Howard Klempel, a veteran, a farmer/rancher, beloved husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend, passed from this earth to be with his heavenly Father on Thursday, April 10, 2014.
Howard was born June 26, 1925 in Aberdeen, ID, to Frank and Elsie Klempel. He graduated from Aberdeen High School then served in the U.S. Army before returning home to farm with his father. He bought the farm when his father retired, then operated it with his wife, brother-in-law and children.
Howard was a dedicated, nurturing family man and loyal friend. He was active in the First Mennonite Church and proud of all the congregation accomplishments. He was part of the team of men from the First Mennonite Church who enhanced the established Camp Palisades during the mid 1960s with building the Lodge, which will be 50 years old this summer, along with re-grading the road to the camp from the bottom of the valley. Over the years he helped when he could to continue to improve the Camp.
His passion to reduce soil erosion on his farm plus allow his cattle to have better grazing ground led him to receive the 1965 Bingham County Grassman of the Year. He continued those conservation principles his entire career until he retired. After retirement he spent his time in the yard and garden. Throughout his life he supported the agriculture lifestyle including the activities of his children and grandchildren. Whatever he undertook he did it with integrity and a never give up attitude. While he was very reserved, all of his family and close friends will miss his occasional wit, his smile/wink, his support, encouragement and generosity.
Howard is survived by his wife of 61 years, Joyce Ann (Ruff), of Aberdeen; his children, Donald (Tina), Russell and Kelly (Debbie); seven grandchildren, Heather, Katie, Dawn, Justin, Amber, Merissa and Micah; two sisters, Helen Harder and Dorothy Isaak; seven great-grandchildren; a niece, nephews and cousins. Howard is preceded in death by his parents and his brother Frank Jr.
A Celebration of Life with military honors will take place on Tuesday, April 22, 9:30 a.m. at the First Mennonite Church, 381 West Washington, Aberdeen. Interment will be in the Homestead Cemetery followed by a lunch at the Fellowship Hall. The visitation will be Monday, April 21, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Davis-Rose Mortuary, 170 Idaho St., American Falls.
In lieu of flowers a memorial contribution may be made to the First Mennonite Church General Fund, 381 West Washington, Aberdeen, ID 83210 or Old Faithful Christian Ranch, 2364 West 81st South, Idaho Falls, ID 83402.
Condolences may be sent online to www.davisrosemortuary.com for the family.