Kenneth Klosterman
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Kenneth Klosterman

Cincinnati - Kenneth Fuller Klosterman, owner and CEO of one of Cincinnati's oldest family held bakeries, Klosterman Baking Company Inc, and renowned magic collector died October 21, 2020, at the age of 87. Ken grew up in Northern Kentucky, a graduate of Beechwood High School and Bucknell University. After graduating ROTC in college, he became Second Lieutenant in the US Army, serving in Japan. Ken joined the family business in the late 50's and shortly after in 1958, he married Judy Lang. His favorite hobby was performing magic and he would do so for almost anyone he met, from a simple youngster to even President George W. Bush. Ken often preformed on local TV, notably in commercials promoting Madison Building Association. He also fooled contestants on national TV's "To Tell the Truth." He used his magic connections to benefit the community, producing the fund raiser ABRACADABRA at Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park, which featured top magic talent in the industry. In 1995 Ken was elected President of International Brotherhood of Magicians. His magic set the stage for his business as well as how he performed in life.

Origins of the first bakery traced back to Germany in the 1800s. By 1892, the bakery was established in the greater Cincinnati area. When his father retired, Ken took over the role of Chairman and CEO, serving from 1968-2009. Within a relatively short time of taking over the business, Ken expanded Klosterman's in size and types of baked products, resulting in building one of the largest family-owned bakeries in the Midwest. His ingenuity earned him recognition for many "firsts" in the business, either locally or nationally, such as the first plastic bags on products, the first Pullman loaf in the area, the Coney bun, foot-long hotdog bun and the first half-loaves. His innovations resulted in being honored and inducted in the Hall of Fame by the American Society of Baking.

Ken, like many good fathers, lived by numerous "Dadisms." A few of his favorites relating to the bakery are: "Surround yourself with good people;""Do it right, do it now, do it right now;""Sweep the dirt from the corners and you will keep the rest of the bakery clean;""Sell the sizzle;" and "Whatever it takes, Klosterman bakes."

Ken is survived by his children, Kimberly Klosterman (Michael Lowe), Kenneth "Chip" Fuller Klosterman, Jr., Jayme Klosterman (Carl Shapiro); grandchildren, Katie Klosterman O'Shaughnessy, Ellen Klosterman and Olivia Klosterman; great granddaughter, Georgia. He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Judith Klosterman (nee Lang). Private services will be held at the convenience of the family. Memorial contributions are suggested to Hospice of Cincinnati c/o Bethesda Foundation 10500 Montgomery Rd. Cincinnati, OH 45242 and/or Lindner Center of HOPE Attn: Development Office 4075 Old Western Row Road Mason, Ohio 45040 and/or SPCA Cincinnati Attn: Development Department 11900 Conrey Rd Cincinnati, OH 45249. Online condolences can be left at www.middendorf-funeralhome.com






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We worked with Ken for more than 10 years in Georgetown for the Holiday Home Tour. He and Judy always opened their Whitehall home for us to have on the tour. They were just wonderful hosts for our U.S. Grant home tour.
Nancy & Stan Purdy U.S. Grant Home
Friend
October 28, 2020
Kenny was a wonderful, kind man, My Dad Larry Roberts worked for Klosterman Bakery for many years until his retirement, he always said that Kenny was the best employer he ever worked for. I had the privilege of sitting down and talking with Kenny several years ago at his house in Loveland and got to see his huge collection of magic memorabilia, Kenny was so kind that day talking about my Dad working for him. RIP Kenny, I know you my Dad will have alot to talk about in heaven.
sandra roberts
Friend
October 27, 2020
I stumbled upon this obituary and just wanted to let the Klosterman family know that my dad worked as a route salesman for Klosterman Bakery for years before he retired. He had insanely early hours when he would leave in the morning to get the bread to all the restaurants but really seemed to enjoy the work. The great part was that he would also get home early enough to be around for us while we were growing up. Because of this, he was also able to coach our baseball/softball teams. His name was Paul Mormile. Unfortunately, he passed in 2007.
I just wanted the Klosterman family to know the positive impact Ken Klosterman had on our lives by providing my dad the ability to earn a decent living while still having time to participate in our lives. We are all better for that and I just wanted to say “Thank You.”

Roxanne Brett
October 26, 2020
I never met Ken, never knew him personally. But magicians around the world knew of Ken and his devotion to the art of magic through the years and his astonishing collection. It is people like Ken who have made magic as universally appealing as it is today. Ken, we thank you.
STEVE FRIEDBERG
Acquaintance
October 26, 2020
Jeff Wiechman
October 26, 2020
a loved one
October 26, 2020
Dear Klotserman Family prayers go out to your lose of unbelievable man that was kind hearted person, real knowledge on magic with his correction of fameless magicians all time, Klotserman bread company, me and a friend "Rick Cuthral" enjoyed talking a a tour of his museum of correction of different passed magicians, and chatting with him on Facebook at sometime of different magicians peace with and RIP. Ronald J. Gundrum live in Rising Sun Indiana
Ronald Gundrum
Acquaintance
October 25, 2020
Kim and Michael,
I am really sorry for your loss. I will keep you both in my prayers.
Nancy Manassah
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Nancy Manassah
Family
October 25, 2020
My Deepest sympathy to the Klosterman family. I was a former neighbor of Ken and Judy. Often saw them in Kroger years ago.
They both were kind neighbors. I enjoyed so much sitting on my front porch and looking at their beautiful farm and watching the horses. I have missed that so much since moving away.
Eileen Gronberg
Eileen Gronberg
Neighbor
October 25, 2020
My wife, I and our youngest son will never forget a once in a lifetime experience with Ken. He graciously granted our request to view his magic collection at his house. It was a 'magical' meeting with a perfect gentleman and one we will CHERISH FOREVER.
October 25, 2020
May God bless you and your family in this time of sorrow. Ken was a good friend to all who knew him. So knowledgeable about magic and always taking time to help others. He will be missed by many!
Rodger Lovins
Friend
October 25, 2020
May your hearts soon be filled with wonderful memories of joyful times together as you celebrate a life well lived.
Mark Lee
October 24, 2020
Mark Lee
October 24, 2020
Condolences to the Klosterman family and healing prayers. I retired from the bakery as a transport driver for Ross Avenue Plant. Kenny treated me like family. Picked up Christmas trees for yearly event and picked them up and brought them to Kenny's barn afterwards the event. Will ne greatly missed.
Larry Faul
Coworker
October 24, 2020
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