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In Memory: Klaus 'Chef Klaus' Ditchler

This page lets family and friends to leave their thoughts, photos and videos in remembrance of the Frankfort restaurateur.

Klaus Ditchler, best known as Chef Klaus, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012. He was 77.

This page is designed to allow family and friends of Chef Klaus to post remembrances, prayers and other thoughts to celebrate his memory. Feel free to leave them in the comments section. You also can upload photos and videos to the media gallery here.

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Jim August 21, 2012 at 12:54 PM
Klaus was always a kind man and I will always remember him playing Deutsche musik on the patio in Peotone. His passing marks a sad day and my prayers are with his family. Auf Wiedersehen Chef Klaus!
Kimberly DeLude Quigley August 22, 2012 at 10:03 AM
My thoughts and prayers ate with the Ditchler family and everyone at The Bier Stube. I will miss seeing him sitting at his table.
Rev. David T. Mensing August 24, 2012 at 03:40 AM
I personally knew Klaus for well over forty years -- going back to when I was a German teacher at Rich East High School in Park Forest. Back then, it was the "old place" on Kansas Street....then on Nebraska. Between 1973 and 1986 we held our Delta Epsilon Phi (German honor society) annual initiation dinner every spring as guests of this icon, and we developed a great friendship. in 1986 I retired from teaching and went into the Lutheran ministry at Peace in Oak Forest. From then on, Klaus always greeted me as "Herr Pfarrer" whenever I dropped by. Surely will miss him "in tiefster Trauer"! Saw him last in June at a dinner with friends and colleagues and he said he was doing well for his age...stringing me along a bit. Still today, the cuisine at the Bier Stube is first rate, the ambience is the "old country" revisited, and the service is always courteous. I still enjoy dining there with friends and family and find the experience tantilizing to the palate and a refreshing change from popular restaurant chains. I've never had a bad experience at the Bier Stube from "way-back-when" to the "here-and-now," and I heartily recommend virtually EVERYTHING on the menu. You can't go wrong! Prosit! Here's to Gemütlichkeit! Vielen Dank, Klaus, for a terrific place to eat and drink the best! Sorry you won't be there to join us! Auf Wiedersehen, lieber Freund! Pastor David T. Mensing
Mary Wilson August 26, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Sorry to hear about Klaus, he was loved by all who new him. Mary Wilson

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