William Arthur Klucas, 72, of Brownsville, died Tuesday, April 22, 2014, from a rare form of cancer.
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Bill was born July 8, 1941, in Vermillion, Ohio, to Charles and Agnes (Leimeister) Klucas. He attended St. Mary's Catholic School and Townsend Wake Forest High School, receiving his B.S. degree from Ashland College in Ashland, Ohio. Bill married Judith Moos on Feb. 7, 1962, in Elyria, Ohio. They were later divorced. He married Colleen (Finley) Postier on July 1, 1989. His professional career included journalism (The Beacon Journal in Akron and the Chronicle-Telegram in Elyria, Ohio); political consultant/campaign manager in national and statewide political campaigns, including several presidential, U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, governor, state legislature and mayoral elections, including political field director for the Republican Governors Association.
Professionally, Bill scouted for several NBA teams and coached in the CBA and ABA where he won over 500 games. He coached internationally at Saskatoon (National Championship); Winnipeg, Canada, and Palmeiras, Sao Paulo, Brazil. Collegiately coached at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, University of Minnesota, Ohio State University and Ashland University.
Bill is survived by Colleen Klucas; his children, David L. (Denise) Klucas, Jeffrey A. (Dara Howell) and Suzanne (Bert) Eggelmeyer; stepdaughter, Megan (Jayson) Shelstad-Dahl; and five grandchildren, Bethany, Elizabeth, Jacob, London and Sarah.
He was preceded in death by his parents and brother, Spencer "Doc" Klucas.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, April 28, at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 604 Adams Street in Brownsville.
Visitation will be Sunday, April 27, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m at Breza Hall, next to the church. Visitation will also be one hour prior to the service Monday.
A memorial service will be held in Ohio at a later date.
Memorials are preferred to St. Patrick's Catholic Church Council of Catholic Women.
McCormick Funeral Home in Caledonia is assisting the family and on line condolences may be given at mccormickfuneralhome.net.
McCormick Funeral Home
205 E Main St
Caledonia, MN 55921
Published in The Post-Bulletin on Apr. 25, 2014