Walter Kluge

Walter Lloyd Kluge

Sunday, November 11th, 1928 - Thursday, November 14th, 2019
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Walter Kluge passes, November 14, 2019

Walter Kluge, longtime resident of Southampton, New York and Brevard, North Carolina passed away peacefully on November 14, 2019, at the age of 91, at home surrounded by family.
He was raised in Orient, Long Island, and served in the US Navy as a young man. He served aboard the USS Ticonderoga during the Korean War. A teacher in the Southampton school system for 28 years, he will be remembered for his calm and engaging teaching style, which changed the lives of many of his students. A dedicated member of the First Presbyterian Church of Southampton, he served as elder in the ruling body of the church.

After retirement in 1986, he moved to Brevard, to live on Round Mountain. He became an active, guiding member of the Round Mountain community, overseeing its growth over the years. He was a consummate wood craftsman and numerous examples of his artistry lives on. Combining his artistry with a love of history, he was a major contributor to restoration of the Allison Deaver House and the Transylvania County Historical Museum, as well as a working craft demonstrator at the Cradle of Forestry at the Pisgah National Forest. An intrepid traveler, he loved to travel the country to visit friends and volunteer on archeological digs.

He is pre-deceased by his parents and his former wife, Peggy. He is survived by his sister Frieda Petrey, his children Karen Kluge, Walter Kluge, Patricia Kluge Sacco, and John Kluge, grandchildren Adara Eklund, Gioia Sacco, and Jonathan Sacco, and great-granddaughter Gianna Eklund.
A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held in Brevard within the coming months.
Online condolences may be left at
Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory, 181 S. Caldwell St., Brevard, NC 28712.
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Douglas Poad

Posted at 01:32pm
I would like to offer my personal condolences on Mr. Kluge's passing. I was honored to join the other members and lead the Transylvania County Honor Guard in providing military honors. We view this as a tangible demonstration of the sincere gratitude of his fellow veterans and citizens of the country he once served. Thank you for allowing us to honor Walter in this way.

Very respectfully,

Doug Poad
CDR, SC, USN (Ret.)

Jill Chapman

Posted at 08:48am
Walter was my buddy at the Allison-Deaver House! He did so much to make the old house more presentable. He carved the bean bowl which I demonstrate anytime I lead a tour of the house. Walter said he saw a similar bowl at a different historic place and decided to carve one for us.
After many hours spent at the House waiting for visitors to come, I realized there must have been wooden steps off the end of the porch. I hired and paid someone to build the steps. They felt right. Several months later I came to the house and the steps were gone!!! Long story short, one of the executive board members decided they weren’t appropriate and had them taken out. I was very put out. Unbeknownst to me Walter replaces the steps and wrote my words honoring Rowell Bosse who left us money in his will which allowed us to heat and stabilize the house. “Step back in time’ with Rowell Bosse” Thanks to Walter everyone uses those steps! He gave me one of his handmade tool boxes which I use to keep my cemetery cleaning items in. We lost touch when I came off the Board and he had some health issues although I did call him occasionally. Then I found I had ancestors who lived in Hempstead and called him again. I remember he spoke of his Old Town canoe and that he built his home here in the mountains. I always wanted to go see his handy work but never made it. He also wanted an Osage Orange Tree planted in his honor at the A-D House. I went to a local nursery and was advised that they don’t grow well here. Wish I had gone ahead and ordered one for him. Sorry I did not do that. I will be glad to take any family member on a tour of the house if you want. Knowing Walter enriched my life. Peace and Blessings. Jill Chapman

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