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.