1930-2011

Harry Klocke, 81, of Dedham, died Saturday, Aug. 13, 2011, at Manning Regional Healthcare Center in Manning.

Mass of the Christian burial will be celebrated at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday, Aug. 16, at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Dedham.  

The Celebrant will be Father Andrew Hoffman, assisted by Deacon Louis Meiners.  

Music will be by Donna Grossman and the St. Joseph’s Choir.

Mass servers will be: Jessica, Nolan, and Danielle Schultes.  

Lectors will be Mike Klocke and John Schwaller.  

Gift bearers will be Harry’s grandchildren.  

Eucharistic ministers will be Harry’s daughter-in-law, Kathy Klocke, and Harry’s son’s in-law, Daryl Boeckman and Brian Lichter.  

Honorary casket bearers will be Harry’s grandchildren.  

Casket bearers will be Harry’s sons Eddie Klocke, Kevin Klocke, Mark Klocke, and Harry’s sons-in-law Tom Schwaller, Daryl Boeckman, and Brian Lichter.  

Burial will be at St. Joseph’s Cemetery in Dedham.

Friends may call at Sharp Funeral Home in Carroll after 3:30 p.m., today. There will be a rosary at 4 p.m., followed by a Christian wake service at 7 p.m.

Memorials may be left at the funeral home or the church for Kuemper Catholic Schools Foundation.  Online condolences may be left for Harry’s family at http://www.sharpfuneral.com.

Born May 18, 1930, Harry John Klocke was a son of Edward and Margaret (Pletchette) Klocke.  

He attended St. Joseph School in Dedham.

On Oct. 16, 1951, he married Lorraine Hoffman.  They had six children: Marikay, Mark, Kevin, Eddie, Kris, and Jenna.  

Harry’s life was dedicated to farming.  In 1953, he moved to his father’s family farm. In 1982, Harry and Lorraine built a home just a short distance from the home place where he resided until his death.  

After retiring in 1992, he continued to help his sons with the farm operation.

He enjoyed watching his children’s and his grandchildren’s activities. He relished getting to know the “new additions” to the family, whether they were spouses of the grandchildren or whether they were new great-grandchildren.  He loved attending Kuemper High School events from music to sports to drama.

As a young man, Harry enjoyed hunting and trapping.  Baseball and slow-pitch softball were also favorite pastimes.

Harry played and managed slow pitch for the Dedham Southsiders.  He recently enjoyed the 16-inch Alumni Reunion in Willey and was honored, along with his son Eddie, and grandson Adam, for being part of three generations of slow-pitch players.

Socializing over coffee at the “Corner Station” and in Manning was part of his daily routine.  He also enjoyed reading, gardening, and sharing his produce with family and friends.  Harry was a lifelong member of St. Joseph’s Parish in Dedham.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years Lorraine Klocke of Dedham; his children Marikay (Tom) Schwaller of Omaha, Neb., Mark Klocke of Audubon, Kevin (Jayne) Klocke of Templeton, Eddie (Kathy) Klocke of Templeton, Kris (Daryl) Boeckman of Carroll, and Jenna (Brian) Lichter of Omaha, Neb.; 16 grandchildren John (Jen) Schwaller, Dan (Kelly) Schwaller, Michael Schwaller, Mike Klocke, Steve Klocke, Justin Klocke, Stephanie Klocke, Christopher Klocke, Jessica Klocke, Jacob (Lindsey) Klocke, Erica (Phil) Prest, Aaron Klocke, Adam Klocke, Amanda Klocke, Andy Boeckman, and Ben Boeckman; four great-grandchildren Sarah, Julia, Samuel, and Damien Schwaller; his sisters Luella Klein of Carroll, Elaine Sporrer of Templeton, Kathleen Irlmeier of Audubon, Leana (Don) Kalkhoff of Templeton, Leona Erps of Denison, and Carol (Eugene) Hoffman of Carroll; his brothers in-law and sisters in-law: Cecil Cox of Harlan, Mary Klocke of Carroll, Alfred (Lois) Hoffman of Coon Rapids, and Dorothy Hoffman of Dedham, as well as many nieces, nephews, and many friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sisters, Jeannette Klocke and Evangeline Cox; his brothers, Joseph and Louis Klocke.