After a year-long battle with lung cancer, Ida Mae (Storm) Kluver of Gillette, Wyoming, passed away on March 14, 2012, at her winter residence in Casa Grande, Arizona, with her family at her side. She was born on December 21, 1936, in Sundance, Wyoming, to Claud E. and Effie E. (Dodder) Storm. Upon seeing his daughter for the first time, Claud called her “Topsy.” It was a name that stuck and most knew her only by that name her entire life.
Topsy, along with her older brother Jim, grew up on the family ranch 22 miles Northwest of Hulett, Wyoming. Early in life she had to deal with tragedy, losing her mother in 1953 and her father in 1959. She attended school in Hulett and Gillette, graduating from Campbell County High School in 1954. On August 28th of that year she married John M. Kluver of Gillette. Topsy and John had one child, a daughter Kim, born on March 3, 1959.
Topsy and John were farmers and ranchers most of their lives maintaining properties in both Crook and Campbell County Wyoming. As a young woman she also worked in the telephone office operating a switchboard. Growing up in a rural setting, Topsy was no stranger to hard work and simple pleasures. These values stayed with her all her life. Whatever the task at hand, she did it and did it well. She was an excellent horseman, receiving the honor of 1949 Rodeo Queen in Hulett and 1954 Roundup Queen in Gillette. Topsy was a superb cook and a proficient seamstress, creating custom designed western shirts as well as knitting sweaters. She also did leathercraft and enjoyed oil painting.
Family and friends were very important to Topsy. She mainly enjoyed spending time with her friends, whether it was going out to lunch, just visiting, playing cards, playing dice, golfing or bowling.
Traveling to the national bowling tournaments with friends was one of her special joys. She attended over 25 annual WIBC tournaments, traveling all across the United States to various destinations.
In 1974 John and Topsy purchased property in Casa Grande, Arizona, and began spending the winter months there. Together they renovated the house inside and out. They enjoyed entertaining family and friends at their properties. Topsy’s immediate family was not large, but very close. She was a doting grandmother to one grandson, born in 1976 and one great grandson born in 2009. They were a very important part of her life and she was instrumental in their upbringing.
Topsy was preceded in death by her mother, father, and brother. She is survived by her husband of 57 years, John Kluver; and their daughter Kim (Kluver) Prescott of Gillette; her grandson LeRoy Prescott, his wife Brandy and their son Zane all of Casa Grande. She is also survived by her step mother Carly (Collins) Brimmer of Alzada, Montana; two step-brothers, Lonny “Bud” Bartlett (Bonnie) of Gillette and Lindy Bartlett (Sandy) of Alzada; and one step-sister, Laurel Ann (Bartlett) Jackovich (John) of St. Onge, South Dakota.
There will be a Memorial and Celebration of Life Service in Gillette on July 13, 2012, at 4 p.m., at the Kluver Farm.
In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to Hospice of the Valley, 1510 East Flower Street, Phoenix, Arizona 85014-5656 or the Mayo Clinic, Department of Development, 5777 East Mayo Blvd, Phoenix, Arizona 85054.