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Jeff Klemme

Friday, February 4, 2011

Jeff Klemme, 51, of Akron, died Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2011, at St. Mary's Hospital in Rochester, Minn., following a lengthy illness.

Jeffrey Daryl Klemme was born Jan. 12, 1960 in Akron, the son of Daryl and Louise (Pickle) Klemme. He was baptized and confirmed into the Christian faith. He attended school in Akron and graduated from Akron High School in 1978. During his schooling, he began helping his father on the family farm and continued following his graduation.

He was united in marriage to Cindy Westhoff Feb. 28, 1981, at St. Johns Lutheran Church in Craig. Jeff and Cindy farmed and raised livestock east of Akron.

Through the years, Jeff also worked for several businesses in the area. Most recently, he enjoyed working for Siouxland Propane in Akron until he was diagnosed with CIDP.

Jeff was longtime member of St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston Township, rural Akron, and served in several capacities through the years, including church council and volunteering with many church activities.

Jeff's favorite time of the year was fair time. He loved attending and helping with the Plymouth County Fair each year. Jeff had served in several capacities through the years, many of those on the Fair Board.

Jeff had a passion for farming since he was young man, and that continued with his involvement in the F.F.A. Alumni, which he helped start in this area. He was currently serving as a trustee for Preston Township. He was a former Akron-Westfield School Board member.

Jeff enjoyed hunting and enjoyed being involved with Pheasants Forever. He was also a member of the N.R.A.

But most of all, he loved the times spent with his family and friends, especially his grandchildren, who knew him as "PaPa." He will be greatly missed.

Survivors include his wife of more than 29 years, Cindy of rural Akron; their children, Jessica Hughes (Clint) and their children, Makenzie and Brooklyn of Westfield, Cassie Iseminger (Joel) and their son, Cooper of Akron, and Chance Klemme of Akron; his parents, Daryl and Louise Klemme of Akron; his siblings: Kathy Weenink (Scott) of Akron, and Jennifer Daiker (John) of Sioux Falls, S.D.; his father- and mother-in-law, Gerald and Delores Westhoff of Le Mars; his brothers -in-law: Steve Westhoff (Lori) of Le Mars, and Rick Westhoff (Kris) of Le Mars; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, and cousins.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents: Emory and Freda Klemme and Eugene and Essie Pickle; several aunts, uncles, and cousins; and a special friend, Paul Haage.

Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Monday at St. John Evangelical Lutheran Church, Preston Township, rural Akron. The Rev. Jean Morse will officiate. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation with the family present will be after 3 p.m. Sunday, with a prayer service at 5 p.m., all at the Akron-Westfield High School Gymnasium. The Carlsen Funeral Home - Schroeder Chapel in Akron is in charge of arrangements.

Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.

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