Larry L. Kloppenburg

Larry L. Kloppenburg

November 23, 1957 – February 14, 2022

VISITATION: Saturday, February 19th from 4pm to 6pm followed by FUNERAL SERVICE at 6pm, all at West Center Chapel.  Graveside Service: Sunday, February 20th at 2pm at First Evangelical Lutheran Cemetery, 70139 Memphis Road, Wiota, Iowa.

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Larry Leroy Kloppenburg was welcomed into Heaven on February 14, 2022, after a lifetime battle with heart issues.  He is a loving daddy and best friend whose life and legacy will never be forgotten.

Larry was born on November 23, 1957, in Atlantic, Iowa, to parents, Belva and Lawrence Kloppenburg.  He was a mischievous child full of energy and love of life and God.  He had two brothers, Terry and Rick, who thought of Larry as the “Prodigal Son”, talented and athletic.  Larry liked to ride his tricycle around the house, play any type of ball, drive trucks with his dad, and eat all the pork chops.

Larry went to Anita High School, graduating in 1976.  Since he was born with a heart murmur, he was told he was never supposed to get tired.  That didn’t stop him from doing what he loved, playing on the high school basketball team where he was well known to run faster than anyone else could.

Shortly after high school, God lead Larry on his journey to Omaha, Nebraska.  There he would meet the love of his life, Mary Calabro.  They got married and were blessed with two daughters, Shannon and Kristin.  He was an extremely hard worker.  He worked at Guarantee Mutual from 1984 to around 2019, and at other jobs to help pay for Shannon’s surgeries, and to give his family a beautiful life.  Larry worked so hard he barely had time to do anything else, but still somehow found the time to play Pretty, Pretty Princess, swim with his kids, watch Kristin play ball, and listen to Shannon sing.  His daughters were the pride of his life.

Larry is survived by Mary Calabro; daughters, Shannon Libby (Seth), Kristin Simon (Bennett); brothers, Terry (Sally) and Rick (Rosie) Kloppenburg; mom, Belva Kloppenburg; nieces and nephews: Andrew and Ryan Kloppenburg, Jenny Grizzara, Karie Minehart, Jill Kloppenburg; granddaughter, Emree; and a grandchild on the way.  Preceded in death by dad, Lawrence Kloppenburg; uncle, Kenneth Kloppenburg; grandparents, Leonard and Ruth Bailey, Roy and Louise Kloppenburg.

Our daddy was the best person we’ve ever met in our lives.  From him we learned how to be forgiving, honest, faithful to God, kind, patient, and compassionate.  It was an honor to call you our daddy.  You are and always well be our hero.



  • Dawnel Smith-Haney Posted February 15, 2022 7:49 pm

    My deepest sympathy to all at this time May God give you strength, many fond memories of Larry from being in the same class all thru school

  • jo momsen Posted February 16, 2022 3:12 pm

    I am sorry for your loss. I remember Larry most recently at Shannon’s wedding. Specifically, I recall him beaming with pride when he was standing next to both his beautiful daughters. Prayers for both of you Kristin and Shannon during this difficult season.

  • Jessica Reese Posted February 16, 2022 11:04 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with your family.. I remember sitting at your ball games watching you and Hilary. Your dad was one of the sweetest men I had ever met. Sending all of you extra hugs

  • Lowie Posted February 17, 2022 10:31 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. I knew Larry from Guarantee Mutual Life Co. He was always so helpful and kind. He loved talking about his girls. I know he will be missed greatly.

  • bartelson sandy Posted February 17, 2022 11:49 am

    So sorry for the families loss. Larry was a good guy

  • Doug Perron Posted February 17, 2022 1:24 pm

    My deepest sympathy for your loss. I worked with Larry for many years at Guarantee Mutual and later Lincoln Financial. He always talked about his family mainly his daughters, Kristin and Shannon. An all around great and interesting guy that I had the privilege to know. He was a hard worker and always helped out. Outside of work he went out of his way a few times to help me with various things. I shall always remember him. Sincerely, Doug

  • The St Louis Calabros Posted February 17, 2022 6:37 pm

    Our deepest condolences to all of you. May his memory be eternal. Sending you love and light and wonderful memories❤️

    We love you!
    Joe, Tracy, Joe Jr & Leslie, Paul, Grace and Thomas

  • Leann Holaday Tiner Posted February 17, 2022 9:32 pm

    My heart goes out to all the family! I remember Larry as a kind and gentle soul. May you find peace and comfort knowing he is with his Heavenly Father enveloped in love.

  • Leann Tiner Posted February 18, 2022 6:13 am

    My heart goes out to all the family! I remember Larry as a kind and gentle soul. May you find peace and comfort knowing he is with his Heavenly Father surrounded in love.

  • Suzanne Badger Posted February 18, 2022 3:28 pm

    Larry was a good man. He loved purely. He worked so hard to care for his family. Larry loved to run. He was so kind to everyone. He strove to see the good in others. Larry loved his family above all things. He was a keeper. He fought for what was right. His smile lit up a room like the sun brightens the earth. To all of us who were privileged to have known Larry and walked a path with him at some time during our lives; we all know how blessed we were to have that good man in our lives. My deepest sympathy to his dear family.

  • Susan Retz Posted February 19, 2022 10:49 am

    My sympathies to those who loved Larry. I will remember Larry’s sweet and gentle manner, his incredible will and his dedication to his family. He was an amazing athlete… Seemed like “Bird” could jump nearly six feet straight up from standing in high school,
    Larry overcame many challenges throughout his life with grace and acceptance. His love of family and Creator was monumental and clearly directed his life May the many quiet blessings he bestowed on others throughout his life continue to blossom and grow.

  • Darlene Thorpe Posted February 19, 2022 11:43 am

    Larry was a great person, very hard worker. I was astonished at the hours he would work. Larry always had a kind word and treated you with respect. I worked with him for a few years at Lincoln Financial. You girls were blessed to have a father that cared so dearly for his daughters. Larry would talk about you all all the time he would show me pictures of you both always talking about your accomplishments. I often would think about Larry. Honor your father by continuing to live the life he instilled within each of you. I pray God comfort you in your time of sorrow. Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning. Peace be upon you.
    Oh I dare not leave Mary out. Larry loved you and often shared his wedding picture of you. He loved your dark complexion he was proud of the things he was able to provide for you and the girls.

  • Darlene Thorpe Posted February 19, 2022 11:54 am

    My Condolences goes out to the family. Larry I would consider a friend. I met Larry at Lincoln Financial he was a hard worker and devoted to his family. He loved his daughters , always sharing their accomplishments. I often wondered how this man could work so many hours, never drink water, lived off of Mountain Dew. You girls and Mary were blessed to have had a father, husband that tried to give you the best of this world. Honor your father by living the life he instilled in the both of you. May the peace of God be with you all in your time of sorrow. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning. Your father was a great guy I thank God for the pleasure of working with Larry.

  • Patty Garber Posted February 19, 2022 3:45 pm

    Working with Larry was a sheer pleasure. He was my buddy. We started at OPC about the same time and I enjoyed his antics and oneryness daily. I will miss his company and send strength and prayers for his family and friends.

  • Tina Steffens Posted February 21, 2022 3:27 pm

    Our prayers are with Larry’s family. Hold on to your memories of what a great father, husband, brother, son God gave you until you meet again.

  • John & Kristi Jorgensen-Carroll Iowa Posted March 6, 2022 6:55 pm

    Our sincere sympathy to Shannon & Kristin & Mary. & Family…….My husband John grew up in Anita Iowa & graduated together.. with Larry…Fathers are very special in so many ways…Larry was a good man & will be missed but glad he is at peace….Take Care of each other……Please remember that you are in our thoughts & prayers… ….

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