George Ervin Kloehn
George Ervin Kloehn, 80, of Henrietta Township, passed away at William A Middleton Veterans Hospital on Wednesday, November 5, 2014.
Born on July 27th 1934 to Ervin and Carrie (Norman) Kloehn in the Township of Henrietta. He was an only child, and had a best friend Leo Subera. George attend Henrietta School and Graduated from Richland Center High School in 1952. George was a 4-H member of Henrietta Trail Blazers, he receive the Leadership Trophy and a Tractor Safety award and called for square-dances for 4-H dances. He was a 4-H leader for many years.
George married Karen Wanless on October 27 1956.
In January 1957 till November 1958 he served in Germany as a cook and dishwasher and was discharged with an ulcer. He worked at Gold Bond Ice-cream plant for 3 year and farmed, then in 1960 he started driving bus for Roger Martin and then for Lester Graves and then in 1964 he bought his first bus and then was contracted through Richland Center School District. Worked for Burke Motor for several years. In 1973 he bought the Frye Hendricks Garage and worked on his busses and cars for other people. In 1985 he sold the busses and bought a trailer and truck to haul cattle. He drove bus after that for the Hilltoppers Color Guard till they disbanded. He hauled cattle till a few weeks before his death. He received the Friends of 4-H and received an award from the Richland Center High School FFA for his help for hauling cattle to the fair and mentoring them in farming. He was a member of the Odd Fellow Lodge for over 25 years he was a Noble Grand when they disbanded. He belonged to the Disabled Vets in Richland Center and he delivered the Shopping News for 10 years. He served on the Town of Henrietta as Town Chairman Supervisor and Assessor, served on the St. John’s Church Board, past president for Richland County Farm Bureau and Director, on the Richland County Beef Producer’s Board, and a past member of the School Bus Association. He enjoyed hunting pheasant and grouse with his sons and friends and fishing with the family.
George is survived by his wife 58 years Karen; 6 children: Jeanette Burkum from Merrill WI, Elizabeth Kloehn rural Hillsboro, Mary Yanske (Tom) of Salem MO, Bill Kloehn (Missy), Floyd Kloehn (friend Rose), Louise Kloehn and Richland Center; 10 Grandchildren: Jason and Jesse Burkum, TJ, Trevor Yanske, Sara Bays, Mike Kloehn, Joe Kloehn , Becky Kloehn, Tiffany Daughenbaugh and Carley Kloehn; 2 Step grandchildren: Terry Sage and Chelssi Deckert; 6 Great-grandchildren; 3 Step Great grandchildren; special cousin Viola (Jim) Behm of Fort Atkinson, special friends, Doug and Di Marshall of Hillsboro; and their daughters Emily and Sara; other relatives, and friends.
George was preceded in death by his parents Carrie and Ervin, son-in-law Arvid Burkum, and 2 great-grandchildren, and John Pier Lois Morgan.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at 11:00 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Richland Center, with Pastor Tom Dowling officiating. Burial will follow in the Richland Center Cemetery where military graveside rites will be provided by the Local Military Memorial Honors Unit. Friends may call at St. John’s Lutheran Church on Friday, November 7, 2014 from 4:00 PM until 8:00 PM and again on Saturday, November 8, 2014 from 10:00 AM until the time of the service at 11:00 AM. The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service is assisting the family with their arrangements.
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