HESSTON - Harold G. Klassen, 82, passed away on Sept. 17, 2013, at Schowalter Villa, Hesston.
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He was born on May 7, 1931, at Goessel, the son of Gustav and Martha Nickel Klassen. He was a member of the Hesston Mennonite Church. He had worked as a fabrication operator at AGCO for 42 years. After retiring, he enjoyed leading tours at AGCO. He volunteered at MCC and the Newton EtCetera Shop.
He is remembered as a gentle man with a quick smile and a ready sense of humor. He had many friends in the Hesston area, with whom he joyfully shared many lighthearted moments. He was also a patient and generous husband, father and grandfather, sharing his time teaching and playing with his children and grandchildren. He is also remembered for his sacrifices, which supported his children's musical and schooling activities.
On May 7, 1956, he married Joanne Elizabeth Nikkel at Goessel. She survives.
Other survivors include his sons, Thomas (Carolyn) of Salt Lake City, Utah, Bryce of Phoenix, Ariz.; two grandchildren, Matt and Kate; and one sister, Alice Jantz of Goessel.
He was preceded in death by one sister, Arlene Wiens, and two brothers, Leroy and Dwane.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, 2013, at the Hesston Mennonite Church Community Center. Graveside service will be at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at Eastlawn Cemetery, rural Hesston, with a memorial service to follow at 4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013, at the Hesston Mennonite Church, with Pastors John Murray and Amy Nissley Stauffer officiating.
Memorials may be sent to either MCC or the Hesston Mennonite Church, in care of Miller-Ott Funeral Home, Hesston.
Miller-Ott Funeral Home - Hesston
P.O. Box 33 107 South Lancaster Hesston, KS 67062
Published in The Kansan from Sept. 19 to Sept. 21, 2013