Emil Klepel, Jr.

August 17, 1947-June 16, 2017


Service: Memorial services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Grand Valley Lutheran Church, Canton, SD

Emil Klepel- paper          Emil Peter Klepel, Jr., 69, passed away June 16, 2017 at his home in Canton.  Memorial services will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2017 at Grand Valley Lutheran Church, Canton, SD.

          Emil was born on August 17, 1947 in Canton, SD to Emil and Iva Irene (Hemstock) Klepel.  He attended school in Canton, graduating in 1965.

          At the age of 16, Emil started working after school at Otis Radio continuing until they closed.  He began working for the Canton Good Samaritan Society as a CNA in August of 1974 until retiring for health reasons in August of 2003.

          Emil loved dogs, he was never without one, growing flowers, and traveling.  For many summers, he would load up his van with family and friends and travel the United States, Canada, and Mexico.

          Grateful for having shared his life are his sisters, Bonnie (LeRoy) Hemmer, Madison, SD and Erma Jean Thompson, Canton; along with numerous nieces, nephews, and friends.    Emil was preceded in death by his parents, sisters, Karen Farnsworth and Charlotte O’Brien; brothers-in law, Louis O’Brien and Donald Farnsworth; and niece, Brandy Wahl.

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  1. I was saddened to hear of Emil’s passing. We have such good memories of him. At the top of the list is the compassionate care he gave to both my parents at Good Samatitan. How much they enjoyed the Christmas parties at his home. He meant a lot to many in the Canton community.

  2. I was so sorry to hear about the passing of Emil. He was always such a kind soul and whenever I would see him he would always ask me about my mom and our family. I remember when Emil and his family would always have Christmas parties at there home and invited my mom and the staff at the Good Sam Home. They also would decorate their home with so many pretty Christmas lights in their front yard. My deepest sympathy to the family and Rest In Peace Emil.

  3. My condolences to the family. I remember him from high school. He was a very kind soul. I was proud to call him my friend. Although I have not seen him in all these years, I have thought of him often. Rest In Peace Emil.

  4. I remember Emil, very nice person. I haven’t seen him in 45 years but I wanted to express my sympathy to his family and friends. He will always be remembered by all his friends from when we were kids. Rest in peace Emil.

  5. My Uncle Junior was a great man who loved dogs and planting flowers. He always made my Grandma yard so beautiful every spring n summer. I remember when I was very young girl he has a beautiful blue Mustang 1965 I believe. He adored that car he always took me and my sisters for rides in it. He really was a big help to my Grandma when my Grandpa died. I have lots of good memories if my favorite uncle. I will forever miss you and will never forget you. So glad you are seeing Grandma Grandpa Karen n Charlotte

  6. We are so sorry to hear about the loss of Emil. We were lucky to call him our neighbor for the last 5 years. Had some good conversations over the fence about dogs. He shared that passion with us. We will miss seeing him on his daily walks up the side walk with Fluffy.

  7. So saddened to hear of Junior’s passing. I was so glad to have had such a nice visit with him at my Dads visitation and funeral. He was such a nice person, and loved all of those nieces and nephews like they were his own children. He was telling me about his “DAD” ring that he was wearing, and the meaning behind it….very special ! He is having a beautiful reunion in Heaven right now, but will certainly be missed ! Rest In Peace Jr.