Victor W. Kleinsteuber, Jr., 76, Monticello


Victor Willis Kleinsteuber, Jr., 76, Monticello, died at his residence Tuesday, March 19, 2013, surrounded by his family.
Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 17, 4-7 p.m., at Peterson-Grimsmo Chapel, 250 E. Broadway, Monticello. A Celebration of Life will be held Thursday, April 18, 11 a.m., at Resurrection Lutheran Church, 9300 Jason Ave. NE, Monticello. Private interment at Fort Snelling at a later date.
Vic was born on July 8, 1936, to Victor, Sr. and Elsie C. (Roth) Kleinsteuber Vik in Minneapolis, Minn. He later enjoyed a good relationship with his stepfather Alfred Vik. Vic grew up in the Kenwood School District of Minneapolis. After graduation from West High School, he attended the University of Minnesota. He started Navy flight training in January of 1958 and received his wings in 1959.  His first squadron was Airborne Early Warning Eleven in Argentia, Newfoundland. As a Lieutenant Junior Grade he qualified as a Patrol Plane Commander on the WV-2 aircraft in 1962. He then was transferred to New Iberia, La. to be an instructor in Navy advanced multi-engine training. Following that assignment he was transferred to Fleet Tactical Support Squadron Forty in Norfolk, Va. where he made numerous landings aboard aircraft carriers. In 1966 he joined Northwest Airlines.  Vic flew the Electra, Boeing 727, 707, DC-10 and the Boeing 747. He retired in 1996 as a captain on the Boeing 747-400. Vic was active in the Monticello Rotary Chapter, Retired Northwest Airline Pilots Association, Great Lakes Cruising Association and the Navy Tail Hook Association. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, woodworking, creating stained glass art, dogs, and loved cruising his boat on the Great Lakes.
Victor is survived by his loving, long-time companion, Judy Summers; sons, Victor III, Andrew (Kristen); five grandchildren; brothers, Charles (Karen) and Walter (Francis) Kleinsteuber.
He was preceded in death by his parents, and stepfather Alfred Vik.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Monticello Rotary Club, Resurrection Lutheran Church, Guardian Angels Hospice of Buffalo or the charity of your choice.