William D Klopfenstein

Written by Theresa Rose on August 3, 2015

William Dale Klopfenstein, 84, of Winfield died August 1, 2015 at Sunrise Terrace in Winfield, following a three-year battle with multiple myeloma cancer.

Born December 4, 1930 in Washington, Iowa, the son of Fred and Hazel Fletcher Klopfenstein. He married Lenore Marie Sander November 15, 1953 in Donnellson. She died May 17, 1991. He married Carol Earnest Liechty on February 11, 1995.

Bill was a longtime resident of the Winfield area, moving from West Chester with his parents when he was two years old. Bill graduated from Winfield High School in 1948, and then attended Iowa State University for two years. He was drafted into the Army in 1951, served in the Korean Conflict and was honorably discharged on September 27, 1953. He returned home to Winfield where he farmed all of his life with his brother Joe.

Bill was an active citizen in the Winfield community. He was a 70-year member of the Winfield United Methodist Church, where he served on the Board of Trustees. He was a 60-year member of the American Legion and a member of the VFW. Bill served on several local boards including the Henry County School Board, the Peoples State Bank Board, the Sunrise Terrace Board, the Winfield Library Board, and the Henry County Pioneer Cemetery Board. He was a founding Board Member of the Winfield Historical Society.

After his retirement from farming, Bill enjoyed traveling in the United States and abroad. He visited his son Neil in several countries, as well as Haakon Wergeland in Norway, who stayed with Bill and his family as an exchange student in 1971-1972.

Bill also followed his passion for history and genealogy. He researched and wrote several short history booklets about interesting citizens, events and happenings of Winfield for the benefit of the Winfield Historical Society. Bill particularly enjoyed helping dear friend and Civil War historian Charlie Larimer conduct local research on Henry County people found in his book, “Love and Valor,” which was later made into a movie. Together with Carol, Bill extensively researched and documented most of the branches of their family trees, often traveling to visit the homes and graves of ancestors around the country.

Family was important to Bill. He always enjoyed spending time with his family and attending his granddaughters’ many activities over the years.

He is survived by his wife, Carol Klopfenstein; two sons, Neil Klopfenstein of Silver Spring, Maryland and James (Sue) Klopfenstein of Cedar Rapids; two granddaughters, Amy (Weston) Marling of Iowa City and Heidi (Dr. Adam) Shroyer of Bloomfield; one exchange student granddaughter, Ivy Chen; two great grandsons, Peter Shroyer and David Shroyer; one brother Joseph (Ruth) Klopfenstein, one sister Alice (Alan) Trees, one sister-in-law Lavonne Klopfenstein all of Winfield; and nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents, his first wife, and one brother Phillip Klopfenstein.

Funeral services will be held Thursday August 6, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at the Winfield United Methodist Church, with Rev. Randy Moser officiating. Interment will follow at the Winfield-Scott Township Cemetery with graveside military rites. Friends may call from 2-7:00 p.m. Wednesday at the Honts Funeral Home in Winfield, where the family will meet with friends from 5-7:00 p.m. Memorials have been established for the United Methodist church, Winfield Public Library and the Winfield Historical Society.