Earl R. Klenke, age 83 of Edwardsville, IL, died Monday, October 11, 2021, at Cedarhurst of Edwardsville in Edwardsville, IL.
He was born on Thursday, March 10, 1938, in rural Edwardsville, the son of Louis and Malinda (nee Ziegler) Klenke.
On Sunday, January 11, 1959, he married Doris M. Klenke nee Wiehe.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church in Alhambra, IL, served on the Harris Cemetery Board from 1974-1999, a member of the National MPS Society, and a former member of the NFO (National Farmer’s Organization).
Earl was born and raised in rural Edwardsville. He served with the US Army and was stationed in Korea. He and his wife moved on the farm in rural Edwardsville in 1959. He was a grain and livestock farmer. They lived on the farm until 2005 when they moved to their new home one mile east of the farm.
He had a good mechanical aptitude, a talent for fabrication, and also had good carpentry skills. He always enjoyed helping others with projects.
In his later years, he continued to enjoy studying the Bible, eating ice cream, and playing cards.”
Daughter – Kathy M. (Howard) Elmy, O Fallon, MO
Son – Dale R. (Valerie) Klenke, Worden, IL
Daughter – Linda S. (David) Hooks, Alhambra, IL
Son – Brian L. (Kristine) Klenke, Worden, IL
Grandchild – Nathan D. (Margaret) Elmy
Grandchild – Clayton H. (Clair)Elmy
Grandchild – David R. Klenke
Grandchild – Audrey M. (Josh) Peebles
Grandchild – Darren S. (Betsy) Hooks
Grandchild – Jason D. (Brooke) Hooks
Grandchild – Chelsey N. (Specialist Matthew Robertson, Army National Guard) Robertson
Sister – Darlene (Leo) Rode, Grantfork, IL.
He was preceded in death by:
Father – Louis Wilhelm Klenke – Died 10/24/1984
Mother – Malinda Katherine Anna Klenke (nee Ziegler) – Died 10/26/1970
Wife – Doris M. Klenke (nee Wiehe) – Died 11/23/2019
Grandchild – Kraig Anthony Klenke – Died 10/26/2010
Brother – Hilbert C. Klenke – Died 7/22/2019
Brother – Edwin L. Klenke – Died 6/17/2017
Brother – Lester L. Klenke – Died 9/8/2017
Sister – Louise E. Woods – Died 9/9/2006
Sister – Edna M. Eberhart – Died 3/20/2018
Sister – Ella L. Ostendorf – Died 3/19/2019
Sister – Wilmer A. Klenke – Died 3/8/1996
Sister – Gladys L. Wilkening – Died 3/21/2019.
Arrangements are being handled by Dauderman Mortuary in Alhambra, IL.
Visitation will be held from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 14, 2021, at First Baptist Church in Alhambra, IL and from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM on Friday, October 15, 2021, at First Baptist Church in Alhambra, IL.
Funeral service will be at 10:00 AM on Friday, October 15, 2021, at First Baptist Church in Alhambra, IL., with Rev. Mark Gause, Pastor, officiating.
Interment will be at Harris Cemetery in Alhambra, IL.
Memorial contributions may be made to National MPS Society or Harris Cemetery.