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Ole Jessen-Klixbull, 71

Cold Spring

August 10, 1943 - April 4, 2015

Services celebrating the life of Ole Jessen-Klixbull, age 71, of Cold Spring, will be at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, April 11, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring. Ole died April 4 at the St. Cloud Hospital. Burial will be in the St. Boniface Parish Cemetery, Cold Spring.

Relatives and friends may call from 4:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, April 10, at the Wenner Funeral Home in Cold Spring and from 9:00 to 10:50 a.m. Saturday, April 11.

Ole was born August 10, 1943, in Vorup, Jutland, Denmark, to Erik and Liss (Rykow) Jessen-Klixbüll. He married Carol (Prather) Jessen-Klixbull August 2, 1980, in Tioga, North Dakota.

He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1963 to 1972, which included leading a combined action company in Ky Khuong, Ly Tin District, Vietnam. He was awarded the Bronze Star Medal with V for Valor and two Purple Hearts. Ole was a recruiter in the St. Cloud area for the Marine Corps from 1967 to 1971. He received a direct commission to the United States Army Reserve in 1973, serving in a number of assignments including as Battalion Commander of the 3rd Battalion, 3rd United States Infantry Regiment (The Old Guard) at Ft. Snelling, Minnesota. He retired at the rank of Colonel in 2003.

He graduated from St. Cloud State University in 1975 with a bachelor's degree in social studies education and earned a master's degree in educational counseling from Bemidji State University in 1980. Ole taught social studies at Rocori High School in Cold Spring from 1975 to 1977, 1980 to 1985 and 1990 to 2005. He served as assistant professor of military science at St. John's University in Collegeville from 1985 to 1990. After retiring from Rocori, he was active with the American Red Cross, Skywarn and a number of emergency management agencies.

Ole had a passion for running, orienteering, cross-country skiing and sailing. He was an excellent cook and enjoyed entertaining. In his retirement years he raised grapes for the Minnesota wine industry. He was widely traveled, an avid reader and a life-long learner. Above all, Ole was a people-person — he truly loved being with people, talking with them and sharing stories about both his and their experiences.

He was a member of several organizations including the Twin Cities Danish American Fellowship, Rebild National Park Society, Minnesota Grape Growers Association, Reserve Officers Association, Marine Corps League Valhalla Detachment and the Cold Spring American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Vietnam Last Man's Club.

Ole is survived by wife, Carol, and brothers Per (Else) Jessen-Klixbüll, Poul (Vibeke) Jessen-Klixbüll and Jess Jessen-Klixbüll, mother-in-law, Orpha Prather, brothers-in-law, Edward R. Prather, Stephen (Christine) Prather, James (Donna) Prather and nieces and nephews in Denmark and the United States. He was preceded in death by his parents and father-in-law, Edward H. Prather.

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Published in St. Cloud Times on Apr. 8, 2015.
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February 29, 2016
I send my condolences. I served in the US Marine Corps with Ole at Parris Island, S.C in the 1960s. It was always an honor to serve with such an exemplary person as was Ole.
Howard Barron
April 12, 2015

Our sincere sympathies go out to you and your family in the loss of Ole. May your life of fond memories help in the difficult days ahead. Jeffrey Larson and Family
Jeffrey Larson
April 10, 2015
My sympathies to you and your family. I was saddened to learn of your husbands passing. My you find comfort and peace in your memories. You are in my thoughts and prayers.
Jackie Wollschlager
April 9, 2015
It was a distinct honor to serve with this fine officer in the Army Reserve. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
Mary and James Saboe
April 9, 2015
RIP, Mr Klixbull. You were the best. Thanks for being a great teacher at Rocori and thanks for serving our country. So sorry for your loss Carol, he will be missed.

Clinton, Class of 95
Clinton Rausch
April 9, 2015
Carol, so sorry about the passing of your husband. My son had him as a homeroom teacher at Rocori as a senior in '04, my son appreciated him very much, said he was a truly great man. God's hand upon you during this time.
Di Eisenschenk
April 9, 2015
You are in my prayers, Carol. May you find strength in your memories. My sincere sympathy.
Ruth Gregerson-Berg
April 8, 2015
Carol: I want to send you my sympathy and so sorry to hear about your loss.
Another Home Ec. person: Joyce Pappenfus
April 8, 2015
I had him for a teacher at ROCORI in early 2000's. I loved his stories and how straight forward he was. He will be missed.
Lori Wendt
April 8, 2015
I'm a much better person for having Mr. Klixbull as a teacher when I attended ROCORI back in the early 80's. He's touched so many lives over the years. My sympathy to his family and many friends. I'm truly saddened.
Karen L. Bellmont
April 8, 2015
Colonel Klixbull was a wonderful person, mentor, and Army Officer. We both enjoyed working with him. Our prayers and thoughts are with the family.
Brenda/Bob Jenkins/Custer
April 8, 2015
Mr. Klixbull was one of my most treasured, inspiring teachers of my high school years. I will always remember his quirky sense of humor and how he could deliver our geography lessons with such excitement, wonder, and awe in seeing the world.
I thank Mr. Klixbull also for serving our country so bravely. I now work with veterans and am in awe of his sacrifices to our country. He will be dearly missed by students like me. Karen Minnerath, Rocori class of 1982
April 8, 2015
Semper Fi, Ole. Valhalla became a much better place upon your arrival.
Don Strobel
April 8, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with you Carol. Life sure can change paths in a hurry. I wish you peace and love!
Julie Tschida
April 7, 2015
My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Ole Jessen-Klixbull. He will always be remembered as a dear friend of our family in St. Cloud. Wishing you peace!
Beth (Strobel) Nitti
April 7, 2015
Rest in Peace Ole....you changed my life for the better when you suggested I become a Navy Nurse to care for the Marines you were recruiting.
My sympathies to your family.
Sarah Macfadden
April 7, 2015
My sympathies to the family of Ole Jessen-Klixbull. How well I remember all those years at ROCORI when Ole would regale us with his many stories. He was a great teacher and an honest and forthright person. I am proud to have known him.
Sue Tabaka-Kritzeck
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