Richard Klose

Richard Klose was born in Jamestown, North Dakota June 10th, 1943. He played for 2 years on the American Legion Baseball team in Buchanan, North Dakota.  Richard graduated from Buchanan High School in 1961 in North Dakota. After graduation Richard join the Army in Fargo, ND as a radio-teletype operator; he served two years in the 4th Armored Division in Bamberg, West Germany. He was honorably discharged in 1964.

Richard is an 11-year member of the American Legion with Laurel Post 123 in District 11.  He has held the following post positions Chaplain for 1 year and Commander for 7 years. He also held the positions of District Adjutant for 2 years and District Commander for District 11 for 2 years.  Richard also has held the Department positions of Vice Commander, and Commander.  He has held numerous committee positions at the Post, District, and Department level.  Richard is also a member of the Son’s of the American Legion Squadron 123.

Richard is very active in his community; he is currently serving as Vice President of the “Friends of the Yellowstone National Cemetery”, and former president of the “United Veterans Council of Yellowstone County”.  He is a member of the Laurel United Methodist Church. He served on the church trustee board and was president of the trustee board for two years.  Richard is a ten-year board member of the Laurel Senior center, with four of those years serving as board president. He is also a board member of the Adult Resource Alliance of Yellowstone County. The Adult Resource Alliance provides services for senior citizens in Yellowstone County, including meals on wheels.  Richard was recently elected as a City Council member in Laurel.

Richard is married to Gayle, his wife of 31 years. Gayle is a 5-year member of the American Legion Auxiliary in Laurel. Richard has 6 children and grandchildren living in Montana, North Dakota, Oklahoma, and Virginia.

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