Ivan C. Klopfenstein, 76, of Wapakoneta, died at 11:58 p.m. Monday, Oct. 31, 2011, at St. Ritaâ€™s Medical Center in Lima.
He was born Nov. 2, 1934, in Jackson Township, Shelby County, the son of Caroline M. (Kahler) and Christian A. Klopfenstein, who preceded him in death.
Surviving are two sons, Terry (Mary Carson) Klopfenstein, of Wapakoneta, Christopher (Angela) Klopfenstein, of Wapakoneta; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; four sisters, Erma Wilt, of Sidney, Eileen Falor, of West Liberty, Martha Spicer, of Troy, and Florence Shipman, of Sidney.
Ivan retired from the Ford Motor Company Lima Engine Plant after 40 years service. He was a farmer in his earlier years. He was a member of the Fraternal Order of the Eagles, Aerie 691 in Wapakoneta, where served as a trustee for over 35 years. He was inducted to the Wapakoneta Eagles Hall of Fame and was awarded the â€śMan of the Yearâ€ť from the Northwest Zone of the Eagles. He was past state president of the Ohio Council of Fraternal, Veterans, & Service Organizations, Inc, and was named â€śFraternalist of the Yearâ€ť from the Ohio Council. A graduate of Jackson Center High School, he was a member of the Sons of the American Legion, Post 330,Wapakoneta. He had owned harness racing horses and love horse racing in years past. Ivan was like a rock, and if anyone needed an ear, he had one.
A reception will be held at the Wapakoneta Eagles Lodge from 1 to 4 p.m. Nov. 19, 2011, where an Eagles Memorial Service will be held.
Arrangements are being handled by the Bayliff & Eley Funeral Home in Wapakoneta.
Condolences may be expressed at www.bayliffandeleyfh.com.
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