Leonard F. Klemme, 87, of Le Mars, died peacefully with his family at his side on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2006, at his home in Le Mars.
Leonard Fredrick Klemme was born April 30, 1919, on the family farm in Preston Township to Fred and Etta (Tapper) Klemme. Leonard was baptized and confirmed at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church in Preston Township. He attended country school in Preston Township.
Leonard was united in marriage to Lois Swift on Jan. 17, 1942, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron. He served his country in the U.S. Army during World War II.
Leonard farmed until 1962 when he and Lois purchased the Akron Lanes and operated the business for 17 years. In 1980, they owned and operated the Hardware and Appliance Store in Akron with Tom and Beth Ross until 1982. Lois died June 8, 1984.
Leonard later married Alwayne Galvin on Sept. 5, 1987, at First Methodist Church in Le Mars and made his home in Le Mars.
In 1989, Leonard began mowing grass at the Le Mars Municipal Golf Course during the summers for his niece and nephew, Julie and Doug Schultz. He continued mowing until just a few weeks ago.
Leonard lived a very active life and was always involved in his church and community and forever had other people's interest at heart. He was very instrumental in the youth bowling programs in Akron and concerned about the Akron community. He loved the land and to see the beauty of crops growing and the beauty of a beautifully mowed field and golf fairways. More than anything, he loved his family and treasured all of his friends.
Leonard was a member of the Le Mars United Methodist Church and the Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post #186 of Akron, Iowa. He had also been a member of the Masonic Lodge in Akron and the Consistory in Sioux City.
Survivors include his wife Alwayne of Le Mars; two children, Judy Ridgeway of Goodyear, Ariz., and Gaynor and his wife, Ann Klemme of St. Louis, Mo.; two grandchildren, Becki and her husbandm Jeff Dutton and Kim and her husband, Justin Stuppy, all of St. Louis, Mo.; two great-granddaughters, Kelsey Dutton and Alyssa Stuppy; two brothers, Lowell and his wife, Vivian Klemme of Le Mars and Harvey and his wife, Betty Klemme of Akron; in-laws, Charlene Boyle of Le Mars, Burton and Arlene Swift of Akron, and Barney Swift of Akron; several nieces and nephews and many friends.
Leonard was preceded in death by his first wife Lois on June 8, 1984; a sister, Irene Kruse; four brothers, Benny in infancy, Arnold, Norman, and Alvin Klemme; in-laws, Art Popken, Claus Kruse, Charles Swift, Tom Boyle, Genevieve Earner, Virginia Swift and Anna Klemme; two nephews, Larry and Scott Swift; and a son-in-law, Ken Ridgeway.
Funeral services will be 10 a.m. Tuesday at the United Methodist Church of Le Mars with the Rev. Jason Larson officiating. Interment with military honors provided by the Albert E. Hoschler American Legion Post #186 of Akron will be 1:30 p.m. at the Riverside Cemetery, near Akron. Visitation will be after 3 p.m. today (Monday) at the Carlsen Funeral Home in Le Mars with the family present to greet friends after 5:30 p.m. followed by a 7 p.m. prayer service and Masonic service Monday evening at the funeral home. Visitation will continue at the church from 9 a.m. until service time.
Pallbearers will be Ralph Klemme, Gerald Klemme, Rodney Klemme, Robin Klemme, David Klemme, Scott Klemme, Jim Klemme, Robert Walrod, and Duane Popken. Honorary pallbearer will be Henry Herrig.
Memorials may be directed to Hospice of Siouxland, American Heart Association or American Lung Association. Condolences may be sent to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.con.