Atkinson — Larry Louis Kliment, 73, of Atkinson died Friday, Aug. 30, 2019 at West Holt Memorial Hospital in Atkinson.
Visitation was held Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 at Seger Funeral Home in Atkinson with a prayer service.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Atkinson. Frs. James Weeder and Luke Steffes officiated. Music was provided by organist Sharie Flannery and singer Bonnie Krysl.
Pallbearers were Todd and Brian Sullivan, Darin Kliment, Jeff Beddow, Jon Wolf and Jace Dredge.
Burial was in the Woodlawn Cemetery in Atkinson with military rites provided by Farley-Tushla American Legion Post 86 in Atkinson.
Memorials may be made to the family for future designation.
Larry was born on May 29, 1946 to Louis Frank Jr. and Lillian (Vavak) Kliment in Atkinson. He was the oldest of five children and was born on the family farm. Larry lived on the farm for his entire life, with the exception of nearly three years that he spent in the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers. He enlisted on Jan. 1, 1966 and was later discharged on Nov. 16, 1968.
On March 3, 1973, he was married to Kathleen "Kathy" Torpy. To this union three daughters were born.
Larry was devoted to his family, always including his wife and kids in his activities. Checking the systems in the evening was always a family event. In more recent years, he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren.
He was inquisitive and approached many problems with an engineer’s mind. He picked up many items at auctions and redesigned them into unique objects. Larry viewed a mistake as an opportunity to learn something new. He always put forth his best effort and appreciated others doing the same. Larry’s intelligence, kindness, honesty, level-headedness and work ethic guided him throughout his life. He was always willing to lend a helping hand to family, friends or neighbors.
Many organizations benefitted from Larry’s common-sense approach. Larry was a board member for Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service (ASCS), Rural Electrification Administration (REA) and School District 102. He was a long-time Knights of Columbus (member and an American Legion member serving as Post 86 and Holt County commanders. He held a private pilot’s license.
Larry is survived by his wife Kathy; three daughters Karen (Aaron) Thompson of McCook, Linda (Eddie) Irani of Wichita, KS and Rhonda (Matt) Ketteler of Atkinson; five grandchildren Mitchell, Claire and Marshall Thompson and Nathaniel and Catarina Ketteler; three sisters Sharon (Gary) Sullivan of Martinsburg, Jeanette (Roger) Weller of Emmet and Susan (Jerry) Myers of Stuart; one sister-in-law Janet Garwood Kliment of Atkinson; 13 other brothers- and sisters-in-law; and 25 nieces and nephews.
He was preceded in death by his parents; one brother Dennis Kliment; two sisters-in-law Jeanette (Wasson) Kliment and Diane (Schramm) Torpy and one niece Laura (Kliment) Martinson.