Chatfield couple honors veterans with machine shed mural

May 26, 2019

CHATFIELD — Four years ago on Memorial Day, Ann and Brian Klindworth started their tribute to those in their family who have served in the military.

The paint might have begun to fade, but their pride in family members who have served remains.

“I’m proud of the United States, and I’m honored to be members of these guys,” Brian Klindworth said, looking at the names he and his wife painted.

Spanning generations and decades, 15 names have made it to the side of the Klindworths’ machine shed just off U.S. Highway 52 south of downtown Chatfield. Grandfathers, uncles, cousins, nephews and the couple’s daughter all have their names painted on the wood slats, along with their dates of service and military branch.

Two served in the Marines, one in the Navy, another in the Air Force and 10 served in some capacity with the Army.

At the time the couple completed the mural, they thought they had just the right amount of wood planks to match not only the U.S. flag but also the number of those in their families who have served. But over the years, they’ve discovered a few more names need to be added.

The couple said they plan on giving the paint a refresh, if it ever stops raining long enough to dry out.

The mural hasn’t only drawn attention from the Post Bulletin. The Fillmore County Journal wrote about it in 2016, shortly after it was completed. A photojournalist from a Twin Cities paper also stopped at the couple’s hobby farm on their way back from the Minnesota State Veterans Cemetery located in Preston, according to the couple.

“We’ve had many people stop and take pictures,” Ann Klindworth said.

“We had one lady stop and ask what color paint we had and we gave her the numbers for the paint because she was going to do the same thing on her corn crib,” Brian Klindworth said. “There is a gentleman just over the hill here, he stopped in and thanked us for doing it.”

The couple said they have only had one negative reaction to the mural.

“One gentleman stopped by, he was a little upset with us,” Brian said. “He thought we were bragging. We weren’t bragging, I’m just honored these people did this.”

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