Edgar Christ Kloempken, 85, of Glencoe

Funeral services for Edgar Christ Kloempken, 85 of Glencoe, were held on Monday, Aug. 29, from Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe, with the Rev. Kristi Rockswold officiating.  Mr. Kloempken died on Thursday, August 25, 2005, at the Glencoe Regional Health Services’ long-term care facility in Glencoe.  Pianist was Twyla Kirkeby. Congregational hymns were “Amazing Grace,” “Beyond The Sunset,” “Rock Of Ages” and “How Great Thou Art.” Honorary pallbearers were grandchildren, Adam Hill, Amy Hill-Hahn, Amanda Hill, Melissa Hill. Pallbearers were John Scheer, Ervin Muchow, Jarad Hahn, Eldon Hantge, Daniel Pagel and Hilary Sauter. Interment was in the Glencoe City Cemetery.  Mr. Kloempken was born on May 20, 1920, in Round Grove Township McLeod County, rural Fernando, to Henry and Ida (Gehrke) Kloempken. He was baptized as an infant, and later confirmed in his faith as a youth on April 14, 1935, by the Rev. A. Pink at St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church in Fernando. His confirmation verses were Matthew 28:20, Jeremiah 43:1 and John 15:5, which he learned in German. He received his education at country school District 24 in Fernando.   On Oct. 3, 1956, Mr. Kloempken was united in marriage to Joyce Pagel at the Church of Peace in Glencoe. They resided and farmed in Round Grove Township, rural Fernando, and later moved to Glencoe in 1958. They shared 48 years of marriage.   In addition to farming, Mr. Kloempken held employment at the Glencoe Creamery and Glencoe Manufacturing in Glencoe and at Bongards Creameries in Carver County. He retired in 1985.  Mr. Kloempken was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Glencoe.   He enjoyed fishing, watching television, walking, dancing and playing cards. He especially enjoyed the time he spent with his wife, children and grandchildren.  When Mr. Kloempken needed assistance with his daily care, he became a resident of Glencoe Regional Health Services’ long-term care facility on May 12.  Survivors include his wife, Joyce Kloempken of Glencoe; sons, Bernard Hill of Glencoe and David Hill of Glencoe; grandchildren, Adam Hill, Amy (Jared) Hill-Hahn, Amanda Hill and Melissa Hill; great-grandchild, Ethan Hill; brother, Edwin Kloempken of Arlington; nieces, nephews, many other relatives and friends.   Preceding him in death were his parents; sisters, Elsie Penk and her husband, Walter, and Selda Hantge and her husband, George; sister-in-law, Esther Kloempken.   Arrangements were by Dobratz-Hantge Chapel in Hutchinson.