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Amos Joseph Klump


1923 - 2012 Obituary Condolences
Amos Joseph Klump, 89, passed away Friday, Sept. 28, 2012, in Mescalero. He was born in Menfro, Perry County, Mo., Jan. 21, 1923, to Henry and Emma (Parres) Klump.
He was preceded in death by his parents; brothers Elmer ""Doc"" Klump and Harry Klump; and sister Esther Hagen. Also preceding him in death was his first wife, our mother, Betty Walcott Klump.
He is survived by wife, Loretta, of Lake St. Louis, Mo.; his four children, Dr. James Klump, of Alamogordo, Debbie Coben and husband, Paul, of North Pole, Alaska, Robert Klump and wife, Gaye, of Lubbock, Texas, and Denise Hobson and husband, Parker, of Tularosa; stepchildren Barb Duncan and husband, Bob, of Lake St. Louis, and Gary Tidwell and wife, Debbie, of St. Louis; 12 grandchildren: Allen Prewitt IV, Jennifer Roberts, Kristine Story, Andrew Prewitt, Lindsey Hobson, Erin Montoya, Shiloh Ahearn, Shane Roberts, Heather Ozbun, Michele Pohl, Chris Keppel and Carla Schonhoff; and 17 great-grandchildren.
Dad was educated in the Perryville Public Schools but quit his senior year to join the Army Air Corps. During his military service, he spent the first year and a half stateside in various locations. He shipped out to England during the winter of 1943. Dad was with the 9th Air Force, 47th Liaison Squadron. He was affiliated with SHAEF (Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force). He was with a front line group responsible for the movement of top secret plans and personnel, for which he received four Bronze Stars.
Dad graduated from St. Louis University Dental School in May 1952. During dental school, he made several trips to visit his brother Elmer, who was a physician in Tularosa. It was at this time that he met and fell in love with Betty Walcott, of Alamogordo. They were married April 21, 1951, in Perryville, Mo. Dad began his dental practice in Alamogordo in 1952 and retired in 1989.
He was a member of the Noon Lions Club, Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus, Immaculate Conception Catholic Church and St. Jude Parish. He was a life member of the VFW and a charter member of the Alamogordo Country Club. He belonged to the American Dental Association as well as the New Mexico Dental Association.
He loved to hunt, fish and golf. Many weekends were spent chasing quail, hunting turkey and fishing trout throughout New Mexico, as well as bass fishing in Mexico.
After our mother, Betty, passed away in January 1982, Dad was married to Bertha Ornelas from 1985-1992. At a high school reunion in 1995, Dad became reacquainted with his high school sweetheart, Loretta Esselman Tidwell, who was by then widowed. Unsure if Dad would return from the war, Loretta had married and raised a family of her own. Fifty years later, they met and it was as if time had stood still. In just a few months, Dad and Loretta married and made their home in Bella Vista, Ark. In 2005, they moved to Lake St. Louis to be closer to her children. With health failing and a desire to be closer to his children in Alamogordo, we moved Dad to Mescalero in July 2012.
A vigil with the Rosary will be recited at the Alamogordo Funeral Home chapel Thursday, Oct. 4, 2012, at 7 p.m. Mass of the Resurrection will be celebrated at St. Jude Parish at 10: a.m. Friday, Oct. 5, 2012.
Interment will follow at Monte Vista Cemetery, Alamogordo.
The family will greet friends from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home before the rosary.
Pallbearers will be Vince Brown, Bill Akers, Dr. Jagdev Singh, Dr. John Klump, J.D. Klump and Jimmy Yee.
Honorary pallbearers will be Allen ""Duke"" Prewitt and Albert Rivera.
The Klump family has entrusted their loved one to the care of Hamilton-O'Dell Funeral Home to direct the funeral services.
To sign the online register book, please visit www.hamiltonodell.com.
Published in Alamogordo Daily News from Oct. 3 to Nov. 2, 2012
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