Gordon L. Klopfenstein

  • Died: May 30, 2019
  • Location: Fort Wayne, Indiana

D O McComb and Sons - Pine Valley

1320 East Dupont Rd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46825

Tel. (260) 426-9494

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Gordon L. Klopfenstein, 86, died on May 30, 2019. He was born on Oct. 11, 1932, in Angola, Ind. to Rev. Joseph and Mary Klopfenstein. The majority of his childhood was spent in Michigan. He graduated from Manual High School in Peoria, Ill. in 1950, attained a Bachelor's degree from the Fort Wayne Bible College in 1954 and a Master's from IU in 1960. He was a teacher, school administrator and lay minister for over 30 years. He was married to the late Ruth Inniger Klopfenstein from 1957-1966, and to Ethel Schlatter Klopfenstein from 1967-present. His many interests included poetry, camping, music, traveling and visiting family.
Gordon is survived by his wife Ethel: children Joe (Nancy) Klopfenstein, Corvallis, OR, Dan (Judy) Klopfenstein, Fort Wayne, Ann (Tina) Klopfenstein, Indianapolis, David (Karol) Klopfenstein, Brooklyn, NY, Mike (Heather) Klopfenstein, Indianapolis; seven grandsons; and siblings Barbara King, Columbus, Ind., and David Klopfenstein, Muskegon, Mich. Gordon was preceded in death by his parents, first wife Ruth and sister Carolyn Johnson.
Funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 4, 2019 at Agape Church of the Brethren, 11610 Lima Road, Fort Wayne, with visitation one hour prior.
Visitation will also be held on Monday, June 3 from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at D.O. McComb and Sons Pine Valley Funeral Home, 1320 E. Dupont Rd. Fort Wayne. Memorial contributions may be made to Heifer International (www.heifer.org).


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Condolence & Memory Journal

Gordon and his family was a very important part of my childhood, both at Aldersgate and at Aboite. May the Peace of Christ be with him and the entire family.

Posted by Steve Evans - Warren, MI - Family Friend   June 05, 2019

Dear Ethel & Family,

I'm so sorry to hear of Gordon's passing. Thinking of you all and sending love.

Kendra (Sousley) Mellinger

Posted by Kendra (Sousley) Mellinger - Thousand Oaks, CA - Family Friend   June 05, 2019

Our thoughts are with Ethel and all of the family at this time as you gather together to remember Gordon. May God bless you all.
This message comes with special love from Iris and Peter and all their family in Auckland, New Zealand.

Posted by A friend   June 03, 2019

Mike,Joe,Ann, Dan and Dave. We are so sorry to hear about the death of your father this week. Orvil let us know fairly promptly. Gordon welcomed us very warmly to his and Ethel's home when we were in Fort Wayne in 2004 and he was so pleased to share with us the Amish heritage he was familiar with. We had a great time reconnecting with our American heritage and he played a part in that. We met some of you at that time and our memories are precious. May God sustain you all at this time. John and June Fritschi, my parents, join with us as able in sending our condolences. With our love and prayers.

Posted by Ariadne and Dennis Fountain - Wellington, New Zealand   June 03, 2019

I AM SADDEN AT THE PASSING OF GORDON KLOPFENSTEIN AS HE WAS A TEACHER OF MINE IN SCHOOL BUT MORE IMPORTANT, HIS LAY MINISTERY AT ALDERSGATE UMC IN MY YOUTH LEFT ME WITH FOND MEMORIES OF THE MAN. HE WAS CLOSE FRIEND OF OUR FAMILY AS MY DAD ALWAYS HAD A GOOD WORD FOR HIM. TIME AND DISTANCE SEPARATED US BUT IT WAS THE LAST TIME I SAW GORDON WAS JUNE 1, 2002 AT MY FATHER FUNERAL. HIS WARMTH WAS COMFORTING. TO HIS FAMILY MAY THE MEMORIES OF HIM OF HIS COMFORT DURING THIS TIME OF GRIEF.

Posted by WILLIAM EVANS - Chesapeake, VA   June 03, 2019

Dan and family,
I was saddened to hear of your father's death. I'm holding you in prayer as you deal with this difficult time.

Posted by Kathy Beatty - Fort wayne, IN   June 02, 2019


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