Family, friends hold memorial service for Jim Klobuchar

The Klobuchar family held a celebration of life memorial for columnist Jim Klobuchar, who died in May 2021 at age 93

The celebration of his life was held at 10 a.m. at Central Lutheran Church in Minneapolis. The service featured remarks from Jim Klobuchar's daughter, U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, and other family and friends. 

Jim Klobuchar grew up in the Iron Range in northern Minnesota as the son of a miner. He would go on to become a journalist for The Associated Press in Minnesota and later the Star Tribune for which he wrote a general public interest column that garnered national acclaim. When he retired in 1995, he had written over 8,400 columns.

"Through his columns my dad told stories of the ‘heroes among us,’—ordinary people doing extraordinary things. He used his words to stand up for people," Sen. Klobuchar in a statement last year. "But he also stood up for me, from urging me on to finish a father/daughter ten-day 1100-mile bike trip from Minneapolis to Jackson Hole, to believing that a woman could actually win a Minnesota U.S. Senate seat."

Jim Klobuchar, a veteran, will be buried at Fort Snelling in Minneapolis. Details for a public event will be released at a later time.