Gordon Klemme of Akron passed away peacefully, Sunday, Nov. 24, 2013, at his home, surrounded by his loving family and friends.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 27 at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Akron. Pastors Jim Berka and Glenn Packiam will officiate. Private family inurnment will be in Riverside Cemetery in Akron. Visitation with the family will commence at 10:00 a.m. until service time on Wednesday and immediately following the service during a time of lunch and fellowship, all at the church. Carlsen Funeral Home- Schroeder Chapel in Akron is in charge of arrangements. Expressions of sympathy can be extended to the family through www.carlsenfuneralhome.com.
Gordon George Klemme was born Oct. 9, 1924, in Akron, Iowa, the son of Alfred and Rosina Klemme. He graduated from Akron High School in 1942. He was united in marriage to Shirley Roane Morehead on Sept. 15, 1945.
After high school, Gordon briefly worked in the shipyards in California, learning the craft of welding. He returned to Iowa to farm with his father. In the late 1950s he and the family spent a few winters in California where he worked in the construction trade. During those years, he was also an avid go-kart racer and designed many engine improvements. He also sold mutual funds for a few years. Gordon was a lifelong farmer and retired in 1980. He led a very active life through a variety of hobbies and interests, which included fishing, hunting, hiking, playing cards, golfing, playing pool, taxidermy, playing horseshoes, flying, and ballroom dancing. He generously shared his mechanical ingenuity and skills with his family and friends through designing, building, and repairing things.
Survivors include his daughters: Roxanne Michael and husband, Bill of Akron; Coyla Trotzig and husband, Joe of Naples, FL; his granddaughters: Holly Packiam and husband, Glenn of Colorado Springs, CO; Alison MacPhail and husband, Danny of Modesto, CA; Abby Milbrodt and husband, Mark of Springdale, AK; great-grandchildren: Sophia, Norah, Jonas, and Jane Packiam, Ava and Landon Milbrodt; and his sister-in-law and husband, Betty and Harvey Klemme of Akron; and several nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents: Alfred and Rosina (Bubs) Klemme; his brother, Wilmer Klemme; his granddaughter, Jayna Trotzig; and his wife: Shirley Klemme.