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Letter: The epitome of a coach

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Thursday I attended the funeral of Ellsworth "Elsie" Klemmetson along with many past players and friends.

I knew Elsie from being the longtime coach of the Willmar VFW baseball teams. The summer I played for Elsie was the most fun I ever had playing ball, along with the summers of playing town team ball.

We still tell "Elsie stories" when we run into former players, which is often because he coached so many kids in his over 50 years in baseball.

My son Brian also had the chance to play for Elsie although at that time he was an assistant coach for Dave Kocka, so that was special too.

Not everybody agreed with his coaching philosophy but I think everyone would agree about his passion for the game. Coaching was his life and he lived it to the fullest.

He epitomized the poem that reads, "A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was, the sort of house I lived in, or the kind of car I drove... but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."

Tom Kingery

Willmar

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