindl was trapped under corn in a grain bin that was being unloaded on a farm southwest of Herman.

Herman First Responders, the Herman Fire Department, Donnelly First Responders, the Stevens County Ambulance Service and the sheriff's office responded.

Kleindl was found unconscious and unresponsive. CPR was administered and he was transported to Stevens Community Medical Center, where he died after attempts to resuscitate him.

The Grant County Sheriff's Office continues to investigate the accident.

Funeral services for Mitchell Doyle Kleindl, 13, of Herman will be held Monday, July 20, 2009 at 11 a.m. at the Herman High School Gymnasium in Herman with Rev. Jennifer Rose officiating. Visitation will be held Sunday, July 19, from 4 until 8 p.m. with a 7 p.m. prayer service at the Herman High School Gymnasium, and also one hour prior to services at the school. Interment will be in Lakeside Cemetery, Herman. Honorary pallbearers are: the Herman Class of 2013, the Babe Ruth "Red Team", Morris 13U baseball team, the WHN Junior High baseball team and all of Mitch's cousins. Active Pallbearers are: Matthew Kleindl, Brian Kleindl, David Kleindl, Luke Marsh, Darren Athey, Mark Baldry, Booner Oachs, and Charlie Oachs. The Ranney Funeral Home of Wheaton and Herman is in charge of arrangements.

Mitchell Doyle Kleindl was born on March 3, 1996 in Graceville. He was baptized at Trinity Lutheran Church in Clinton, Minnesota on October 20, 1996. He received his first communion at Bethel Lutheran Church in Herman, Minnesota where he was a member of the Luther League and had finished his first year of Confirmation. He lived his first year of life in Graceville before moving to Herman where he lived. He attended Headstart in Morris and Elementary school at the Herman-Norcross school in Herman where he had just completed the 7th grade.

Mitchell loved living on the farm where he could wander around and hunt. He also loved tractors, combines and lawnmowers. He loved to hunt with his Bow and BB gun and was so proud of all the game he shot. He loved to play baseball and football and spend time with friends and family. He also enjoyed playing the video games X Box, and Wii. His most favorite thing to do, was to go Bow Hunting. He shot is first deer last year. It was his dream that someday he would have his own "Hunting Television Show", or become a professional baseball player. Mitchell passed away on July 15, 2009 as a result of a farm accident at his home in rural Herman.

Mitchell is survived by his parents, Jill and Terry Tolifson of Herman, Minnesota and Kyle and Jessica Kleindl of Ortonville, Siblings: Maycee and Marshall Tolifson and Riley, Emillyanne and Charles Kleindl, Grandparents: Doyle and Jane Stotesbery of Graceville, David and Bonnie Kleindl and Mark and Ann Dietz all of Graceville, and Ron and Janice Tolifson of Herman, Great Grandparents: Elsie Steffan, Ida Parent and Francis Kleindl and Della Dietz, all of Graceville. Cousins: Kenedi Stotesbery, Noah Houser, Paige and Ellie Babb, Shaylee Hanson, Xavier and Berdine Kleindl, Anthony and Olivia Marsh, Callie and Austin Kleindl, Caleb Ronning, Taylor and Taryn Kemper, and Jordyn Perry, Aunts and Uncles: Christi Stotesbery, Kim (Jeff) Houser, Wendy Stotesbery and fiancé Chris Hanson, Tracy (Dan) Perry, Brian (Monica) Kleindl, Stefanie (Luke) Marsh, Karen (Justin) Ronning, Matthew (Kayla) Kleindl, Carly (Trampas) Howe and Markie Dietz.

Mitchell was preceded in death by Great-grandparents: Ralph and Illa Strand, Robert and Veryl Stotesbery, Frank Steffan, Colette Kleindl, Les and Deloris Tolifson, Marion and Elvie Schmidt, Roland Parent, and Marcellus Dietz, and one cousin: Steve Tolifson. He will be greatly missed by his loving family and many friends. "Blessed" be his memory.