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Richard Kleppe
November 13, 1936 - January 2, 2021

Richard Kleppe, 84, of Oelwein passed away Saturday January 2, 2021 at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.  There will not be any services at this time.  A Celebration Of Life will be held at a later date.

Richard Lloyd Kleppe was born on the family farm near West Union on November 13, 1936 to parents Otto and Lillie (Barness) Kleppe.  He graduated from West Union High School.  On June 14, 1955 he was united in marriage with Louise Hilgerson at Bethany Lutheran Church in Ossian.  Richard farmed, and had been employed as a feed truck driver for Wilson’s Purina in West Union, and an Auto Body Mechanic for Underdahl Chevrolet in Independence.  Richard and his son Rick owned and operated Kleppe’s Auto Body in Oelwein from 1981-2008.  He later was a delivery driver for Rite Price Office Supply in Oelwein.  Richard loved camping and fishing and enjoyed many weekends doing so at Lake City, MN.

Left to celebrate Richard’s life is his wife Louise; his children: Rick (Tina) Kleppe of Oelwein, Chrissy (Chris) Luckeroth of Oelwein, Tom (Jill) Kleppe of Harpers Ferry and Lori (Kenneth) Webb of Oelwein; his seven grandchildren; his fourteen great-grandchildren; his sister Ethel (Dale) Hilsenbeck of Waterloo; and his sister-in-law Sharon Anderson of West Union.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his step-father Hildmer Berentson; his grandchildren: Jeremy Latham and Joshua Kleppe.


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Cleone Kay Fordham on January 10, 2021 at 3:43 PM said:

Richard was a classmate (West Union Class of 1955). I last saw him at our 2015 reunion and spoke with him on the phone in 2018. His wife, Louise, was also a classmate. Sending prayers for the family.
Mike & Mary Gaffney on January 10, 2021 at 3:24 AM said:

Deepest Condolences to the family and dear friends of Richard. Rest in eternal peace. Hugs Louise
Anonymous on January 5, 2021 at 11:18 PM said:

Didn’t know the man but if his grandchildren are anything to go by, he was a great man and I wish I could’ve met him someday. All my thoughts and prayers are with the family, I’ll crack a beer for the big man on my next fishing trip <3
Cathy Martin on January 5, 2021 at 3:38 PM said:

My sympathy to all. He was a good man. Glad I got to know him when he ran the auto biz.
Nancy & Lyle Miller on January 5, 2021 at 6:19 AM said:

Sincere condolences to all. Always new Rich as hard worker & good personality. He will be missed & may he rest in peace

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