|Ronald L. Klopfenstein|
|Wednesday, December 25, 2013 9:00 PM|
Ronald L. Klopfenstein, 75, mayor of the Village of Elida, passed away Monday afternoon at the St. Rita’s Medical Center surrounded by his loving family.
His Family… Ronald was born April 11, 1938, in Anna to Ernest and Mae (Wrigley) Klopfenstein, who preceded him in death. On Aug. 25, 1956, he married Loretta (Bell) Klopfenstein, who survives in Elida.
Ron is also survived by his children, Kim (Jim) Kline of Lakeview, Kurt (Pam) Klopfenstein of Huber Heights and Kent Klopfenstein of Ada; 12 grandchildren, Jace Metzner, Zach Metzner, Meghan Coil, Trevor Kline, Ronnie Milam, Jeremy Klopfenstein, Matthew Klopfenstein, Da’Oshia Klopfenstein, Da’Laquan Klopfenstein, Elicia Ross, Evanne Klopfenstein and Trey Klopfenstein; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Harold (Bev) Klopfenstein of Jackson Center and Russell (Linda) Klopfenstein of Beavercreek; and a son-like friend, Joe Wells.
He was also preceded in death by his daughter, Karen Milam; and a grandson, Jonathon Klopfenstein.
His Legacy… Ron graduated from Anna High School in Shelby County; went to Ohio Northern studying engineering; was an operator of heavy equipment at K&P Construction and then Degan Excavation, where he retired; was superintendent for a local construction company; mayor of the village of Elida; president of Division II of Bulldog Club of America; president of the Buckeye Bulldog Club; and show chairman for local and national shows BCA. He joined Elida Community Fire Company, Inc., as a volunteer firefighter, became an EMT with the fire company and later an EMT Advanced, starting IVs and defibrillation, and certified arson investigator through the state. Ron held various offices in the fire company and had been chairman of the board of directors of the fire company. He was a member of the Delphos Eagles Aerie 471, was an avid Buckeye fan and followed surrounding local sports accompanied by his wife.
His Farewell Services… A celebration of his life will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Elida, Rev. Paul Scannell officiating. A luncheon will immediately follow the service at the church fellowship hall with burial to follow at Pearl Cemetery, Sidney.
Visitation will be from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Sunday at Strayer Funeral Home, 1840 E. Fifth St., Delphos, and for one hour prior to services Monday at the church.
Memorial Contributions… Memorials may be made to the Hope Lodge at the Cleveland Clinic or the St. Rita’s Oncology Department.
Online condolences may be shared at www.strayerfuneralhome.com.