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Harold Kleinhans

Alcester, South Dakota ~ Harold F. Kleinhans, 82, of Alcester, South Dakota, died suddenly on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.

Funeral Service will be 2:30 p.m. Friday, September 2, 2016 at the American Lutheran Church in Hawarden, Iowa with Rev. Erma Wolf officiating. Burial will follow in the Grace Hill Cemetery. Visitation with the family will begin at 6:30 p.m., with a Prayer Service at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at the American Lutheran Church. The Porter Funeral Home in Hawarden is assisting the family. Condolences may be sent to www.porterfuneralhomes.com.

Harold F. Kleinhans was born on May 23, 1934, in Akron, Iowa, to Fred and Ella (Meether) Kleinhans. He was raised in Union County, South Dakota, where he attended rural country schools. He graduated from Alcester High School in 1952. Harold farmed with his father specializing in dairy for many years.

Harold married Waverly Wells of Canton, South Dakota, on June 5, 1955. Their wedding was the first wedding at the new Bethany Lutheran Church in Fairview, South Dakota. He has been a member of Hawarden American Lutheran Church for many years and served on church council many times. Harold and Waverly moved to Alcester, South Dakota, in 2012. He was very proud of his home in town.

Harold loved his family, friends, farm, and faith. He always loved his dairy cows and other animals, especially dogs and chickens. He was still helping his son moving hay bales. He said sitting in the tractor made him feel like he was 21 again.

Harold is survived by his wife, Waverly, daughter, Rhonda (Arden) Wiksen of rural Hawarden, son, Brad (Shirley) Kleinhans of rural Hawarden, and daughter, Lisa (Rolf) Muldbakken of Sioux Falls. He had seven grandchildren, Greg (Marissa) Kleinhans, Megan (Michael) Weber, Hailey (Steve) Olson, Rachel (Bryan) Palmer, Blake Muldbakken, Wade (Sadie) Wiksen, and John (Stephanie) Wiksen; and five great grandchildren, with one on the way!


6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. ,Thursday, September 1, 2016
American Lutheran Church
1417 12th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

Prayer Service

7:30 p.m. ,Thursday, September 1, 2016
American Lutheran Church
1417 12th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

Funeral Service

2:30 p.m. ,Friday, September 2, 2016
American Lutheran Church
1417 12th Street Hawarden, Iowa 51023

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So sorry to see the obits about Mr. Kleinhans. He came often to the Hay Auction and was so cheerful. We could tell Brad loved taking him along. We extend our sympathy to his whole family and will pray that God will make His grace sufficient for your big loss.

Freida Vander Sluis Sep 1 2016 12:00 AM

Deepest sympathy to Waverly and all the loved ones he left behind. Cherish your memories of a life well lived.

Pat and Mary Sep 1 2016 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with all of Harold's family at this difficult time.
He was a great guy, and will be missed by many.
God Bless

Rick and Carol Salberg Sep 1 2016 12:00 AM

Harold, known as "Grandpa K" to me and my wife, Rachel, Harold's granddaughter, will be greatly missed. He was a kind person who loved his family and friends. I was fortunate enough to know Harold for six years and witness this love firsthand. Although I will miss Grandpa K's company, his legacy will live on through all of the family and friends he has positively influenced throughout his lifetime.

Bryan Palmer Aug 31 2016 12:00 AM