Harry John Klocke (1930 - 2011)

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Harry Klocke, 81 of Dedham, died Saturday, August 13, 2011 at Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning, Iowa.
Mass of the Christian Burial was celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, August 16, 2011 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Dedham. The Celebrant was Fr. Andrew Hoffman, assisted by Deacon Louis Meiners. Music was by Donna Grossman and the St. Joseph's Choir. Mass Servers were: Jessica, Nolan, and Danielle Schultes. Lectors for the funeral mass were Mike Klocke and John Schwaller. Gift Bearers were Harry's grandchildren. Eucharistic Ministers were Harry's daughter-in-law, Kathy Klocke, and Harry's son's in-law, Daryl Boeckman and Brian Lichter. Honorary Casket Bearers were Harry's grandchildren. Casket Bearers were Harry's sons: Eddie Klocke, Kevin Klocke, Mark Klocke, and Harry's son's in-law: Tom Schwaller, Daryl Boeckman, and Brian Lichter. Burial will be at St. Joseph's Cemetery in Dedham.
Born on May 18, 1930, Harry John Klocke was the son of Edward and Margaret (Pletchette) Klocke. He attended St. Joseph School in Dedham, Iowa. On October 16, 1951 he married Lorraine Hoffman. They had six children: Marikay, Mark, Kevin, Eddie, Kris, and Jenna.
Harry's life was dedicated to farming. In 1953 he moved to his father's family farm. In 1982, Harry and Lorraine built a home just a short distance from the home place where he resided until his death. After retiring in 1992, he continued to help his sons with the farm operation.
Harry's love of the land was only rivaled by his love for his dear wife Lorraine, his family and his friends. He enjoyed watching his children's and his grandchildren's activities. He relished getting to know the "new additions" to the family, whether they were spouses of the grandchildren or whether they were new great-grandchildren. He loved attending Kuemper High School events from music to sports to drama.
As a young man, Harry enjoyed hunting and trapping. Baseball and slow pitch were also favorite pastimes. He didn't get to see his "Cubbies" win the World Series, but always remained a loyal fan. Harry played and managed slow pitch for the Dedham Southsiders. He recently enjoyed the 16-inch Alumni Reunion in Willey and was honored, along with his son Eddie, and grandson Adam, for being part of three generations of slow pitch players.
Socializing over coffee at the "Corner Station" and in Manning were part of his daily routine. He also enjoyed reading, gardening, and sharing his produce with family and friends. Harry was a lifelong member of St. Joseph's Parish in Dedham.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Jeannette Klocke and Evangeline Cox; his brothers, Joseph and Louis Klocke.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Lorraine Klocke of Dedham; his children: Marikay (Tom) Schwaller of Omaha, NE, Mark Klocke of Audubon, Kevin (Jayne) Klocke of Templeton, Eddie (Kathy) Klocke of Templeton, Kris (Daryl) Boeckman of Carroll, and Jenna (Brian) Lichter of Omaha, NE; 16 grandchildren: John (Jen) Schwaller, Dan (Kelly) Schwaller, Michael Schwaller, Mike Klocke, Steve Klocke, Justin Klocke, Stephanie Klocke, Christopher Klocke, Jessica Klocke, Jacob (Lindsey) Klocke, Erica (Phil) Prest, Aaron Klocke, Adam Klocke, Amanda Klocke, Andy Boeckman, and Ben Boeckman; four great-grandchildren: Sarah, Julia, Samuel, and Damien Schwaller; his sisters: Luella Klein of Carroll, Elaine Sporrer of Templeton, Kathleen Irlmeier of Audubon, Leana (Don) Kalkhoff of Templeton, Leona Erps of Denison, and Carol (Eugene) Hoffman of Carroll; his brothers in-law and sisters in-law: Cecil Cox of Harlan, Mary Klocke of Carroll, Alfred (Lois) Hoffman of Coon Rapids, and Dorothy Hoffman of Dedham, as well as many nieces, nephews, and many friends.
Memorials may be left at the funeral home or the church for Kuemper Catholic Schools Foundation. Online condolences may be left for Harry's family at www.sharpfuneral.com.

Published in AUDUBON COUNTY ADVOCATE JOURNAL from Aug. 19 to Aug. 26, 2011