Gerhardt “Gary” Klatt was born on December 18, 1919 to Frank and Bertha Klatt in Danube, MN. He was raised as a farm boy, confirmed in the Lutheran Church in 1931 and graduated from Mora High school in MN in 1937. Gary married Eleanor Powers in 1943, and they have seven children: Michele MacKinnon, Frank David Klatt, Jacqueline Long, Mary Saar, Kevin Klatt, Theresa Burleigh and Jon Klatt and their spouses. His survivors also include nine grandchildren and ten great-grandchildren with one on the way, a very close and loving family. Gary began working at Kanabec State bank in 1937 and in 1941 enlisted in the US Army Air Corp, receiving his commission and wings in 1942. He served in the first B29 Group, (the first 29 Group to fly missions over Japan from China, India and Burma), later transferring to Guam as a lead crew for General LeMay. Awarded Air Medal with five clusters, Distinguished Flying Cross with two clusters, Unit Citation, as well as a Bronze Medal. Gary returned to banking in 1946, served as VP of Ogilvie State Bank, Mitchell Nat’l Bank, Idaho Bank and Trust Co., and Crocker Nat’l Bank. He received a law degree from LaSalle Univ. in 1937, retired from banking in 1974, then earned a realtor license and MAI Appraiser degree in 1977. He retired in 1993. Gary was very active in community activities prior to retirement. He was Past Ex. Ruler of Elks, Past Pre. and Lt. Gov. of Kiwanis, Past Big Sir, plus banking and appraisal activities and local organizations. A memorial service was held on Friday, Nov. 4th at Santa Rosa Memorial Park.