John Klemm Obituary

John D. Klemm
John D. Klemm
John D. Klemm

March 22, 1926 - March 9, 2009
Resided in Ankeny, IA
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John Daniel Klemm, 82, passed away at Mercy Hospice on March 9, 2009 from complications of heart disease. He was born March 22, 1926 in Des Moines, IA, and graduated from Dowling High School. A mass of the Resurrection will be held 10:30 a.m., Saturday, March 14 at St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church, with burial to follow at St. John Catholic Cemetery in Cumming.

John was united in marriage to Virginia Colleen Fredregill on May 1, 1948 at St. Augustin's Catholic Church in Des Moines. He retired from the G.W. Onthank Company as board secretary. John then worked with his wife Virginia at Cassaday Refrigeration Company where he retired as vice-president.

John is survived by his wife of 60 years, Virginia, daughter; Regina (Bill) Lloyd of Linden, son; John (Fern) Klemm of St. Mary's, stepson; Douglas (Nona) Thompson of Bevington, and his sisters; Sr. Jean Agnes Klemm, OP and Sr. Marcine Klemm, OP of Adrian, MI.

John was preceded in death by his parents, John A. and Agnes (Rose) Klemm, brothers; Francis (Marie) Klemm, Richard Klemm, James Klemm, John and Joseph Klemm, and sisters; Agnes (Warren)Swartzbaugh, Mary (Wilbur) Lippold, Sr. Jeannine Klemm OP, and Cecilia (Robert) Johnson.

John was a member of St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church and the Holy Sepulcher. He served in the Army in the 746th Artillery Division in the Philippines during WW II. He was a lifetime member of the Boline-Manfredi Post 9622 VFW in Ankeny. John volunteered his time in retirement to his grandchildren and the St. Vincent DePaul Society.

John enjoyed camping, traveling, and his fifteen grandchildren; Jenifer, Jacqueline, Katie, Nicole, Christine, Denyse, Zeb, Shane, April, Elizabeth, Steve, Michele, Eric, Amy and Matthew, and his nineteen great-grand children. His sense of humor and loving nature will be missed by all who knew him.

Visitation begins 2:00 p.m., Friday at Iles Funeral Homes-Westover Chapel where the family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. with a vigil service at 7:00 p.m. Memorial contributions can be made to Mercy Hospice in Johnston or the district council of St. Vincent DePaul Society in Des Moines.


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Westover Funeral Home
6337 Hickman Road
Des Moines, IA US 50322
Friday, March 13, 2009
5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
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St. Mary of Nazareth Catholic Church
4600 Meredith Drive
Des Moines, IA US 50310
Saturday, March 14, 2009
10:30 AM
St. John Catholic Cemetery
Cumming, IA US 50061
Saturday, March 14, 2009


Mercy Hospice Johnston
5820 Winwood Drive
Johnston, IA 50131
District Council of St. Vincent dePaul Society
1426 Sixth Avenue
Des Moines, IA US 50314