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Arvin Gilbert Klemme

April 21, 1932 June 9, 2020
Arvin Gilbert Klemme
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Obituary for Arvin Gilbert Klemme

On Tuesday, June 9th, 2020 Arvin Gilbert Klemme passed away peacefully at his home in Hubbard, Iowa. He had been lovingly cared for by his family.
Arvin was born April 21st, 1932 on his parent’s farm in Hubbard, Iowa. His parents were Ernest and Wilhelmenia “Minnie” (Schnormeier) Klemme. Arvin was the youngest of six children. When he was born, his dad said ‘good another hired hand.’ Arvin grew up around Hubbard, attended the New Providence Community School, and graduated in 1950. Arvin helped farm at home until he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War where he served from 1953 to 1955. During his time in the Army, Arvin was a corporal working with missiles in El Paso, Texas. Upon his return from the Army, Arvin attended DeVry Institute in Chicago where he studied electronics. Arvin attended school at DeVry during the day and was working his way thru school by collecting bank deposits at night. Eventually Arvin returned home to Hubbard to farm as he missed the wide open spaces.
On February 15th, 1959 Arvin was united in marriage to the love of his life Julia Clingerman at the Methodist Church in Eldora. To this union a daughter Jean Ann was born. Jean, her husband Ewald, and Jean’s son’s Benjamin and Daniel lit up his life holding a special place in his heart.
Arvin kept himself busy when not farming. He worked for Reifschneider Seed, set up grain bins for Barnard Implement, read light meters for 30 years, worked for Hoffman seeds, bagged beans for Madden seeds, and took care of hogs for Swine Graphics at the Jorgenson hog unit. Arvin “retired” from farming in 1995, however he continued to help out area farmers such as Lynn Holecheck and Tom and Aaron Ingebritson. In Arvin’s later years he continued to be active in farming helping Paul Zoske in whatever way he could. In fact Paul got a call one morning that someone was at his grain bin at 4am. It was Arvin just trying to make sure everything stayed on schedule. This spring was the first planting season Arvin had ever missed.
God, faith and church were extremely important to Arvin. He was a lifelong member of the Zion United Church of Christ in Hubbard. Arvin was baptized and confirmed by Rev. Kruetzman. Arvin was actively involved serving on the church council as Vice President and as head trustee, sang in the choir, was a Sunday school superintendent, and taught Sunday school. We would like to give a special thank you to Pastor Laura for administering communion to Arvin at home.
Arvin was proud of his and his brothers’ military service. He remained in contact with his Army buddies throughout his life. In 2015 Arvin had the opportunity to represent his bothers Harley, Virgil, and Kenneth on the Freedom flight to Washington D.C. In fact he was so excited he climbed the steps to the Lincoln Memorial, shocking the others in his group. Arvin was a lifetime member of the Hubbard American Legion post #4. He served as an adjutant and bugler. Arvin was also elected and held the position of Grant township clerk for many years.
Arvin had many hidden talents. He surprised his wife Julia with his roller skating abilities on one of their dates. He took his grandsons roller skating at the age of 72 years. Arvin and Julia loved to dance and could be seen twirling around the dance floor whether square dancing or kicking up their heels at a wedding to rock and roll or stirring up dust to country music at a barn dance. Arvin was also a skillful pool player and we would marvel at how quickly he could clear a table. Arvin enjoyed fishing trips with his friends and family which always resulted in some type of memorable fishing story.
Arvin was a kid at heart. He was always ready to play whether it was a board game, a game of bowling (even if he did fall in the gutter), a round of miniature golf, or downhill sledding even though he was 74 years old! Throwing snowballs in the house and setting off firecrackers to scare Jean and her friends was a favorite pastime of Arvin’s.
Of course Arvin’s favorite activity was playing cards, especially 500. Arvin and Julia were members of multiple card clubs over the years. Recently Arvin was a frequent substitute for Julia’s card clubs. Family gatherings were not complete without Arvin getting out a deck of cards and asking who wants to play. As soon as Arvin’s daughter and later grandkids were old enough, he taught them how to play 500. Evenings were spent playing cards with family and friends. Card playing with Arvin was always a fun time.
The center of Arvin’s world was his family. He loved spending time with them. Family vacations, grandchildren’s activities, and family gatherings were all extremely valuable to Arvin. He was proud of his daughter’s and his grandson’s accomplishments and his eyes would light up whenever he talked about them. To Arvin, just talking to family on the phone made his day.
Arvin loved his nieces and nephews. He took great pride in seeing them grow up and in having the opportunity to be there for them over the years. He felt responsible for watching over them.
Arvin never knew a stranger he didn’t like. He made friends wherever he went. Arvin was full of life, kindness, and love and the world is a little emptier without him. Heaven gained an angel the day Arvin died.
Arvin is survived by his wife Julia, his daughter Jean Ann, his son-in-law Ewald Weiss, his grandsons Benjamin and Daniel Baker, and his former son-in-law David Baker. He is also survived by Ewald’s children Nicholas, Christopher, and Rebecca Weiss. Arvin is also survived by many nieces and nephews. Those proceeding Arvin in death are his parents Ernest and Wilhelmenia “Minnie” Klemme, brother Harley and his wife Viola (Brandt) Klemme, his sister Bernice (Klemme) and her husband Frederick Krueger, brother Virgil and his wife Eloise (German) Klemme, his sister Elaine (Klemme) and her husband Darrell Huffman, and his brother Kenneth and his wife Wilma (Schultz) Klemme.
Arvin, you touched our hearts, we miss you and we love you.




In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Zion United Church of Christ, Hubbard, IA or American Legion Post #4, Hubbard, IA.

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Visitation

Thursday

11

Jun

5:00 PM 6/11/2020 5:00:00 PM - 8:00 PM 6/11/2020 8:00:00 PM
Hubbard Cemetery

S Wisconsin St
Hubbard, IA 50122

Social distancing guidelines should be adhered to. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be directed to Zion United Church of Christ, Hubbard, IA or American Legion Post #4, Hubbard, IA.

Hubbard Cemetery
S Wisconsin St Hubbard 50122 IA
United States

Graveside

Friday

12

Jun

10:30 AM 6/12/2020 10:30:00 AM
Hubbard Cemetery

S Wisconsin St
Hubbard, IA 50122

You are encouraged to bring a lawn chair. Social distancing guidelines should be adhered to.

Hubbard Cemetery
S Wisconsin St Hubbard 50122 IA
United States

Cemetery Details

Location

Hubbard Cemetery Final Resting Place

S Wisconsin St
Hubbard, IA 50122

S Wisconsin St Hubbard 50122 IA
United States

Memorial Contribution

Hubbard American Legion Post #4

PO Box 116
219 1/2 E Maple St
Hubbard, IA 50122

Zion United Church of Christ

201 E Chestnut St
PO Box 368
Hubbard, IA 50122
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