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Fred J. Klopfenstein

May 02, 2013

Fred J. Klopfenstein, 86, formerly of Mt. Pleasant and Iowa City, died Monday, April 29, 2013, in Loveland, Colo.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. on Monday, May 6, at the Olson-Powell Memorial Chapel where the family will receive friends. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m. at the Memorial Chapel with Mr. Gerry Klopfenstein officiating. Burial will be in the Pleasant Point Cemetery. Memorials may be directed to Pathways Hospice of Ft. Collins or the Pleasant Point Cemetery. On-line condolences may be directed to

He was born July 31, 1926, in Henry County, and was the son of R. Glenn and Bessie Roth Klopfenstein. In 1944, he graduated from Mt. Pleasant High School. In 1945, he served in the US Army, where he was stationed in Ft. Sill, Okla., as an instructor in radio theory. After being discharged from the Army, he attended Iowa Wesleyan College and Iowa State University, graduating in 1951 with a bachelor of science degree in agronomy. He married June Collins on June 18, 1949, in Mt. Pleasant.

After graduation from ISU, he taught farm management to returning veterans at Mt. Vernon; following that he worked for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Shenandoah as a soil scientist. In 1955, he was employed by the Federal Land Bank for 18 years as manager of these associations: Guthrie Center, Muscatine and Iowa City. In 1973-1982, he served as a vice-president of First National Bank of Iowa City, and from 1982-1988, he was a real estate broker and appraiser in Iowa City before retiring to Colorado in 1988.

He was a long-time member of the International Lions Club in Iowa and Colorado. He was honored with the Melvin Jones Fellow award in 1999, given for dedicated humanitarian services. He was a member of the Parkview United Church of Christ in Aurora, Colo. He enjoyed traveling.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Kristine (Richard) Klopfenstein Fletcher of Loveland, Colo. and Jan Klopfenstein of Pleasanton, Calif.; and three grandchildren,

Preceding him in death were his parents; two sisters, Maxine Hensley and Mildred Graber; and a brother, Glenn J. Klopfenstein.


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