Richard O. Klekamp(1934 - 2013)

Richard Oscar Klekamp, 79, Villa Ridge, passed away Monday, April 8, 2013, in Villa Ridge.

Rich, son of the late William Klekamp and wife Gertrude, nee Watermann, was born Jan. 26, 1934, in Washington. He received his education at St. John the Baptist School, Villa Ridge. He was united in marriage to Elaine Feldmann Oct. 13, 1956, at St. John the Baptist Church, Villa Ridge.

Rich worked for 37 years at Straatmann Feed Store, Labadie. He was a member of St. John the Baptist Church and the men's sodality.

He was preceded in death by one son, Doug Klekamp; parents, William and Gertrude Klekamp; and two brothers in infancy.

Rich is survived by his wife, Elaine Klekamp, Villa Ridge; four sons, David Klekamp and wife Brenda, and Dan Klekamp, all of Villa Ridge, Daryl Klekamp and wife Sherri, Union, and Dustin Klekamp and wife Amanda, New Haven; six daughters, Debbie Hanff and husband Rick, Portage des Sioux, Dorie Oberhaus, Pacific, Darla Mentz, Decautur, Ill., DeeDee Brown and husband Rick, Union, Denise Trombley, Sullivan, and Dawn Sheets and husband Jayson, Washington; 18 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; two brothers, Bill Klekamp and wife Dorothy, LaCrosse, Wis., and Donald Klekamp and wife Gladys, Washington; three sisters, Charlene Strubberg, Jane Glosemeyer and husband Kenneth, and Barb Wildt and husband Don, all of Washington; four brothers-in-law, Arthur Feldmann and wife Mary, and Joe Feldmann and wife Doris, all of Villa Ridge, Keith Kleekamp, Jim Feldmann and wife Nancy, all of Washington; three sisters-in-law, Evelyn Feldmann, Washington, Joan Groene and husband Don, and Marlene Hamann and husband Kirk, all of Villa Ridge; many other relatives and friends.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday, April 10, at St. John the Baptist Church, Villa Ridge, with the Rev. Jim French officiating.

Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. John the Baptist Church.

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The family is being served by Oltmann Funeral Home, Union.

Published in The Missourian on Apr. 10, 2013