NORMAN DEAN KLEJCH
Norman Dean Klejch, 86, of Mount Ayr passed away Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at the Clearview Home in Mount Ayr. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 27 at the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr. Pastor Chris Conklin and Pastor Jim Morris officiated the service. Musicians were Doug Greene, David Greene and Darla Dolecheck. Honoray bearers were Ashley Nelson, Lindsey McClaran, Tiffany Kelley, Christopher Nelson, Allyson Huffman, Collin McClaran and Andrea Huffman. Burial will be at a later date at the Bohemian Cemetery near Diagonal. Memorials may be directed to the First Christian Church, Bohemian Cemetery or United Church of Diagonal building project. Online condolences may be left at www.watsonarmstrongfh.com.
Norman Dean Klejch was born January 30, 1928 in Diagonal, Iowa to Jerry Klejch and Lillian Sophia Jezek. He graduated from Diagonal High School in 1947 and also went to business college. On May 15, 1949 Norman was united in marriage to Doris Marguerite Pratt in the Tingley Methodist Church. To this marriage four children were born, Craig, Janelle, Sherri and Valerie. They lived on the family farm for 42 years in rural Diagonal. Norman farmed and worked for Farm Bureau Insurance for 20 years. He later owned and operated Klejch Insurance Agency for 30 years until retiring in August of 2013. Norman and Doris have spent the last 22 years in Mount Ayr. He was a member of the First Christian Church in Mount Ayr and Mount Ayr Lions Club. Norman also served on the Mount Ayr School Board for 20 years and past President of the Bohemian Cemetery Board.
Norman preceded in death by his parents and brother, LaVerne Klejch. Those left to cherish his memory are his wife of 65 years, Doris Klejch of Mount Ayr; one son, Craig Klejch of Diagonal; three daughters, Janelle (David) Huffman of Pella, Sherri (Randall) Nelson of Otley and Valerie (Dale) McClaran of Independence, MO; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.