HERMON - David "Dave" Kluzak, 71, went home to be with the Lord through the loving arms of his wife, on July 5, 2015. Dave was born on January 27, 1944, in Bemidji, Minnesota, the son of Clarence and Lydia (Molacek) Kluzak. He was raised in Bemidji, where he helped to maintain the family farm. His love for tractors and farming stayed with him his entire life.
After graduating from Bemidji High, Dave joined the Navy in the summer of 1962. His studies included electronics and navigation. He became a navigator and served on board a Polaris Sub, the USS Thomas A. Edison, until 1969. Dave was on board during a Polaris deterrent patrol in the North Atlantic and was acknowledged by The Order of the Blue Nose. He was very proud to have known and trained some of the men who were lost on The Scorpion in '68.
Dave continued his education, earning B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He went on to work at Lincoln Labs in Massachusetts, taught classes at Worcester Poly Tech, and was also a staff member at M.I.T. While working for Digital Corp in Mass., he transferred to the Augusta, Maine, facility and fell in love with the state, deciding to stay. Digital/Sci sent Dave to Europe where he was an instrumental part of the opening of several factories. While in Europe, he lived in Tatabanya, just outside of Budapest, and also on a farm in Finland, where he made life-long friends.
Dave participated in many of the cultural activities and travelled whenever he could. While in Sweden, he participated in the Vatternrundan 300 KM, the world's biggest cycling-for-all event.
After spending three years in Europe, Dave came home to Maine. He was a member of The Knights of Columbus, and enjoyed helping with the weekly baked bean suppers. Dave was a board member of The Leisure Center (TLC) in Winthrop, which provided services for handicapped children and their families. He also participated in the Special Olympics as a chaperone to the athletes during their events. Dave retired from SCI and became an engineering consultant part time, while also consulting at GE.
In Newport, he met his current wife. He then started a cabinet business in Monmouth with his oldest son, John. Dave built a shop at his home in Hermon, where the business was eventually moved. Dave also worked for the Hermon School Department. He loved working and being with the special needs children, and they held a very special place in his heart. Dave travelled with his wife on business throughout the state. He met many friends and enjoyed being in the county amongst the farm land. Dave had many memorable experiences in the North Maine woods throughout his life, and eventually found the place of his dreams, called camp. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, being with family and friends, a polka, and a good Scotch. He will always be remembered for his quick wit, intelligence, stories, contagious laugh, and that special wink. Dave filled his dash completely, and now Heaven is in for a real treat.
David was predeceased by his parents and a son, Kevin Kluzak. He is survived by his wife, Annette, daughter, Kristine Schnupp, and husband, Joe, of North Gorham; two sons, John Kluzak, and wife, Martha, of North Monmouth; James Kluzak of Readfield, and a step-daughter, Shirley Perkins, of Hermon. He had seven grandchildren; Sarah Schnupp, Patrick Schnupp, Erin Schnupp, Kate Kluzak, Caleb Kluzak, Rylee Constable, and Greyson Constable; two brothers, Stan, and wife, Pat, George, and wife, Nadine; as well as four sisters, Lorraine and Ron Lubiani, Dorothy and Guy Lynn, Mary and Robert Hanley, and Beth and Tony Zaharioudakis.
The family would like to extend their sincere thanks to the 11th thoracic floor nursing staff at Brigham and Women's Hospital, Dr. Wee and Fellows. Dr. Rueter and the Lafayette Center team in Brewer.
A funeral mass will be celebrated 11 a.m. Wednesday July 15, 2015 at St. Paul the Apostle Parish, St. John's Catholic Church, 207 York St. Bangor. The family invites relatives and friends to share conversation and refreshments in the parish hall, immediately following the mass. Those wishing to remember Dave in a special way, may contribute in his memory to the Cancer Care of Maine, C/O Research Facility of Renal Cancer, P.O. Box 931, Bangor, ME. 04402.
A service of Brookings-Smith, 133 Center St. Bangor.