Henry John Kleinow Jr.

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Henry John Kleinow Jr., 92, of Prairie du Chien, Wis., joined the Lord his Savior on Sunday, Dec. 18, at his home in Prairie du Chien, Wis. 


He was born on Sept. 6, 1924, in Marquette, to Henry and Elizabeth (Henry) Kleinow. Henry attended school in McGregor, graduating from high school in 1943. 


Henry joined the Navy Sea Bees in June 1943, and spent three years in the Pacific during World War II. After his honorable discharge, Henry met and married Betty Ann Johanningmeier on June 17, 1947, at St Paul Lutheran Church in McGregor. He was a faithful member of St. Paul, holding many offices throughout the years. Henry retired after working thirty-three years as a custodian for the Mar Mac Schools.


Henry and Betty spent summers camping with their six children, traveling to many states and Canada. Some of their favorite past-times were playing board games and cards with friends and family. They also enjoyed spending time in the winters with family in Arizona. One of the highlights of Henry’s later years was a Freedom Flight to Washington D.C. in May of 2014, accompanied by his son David. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, and friend and will be very much missed by all of us. 


He is survived by his wife, Betty of sixty-nine years; five sons, Paul, of Phoenix, Ariz., Brian (Debra), of Ottawa, Kan., David (Terri), of Harpers Ferry, Mark (Alice), of Marquette, and Rick (Melissa), of Wichita, Kan.; one daughter, Diane (Tim), of Phoenix, Ariz.; eleven beloved grandchildren, Clint (Jill) Kleinow, Kelly (Paul) Chaponniere, Adam (Valerie) Kleinow, Peter Kleinow, Melissa (Zachary) Clarke, Katie (John) Hackman, Lan (Brenda) Kleinow, Nicole (Mike) Patterson, Jeremiah, Kristin, and Kara Riley. Also ten great-grandchildren with one on the way. Henry is further survived by a brother, Raymon (Ruth). of Monticello, and a sister, Geraldine Edwards, of Northwood, and many nieces and nephews. 


Henry was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Marsha Lynn; a grandson, Timothy David Kleinow; his parents, Henry and Elizabeth; sisters, Pauline Westphal, Mary Nesvik, and Harriett Calkins. 


Visitation will be Thursday, Dec. 22, from 4 to 7 p.m. at Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, McGregor, and one hour before services at the church on Friday. Funeral Services will be at 11 a.m. on Friday, Dec. 23,  at St. Paul Lutheran Church, McGregor, with Rev. Andrew Preus as the Officiant. Burial will follow at Pleasant Grove Cemetery, McGregor, with Military Rites. Thornburg-Grau Funeral Home and Cremation Service, McGregor, Iowa is helping the family with the arrangements.

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