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John Kloepfer

John “Nate” Kloepfer, 85, of rural Carey, passed away at 5:25 p.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at ProMedica Toledo Hospital in Toledo with family by his side.
Born Jan. 13, 1937, he was the son of Fred and Jennie (Beck) Kloepfer. He married Linda Gardner on Aug. 9, 1958, at Grace United Methodist Church in Carey. Linda survives at their home near Carey. The two of them enjoyed taking drives throughout the countryside to check out everyone’s crops and in later years jumping on the golf cart to visit their nearby family.
Nate graduated from Carey High School in 1955. He served his country in the Army National Guard. He worked for 10 years at Hancor in Findlay, but everyone knew Nate as a farmer. He and Linda ran Kloepfer Farms for years, which included raising chickens.
Nate was a member of the Findlay Moose and was affiliated with Grace United Methodist Church.
His 11 children, 43 grandchildren and 65 great-grandchildren kept him very busy, especially when it came to their sports. Nate loved watching them compete. Nate was an avid fan of the Vanlue Wildcats, as well as the Yankees, Detroit Lions and Buckeyes.
He will be dearly missed by his 11 children, Kathy (Mike) Wisner of Alvada, Sherry (Robert) Brooks of Vanlue, Cindy (Kenneth) Walerius of Vanlue, John (Sally) Kloepfer of Vanlue, Jeff Kloepfer of Vanlue, Jim (Mary) Kloepfer of Westerville, Jerry (Traci) Kloepfer of Vanlue, Joel (Joezette) Kloepfer of Vanlue, Jason (Kelli) Kloepfer of Vanlue, Jeremy (Amy) Kloepfer of Vanlue and Jennifer Kloepfer of Findlay. His 43 grandchildren and 65 great-grandchildren knew him as “Dandy.” He is also survived by six siblings, Freddie (Sue) Kloepfer of Michigan, Ethel Heilman of Marion, Bob Kloepfer of Vanlue, Roger (Sharon) Kloepfer of Carey, Lucy (Keith) Pahl of Carey and Chris (Brett) Greer of Michigan.
Nate was preceded in death by his parents; infant brother, Raymond Kloepfer; a granddaughter; two sisters in-law, Norma Jean Kloepfer and Susan Kloepfer; and a brother-in-law, Ronald Heilman.
Friends will be received from 2-8 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28, at Stombaugh-Batton Funeral Home in Carey and one hour prior to the service on Monday at the church. The funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29, at Grace United Methodist Church in Carey, with the Rev. Cynthia Morrison and the Rev. Loran Miracle co-officiating. Burial will follow at Zion Bloom Cemetery near Vanlue.
Memorial contributions may be made to the Vanlue Community Organization or Vanlue Athletic Boosters and sent to the funeral home.
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