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Francis W. Klomps, 83

The Chatfield News of Chatfield, Minnesota

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Francis W. Klomps, 83, of rural Fountain, passed peacefully on Friday, Oct. 2, 2015, at Chosen Valley Care Center in Chatfield.

Francis William Klomps was born June 13, 1932, in Spring Valley, to John and Henrietta (Ramaker) Klomps. During his childhood, he attended country school and Spring Valley school. Francis married Lorraine Thomas on Dec. 30, 1952, at the home of his uncle, Rev. Dick Nagle. They resided in several areas of rural Fillmore County before purchasing their dairy farm outside of Fountain in 1967, where they raised their three children. Along with dairy farming, Francis drove school bus for Spring Valley schools and drove truck for Libby's, Warren Trucking and Kappers. He also hauled livestock for Lanesboro Sales and was a clerk for Chatfield Township for 15 years. Francis enjoyed camping, snowmobiling and travelling throughout the United States, Alaska and overseas. He also enjoyed driving his John Deere 520 on antique tractor rides with his family and friends. He always loved visiting with friends and relatives over a cup of coffee.

Francis is survived by his wife of 62 years, Lorraine of Chatfield; his son, Thomas of Preston; and his daughter, Gloria (Kenneth) Hollermann of Fountain; four grandchildren, Jolene (Jeremy) Greenwaldt of Rochester, Lori (Jonathon) Winkels of Preston, Jason (Kimberly) Hollermann of La Crosse, Wis., and and Matthew (Kristina) Hollermann of Elgin; four great-grandchildren, Jackson Greenwaldt, Abagail Rowley, Ava Hollermann and Aaron Hollermann.

He was proceeded in death by his son, Daniel; his parents; two brothers, John and Donald; a sister, Loretta Pendergrass; sisters-in-law, Audrey Klomps, Ruby Klomps and Laura Klomps; brothers-in-law, Penny Pendergrass, Lyle Thomas and Donald Nichols; as well as nephews, John Pendergrass and Harlan Vreeman.

The funeral was held on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2015, at the Preston United Methodist Church, with Rev. Amanda Larsen officiating. Burial was in the Cherry Grove Cemetery.

Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston assisted the family with services,

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Original Publication Date: October 21, 2015

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