Walter W. Klimpke Jr., 86, of Athens, passed away on Thursday, April 20, 2023 at Clark County Rehab and Living Center, Owen, under the care of ProMedica Hospice.
He was born on February 24, 1937, in the town of Johnson, Marathon County, to the late Walter Sr. and Alvina (Christiansen) Klimpke. Walter married the former Carol Westphal on September 22, 1962 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church, Milan. Walter worked on the family dairy farm and was also a truck driver, making cattle deliveries to Equity Livestock for many years. Walter was a hard-worker and lovingly provided for his family. He enjoyed drives in his pickup truck with his dog and grandson checking up on the neighborhood and what people were up to. In addition to his work, Walter served in the National Guard for many years.
Survivors include his wife, Carol; children, Debbie (Mark) Schilling and Audra Klimpke; sisters, Ruth Komarek and Shirley (Clarence) Liss; grandchildren, Steph Klimpke (Mark Kunze), Trevor Klimpke (Natalie Brophy), Kyle Schilling (Tanya Passeo), and Katlyn Schilling (Devon Wadzinski); great-grandchild, Aiden Klimpke; niece, Patty (Todd) Thurs; nephew, Shannon (Cecile) Meier; brother-in-law, Ted Meier Jr.; dog, Dusty; and cat, Mouse.
He was preceded in death by his son, Wayne Klimpke; parents, Walter Sr. and Alvina Klimpke; brother, Gerald Klimpke; niece, Pam Meier; brother-in-law, Donald Komarek; and sister-in-law, Bev Meier.
A memorial service will be at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 29, 2023 at Peace Lutheran Church (Town of Frankfort), 114323 Huckleberry Road, Edgar, with Rev. Scott Miller officiating. Visitation will begin at 9:00 a.m. until the time of service at the church. Burial will be at a later date in Peace Lutheran Church Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.petersonkraemer.com.