Delores (Buche) Klancke, 1930-2018
Delores Jean (Buche) Klancke passed away Aug. 29, 2018, in Daytona Beach, Fla., at the age of 87.
Delores was born in Minneapolis on New Year’s Eve. She was the only child of a school teacher and a Bell Telephone manager. Delores met Kelly Klancke at Lake Coronis, Minn., where she was a summer lifeguard. They married in August 1950, remained married 32 years, and had four children, Kim (Marsha), Kirk (Darlene), Kit (Nancy) and Jill (David). Kelly, Kit and Delores’s daughter-in-Law, Marianne, preceded her in death.
Delores finished college, while raising 4 wild kids and Kelly traveled for work. In 1963 she graduated with honors from Drake University with a double major in biology and chemistry. Thereafter, the family moved to Kansas City where Delores supervised a laboratory at KCMC. In 1970 Delores and family relocated to Denver. While working in her lab at University hospital in Denver Delores contracted her third case of hepatitis and was forced to retire from the medical field.
The family had purchased a part time home in Fraser in 1971, and, in the summer of 1972, made it their full time home. Delores opened “Gifts by Delores” a gift shop in downtown Winter Park and ran it until 1976 or so. Thereafter she worked at Winter Park Ski Shop for years before managing The General Store in Cooper Creek Square. In the early 90s, Delores left the Fraser Valley to work with her son, Kim, and run his Lipid Clinic in Daytona Beach, Fla. She ran the clinic until her retirement.
Delores’s tenure in the valley included serving on the Rec District board, the East Grand County Fire District Board, raising Irish Setters and hosting wonderful parties and dinners. Delores was a friend to everyone and no ski bum spent a holiday alone if she knew about it. She loved the people she met here and was happiest with friends and her beloved dogs.
Delores’s heart never left the valley. She came back whenever she could until she could no longer travel such distance. Until the end Delores was funny, stubborn, kind, generous and an avid reader, sports fan and whiz at Jeopardy. Delores’s ashes are making a final trip home. A Celebration of Delores Klancke’s life will be held Sept. 29, 3-6 p.m. at Adolfs. You may honor Delores by donating to Grand County Advocates or the Grand County Animal Shelter.
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