John Kluth

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John Verdine Kluth, 86, of Farmersburg, Iowa died Sunday, January 7, 2018 at Elkader Care Center, Elkader, Iowa. John was born on May 1, 1931, to John A. and Alice (Glawe) Kluth in rural Farmersburg Township. He was baptized on June 14, 1931, and confirmed on July 25, 1945, at St. John Lutheran Church, Farmersburg, Iowa. John attended Mecklenberg rural school and graduated from Farmersburg High School in 1948. He farmed with his folks after graduation. In 1953 John was drafted into the United States Army. He served thirteen months in France. John was honorably discharged in 1955.

John was united in marriage with Dorothy Schutte on August 25, 1957, at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Postville, Iowa. To this union two children were born, Diane and David. They farmed the Kluth Farm until retiring to Farmersburg.

John was a member of the St. Olaf American Legion for over 60 years, where he served in various offices in the local post, county and fourth district. He was a life-long member of St. John Lutheran Church, serving on the church council and helped with numerous church activities. He was also a board member of many different organizations in Clayton County. After retiring from farming, he enjoyed working in his wood working shop where he made items for family members and friends.

John is survived by his wife, Dorothy Kluth of Farmersburg, Iowa; one daughter, Diane Kluth and Harlan of Rochester, Minnesota; grandson, Joshua (Kathy) Kluth; three great-granddaughters, Karish, Kellian and Kirilee Kluth; brothers-in-law, Leonard (Jean) Schutte and Edward Wiedenman; nieces, nephews and friends.

John was preceded in death by his son, David; parents, John and Alice Kluth; mother-in-law and father-in-law; and one sister, Mardella Wiedenman.

Funeral services were held on Friday, January 12, 2018, at 2 p.m. at St. John Lutheran Church, Farmersburg, Iowa. The Rev. Harold McMillin officiated.  There was a visitation from 12-2 p.m. before services at the church on Friday. Inurnment was at Farmersburg–Wagner Cemetery, Farmersburg, Iowa, with military honors.

Leonard–Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service of Monona, Iowa, was in charge of arrangements.

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