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Willard Kleinsasser

Willard Kleinsasser obituary photoWillard Kleinsasser, 83, of Carpenter, died Tuesday, November 29, 2011, at SunQuest Healthcare Center.  His funeral service was at 2 PM Friday, December 2nd, at the Living Hope Alliance Church with Rev. Abel Rios officiating.  Burial was in the Restlawn Memory Gardens Cemetery. 

Willard D. Kleinsasser was born February 2, 1928, to David and Susie (Unruh) Kleinsasser on a farm near Onida.  He attended country school in Onida.  At the age of nine, the family moved to a farm northeast of Huron in Beadle County where he finished his education.  He was baptized on December 4, 1948, and became a member of the Huron Seventh-Day Adventist Church.

He married Delores Wipf, daughter of David and Anna (Hofer) Wipf, on November 10, 1949.  They owned and operated a farm southeast of Cavour for thirty-five years.  During that time, he was also employed at Armour and Company for twenty-eight of those years.  In 1990, Willard and Delores retired and moved to Huron.  She passed away June 8, 1994.  In November 1996, he married Verna Hofer of Carpenter.

He was an active member of the Huron Seventh-Day Adventist Church.  He served on the Huron Area Senior Center Nutrition Board and the RSVP Board.  Willard enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his first wife, Delores; one sister, Verna Hein; and one brother, Ruben Kleinsasser. 

Grateful for having shared his life are his wife, Verna of Carpenter; one daughter, Bonnie (Don) Rasmussen of Spangle, Washington; three grandsons, Jeremy (Susie) Wiedemann of Bozeman, Montana, Shane (Barb) Wiedemann of Ridgecrest, California and Seth Wiedemann of Berrien Springs, Michigan; five great-grandchildren, Paul, Miriam and Evelyn Wiedemann of Ridgecrest, California, and Isaac and Ethan Wiedemann of Bozeman, Montana; four step-children, LuAnn (John) Clarke of Mitchell, Gary Hofer (Elaine Ledet) of Lake Byron, Sherry (Richard) McGillvrey of Wolsey, and Vicky (Al) Chancellor of Ramsey, Minnesota; nine step-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Ervin (Irene) of Huron and Jerome (Shirley) of Huron; and one sister, Annie (Robert) Oswald of Huron. 

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