Alfred Klipping

Alfred smiles, looking like he's half-way through telling a joke. He wears a red button-up and wire-rimmed glasses.

Alfred “Al” Klipping, age 86, of Waverly, formerly of Rake, passed away on Saturday, October 3, 2020 due to complications from dementia. There will be no services scheduled. Al’s family requests no flowers.

Alfred was born on June 30, 1934 in Washington. He was adopted as a young boy by George and Lillian Klipping. His mother passed away shortly after he was adopted, leaving his dad to raise him as a single parent. He lived on farms in Forest City and Rake and graduated from Rake High School in 1953.

He enlisted in the US Navy in 1956, spending his time as an aircraft mechanic. It was while he was stationed in New Jersey he met the love of his life. He and Doris Applegate were married on February 28, 1959, at McGuire Air Force Base in New Jersey. He was honorably discharged from the Navy in 1960.

He moved his young family from New Jersey to a farm in Winnebago County in 1960 and farmed it until 1985, raising three sons and a daughter. After he quit farming, he went to work at Southtown Lumber in Forest City. After retiring from there, he went to work at Forest City Ace Hardware, and when that was sold to Bomgaars; he continued working with them into his early 80s.

In 2002, they moved to Corwith. Doris lost a battle with cancer in 2010. Al moved to Waverly in 2018.

Al loved to fish and taking trips to Lake Superior North Shore with Doris. He was also one of the biggest fans of traditional (real) country music and also enjoyed listening to Polka music.

Left to cherish his memory are his four children: Michael (Corrinne) of Kiester, MN, Duane (Sandy) of Bristow, Joseph (Deb) of Ankeny, and Jennifer (Troy) Geraets of Solon; sister-in-law, Marion Adams of Jacksonville, NC; twelve grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Alfred was preceded in death by his wife, Doris; parents; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Carol and Steve Durboraw; brother-in-law, Bill Adams; and brother, Dale Jacobs.

 

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