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Peter Edward Klinkhammer, age 61 of Albertville, MN, passed away on March 14, 2024. Born in Northfield, Minnesota, to Edward and Ludmilla (Kubes) Klinkhammer, Peter lived a life marked by kindness, compassion, and dedication to service.

Peter graduated from Northfield High School with the class of 1980 and continued his education at St. Cloud State University.

It was during his college years that Peter met the love of his life, Cheryl Nachbar. They were married on November 24, 1984, in Northfield, Minnesota. Together they raised three children.

For 16 years, Peter dedicated himself to serving children and families as a social worker in child protection services. His unwavering commitment to improving the lives of others left a lasting impact on his community. Later in his career, Peter served as the associate director for the Brain Injury Alliance/Association of MN, further demonstrating his passion for advocacy and support.

Beyond his professional endeavors, Peter was deeply involved in philanthropy and community service. He served on the board of directors for the ALS Association, advocating for those affected by the disease and working tirelessly to raise awareness and support.

Peter and Cheryl shared a love for travel, exploring destinations like Hawaii and Mexico. He also enjoyed spending many summers camping and fishing in the Boundary Waters with his family.

Known for his quick wit and love of puns, Peter had a knack for brightening any room he entered. He had a profound love for animals and opened his home to foster many cats and dogs in need.

Peter is survived by his loving children, Jacob (Leigh), Chelsea (Carlos), and Sam, who were the light of his life. He also leaves behind numerous ​siblings, relatives, and friends, all of whom will carry his memory in their hearts.

Peter is preceded in death by his beloved wife, Cheryl, two sisters, Sharon and Susan, and his parents, Edward and Ludmilla.

Dear Friends and Family,

Please join us for a special Celebration of Life in honor of our Dad, Pete Klinkhammer. Pops was a man who loved life’s adventures, especially when they involved bad puns, camping, canoeing, fishing, and cherished moments vacationing with our Mom, Cheryl.

We invite you to gather with us on May 4th at 1:00 PM at the Graham family farm in Zimmerman. The Grahams have been part of our lives for many years, and their farm held a special place in Pete’s heart. It’s the perfect setting to reminisce, share stories, and celebrate the wonderful life of Pete with those who knew him best.

Please join us in remembering Pete’s joy for life and the memories he created with each of us. Your presence and stories will make this celebration truly meaningful!

Best fishes, have a mice day 😉

Jake, Chelsea, and Sam


27808 104th Street NW

Zimmerman, MN, 55398


– There is an unpaved lot for parking directly on site. We will be available to assist anyone to and from their vehicles upon arrival and departure.

– Light snacks and beverages will be provided.


12 Guestbook Entries

  1. Dennis Druar

    Rest in peace my friend. Such a good man. We will all miss your laugh and sense of humor. So sad to lose you but the pain is finally over. You will always be apart of our gatherings in spirit. Honored to be counted among your friends. Join your wife in heaven and be at peace. Miss you buddy, fellow Husky, Dennis Druar

  2. Shelley Swenson-Held

    To the family, I, Shelley Swenson-Held knew and worked with your wonderful parents. They are now back together. My daughter Lora Bruchmann watched the children one Summer. I believe Sam was still in diapers 😊. May u feel all the love as u journey thru the grief of these 2 incredible people.

  3. Carmen and Harry Kohout

    Rest IN Peace,Cuz,In Our Hearts Forever ❤️💗❤️💕

  4. Lanai Koep

    I never met you, but from Chelsea’s stories, you came alive. I would have loved your wit, your charms, and your shared love of children and families. Thank you for giving us Chelsea. May you find peace.

  5. Jan Nachbar

    I couldn’t have asked for a kinder, sweeter, funnier and more loving (best big bear hugs ever) son-in-law than Pete. My heart is hurting at losing him, but at the same time so glad he is free from the weight of ALS stealing his voice and body. Despite that weight, he continued as long as he could to rally and raise funds for the ALS Association with the hope that others would not suffer his fate. We have all lost a great guy. Love you Pete!❤️

  6. Kathy kubes( cousin)

    To Jacob,Chelsea and Sam. You have been awesome children to your parents. You have done such a great job taking care of both of them. God will take over watching and taking care of them both now. Your dad was so much fun. Always had the family laughing when we got together. He will be missed.

  7. Sally Kastendick

    Such a wonderful man who could make everyone laugh
    Condolences to the Klinkhammer family

  8. Steve Schuldt

    May you rest-in-peace, Pete. You were a friend and role model since we met at SCSU. You led by example and hard work. You demonstrated how to treat others. Praying for your family – especially your kids.

  9. Doug Munn

    Pete will always be remembered for his dedication, advocacy, intelligence, humor, shenannigans at work. What a wonderful family the way you rallied around your parents in their time of need. God bless his memory, Rest in peace Pete

  10. Brenda Wagner

    I never met you but I am a dear friend to your sister Kathy and I have heard such remarkable stories about you and what a wonderful person Pete was. Prayers to the whole family 🙏❤️

  11. David Walk

    Pete’s spirit lives with us all. Pete, Cheryl, and their beautiful family inspire us to be better people. Thank you Pete.

  12. Kelly Zachman

    I’m so sorry to hear of Pete passing away….I know he battled ALS for many years…. I haven’t seen Pete or your family in years, but I always remember his kindness, gentleness and compassion. And, his quick wit. God bless you all! 🙏❤️🙏


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