Wilfred J. Klenke, 91, of Coldwater, died on Wednesday, May 28, 2014, at Briarwood Village.
He was born on June 2, 1922, in St. Henry to the late Norbert and Victoria (Thobe) Klenke.
He married Frances (Selhorst) on Sept. 4, 1948, in Carthagena and she survives in Coldwater.
He is survived by 12 children, Tom (Rox) Klenke of Coldwater; Dan (Rose) Klenke of St. Marys; Peg (Ken) Dues of St. Henry; Mary (Fred) Kremer of Maria Stein; Ed (Connie) Klenke of St. Henry; Karen (Nick) Evans of St. Marys; Charlene (Jim) West of Wellington, Fla.; Roger (Connie) Klenke of St. Henry; Bill (Tammy) Klenke of Coldwater; Mark Klenke of Coldwater; Kari (Gary) Prenger of Maria Stein; and Fred Klenke of St. Marys; 31 grandchildren; 41 great-grandchildren; seven siblings, Elmer (Mary Lou) Klenke of Coldwater; Ann (Paul) Tobe of Coldwater; Esther Goettemoeller of Maria Stein; Mildred (Urban) Knapke of Maria Stein; Delores Muhlenkamp of Bryant, Ind.; Ivo (Ginny) Klenke of Lima; and Patricia (Joe) Brockman of Portland, Ind.; in-laws Lilly Mock of Fort Recovery; June Klenke of Springboro; Joan Ranly of Fort Recovery; Henry and Peg Selhorst of Coldwater and Homer Schieltz of Florida.
He was also preceded in death by a son, Gary, three grandchildren, one great-grandchild, siblings Don Klenke, Bob Klenke and Mary Lou (Harold) Ranly, and in-laws, Dan Goettmoeller, Marvin Muhlenkamp, Ludwig (Bertha) Selhorst, Julie (Ray) Wilker, Bernard (Carol) Selhorst, Odelia (Robert) Bruggeman and Clara Schieltz.
He was a member of St. Aloysius Catholic Church, Carthagena, the Ministry of Praise, the St. Lawrence Men’s Society of the Church and the Coldwater American Legion. Wilfred was a lifelong farmer and a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps serving during World War II.
A Mass of Christian Burial took place at 10:30 a.m. today at St. Henry Church. Burial with military rites followed in St. Aloysius Cemetery.
Friends called from 1 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday and from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. today at the Hogenkamp Funeral Home, Coldwater.
Memorials may be made to State of the Heart Hospice.
Condolences may be left at HogenkampFh.com.