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Norman Klejch

January 30, 1928 marked the birth of Norman (Norm) Dean Klejch, son of Jerry and Lillian Klejch. Birthplace was the farm home southeast of Diagonal, Iowa. He was welcomed by an older brother, Laverne.
Norm grew to adulthood in the Diagonal community, attending the rural Fairview School and later graduating as valedictorian with the Diagonal High School class of 1947. After completing a 2 year accounting and business law course at Commercial Extension School of Commerce in Omaha, Nebraska, he secured employment in the accounting department of Union Pacific Railroad.
On May 15, 1949, he was united in marriage to Doris Pratt at the Tingley Methodist Church and they established their home in Omaha.
In 1950 they returned to their love of farming in Ringgold County. It was here they became parents of 4 children - Craig (1952), Janelle (1955), Sherri (1958), and Valerie (1962). To provide better for his family, Norm entered the insurance business with Ringgold County Farm Bureau in 1962 and served as agency manager for 20 years. During this period he excelled in sales performance and attained membership in the prestigious Royal Court of Honor.
After years of parenting and with the college education for their children almost complete, Norm and Doris decided to work together as business partners so Klejch Insurance Agency was established in 1982. Here, later joined by son, Craig, they enjoyed serving their clients for 30 years. In the fall of 2013, the business was sold and they began retirement.
Norm was a man with a zest for living who enjoyed interaction with clients and offered a helping hand whenever possible. He had keen business knowledge tempered with honesty and integrity and served his community in many ways throughout the years.
He was interested in education as evidenced by serving eight years on the Ringgold County Board of Education and as president of the Mt. Ayr Community School Board for 12 years. He was also a member of the Lions club, Mt. Ayr Manor Inc. Board, and also gave many years of service to the Diagonal Bohemian Cemetery Association (a position close to his heart affirming his Czech heritage).
Family was of the utmost importance to Norm. He stressed and encouraged excellence both to his children and grandchildren and they did not disappoint him. "Grandpa" was always cooking up a deal to go somewhere or do something with family and many special times are now treasured memories for all of us.
Norm is survived by his devoted wife of 65 years, Doris. He is also survived by his son Craig and daughters, Janelle (David) Huffman, Sherri (Randall) Nelson, and Valerie (Dale) McClaran. Seven grandchildren including Tiffany (Daniel) Kelley, Christopher Nelson, Ashley Nelson, Allyson Huffman, Andrea Huffman, Lindsey McClaran, Colin McClaran and two great-grandchildren, Madison and Emma Kelley. He is also survived by sisters-in-law June Stephens, Helen Mickelson and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents and brother.
Norm's faith was extremely important to him. Christian principles guided his life and that along with his love for family went hand in hand. These past months his strong faith sustained and supported him as he faced adversity with patience and courage. He will be greatly missed, although we rejoice that we will someday see him again. In his final hours, Norm often stated how blessed he had been to live 86 years and have such a wonderful and loving family as well as great neighbors and friends, and indeed to have lived such a wonderful life.
Private burial will be in the Diagonal Bohemian Cemetery at a later date.

  • Visitation With Family Present

    May 27, 2014
    9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

    First Christian Church

    201 W. Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA

  • Memorial Service

    May 27, 2014
    11:00 AM

    First Christian Church

    201 W. Monroe St
    Mount Ayr, IA


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Guestbook

To Doris and your family ~ I was saddened to hear of Norm''s passing. He was such a pillar in the community and made many lasting contributions to the Mt. Ayr area. The "Farm Bureau family" from many years ago still has a special place in my heart. Thinking of you and keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. ~ Marilyn

Posted by Marilyn (Busching) Triggs - Marion, IA   May 26, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

I was so sorry to hear of your dad''s passing. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Nancy Sefrit Brauch - Waukee, IA - friend of Janelle   May 26, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Deepest Sympathy to the Klejch family. Norman was a great man in our community and neighborhood. I''ll always remember when he came over to help me get the yard mowed the first time the summer after my father passed away. Very kind gentleman.

Posted by Mari Hughes - Mount Ayr, IA - neighbor   May 25, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

To the Entire Klejch Family, I give you my sincere thoughts during this difficult time. But to you Doris, I give so much more for your loss of Norm. 65 years of memories and companionship in both work and home is a loss very few can experience. My heart goes out to you, may GOD give you comfort in the days and weeks ahead. Deanna Kibbe Groves

Posted by Deanna Groves - Thayer, IA   May 24, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Sherri and family. Kurt and I would like you to know we are thinking of you

Posted by Wendy and Kurt Shaha - Mount Ayr, IA - friends   May 24, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Craig & Family -
Sorry to hear about your Dad. My thoughts are with you and your family at this time.
Vickie Butler Pierce
Friend & Classmate

Posted by Vickie Butler Pierce - Las Vegas (formerly of Bento, NV - Craig''s Friend, Class of ''71   May 23, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Doris,

So sorry to read about Norman passing away. My sincere, heartfelt prayers are with you. My deepest sympathy. Cherish your memories.

Posted by Muriel Johnston - Auburn, IL - Friend   May 23, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Dear Doris and Family,

My prayers are with you in this time of sorrow. Our family shares the loss of Norman as a member of our extended family. May you find comfort in the wonderful memories and legacy that he created.

Love,

Brenda McClaran Allen

Posted by Brenda McClaran Allen - Independence, MO - Sister of Son-in-Law   May 23, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Doris,
My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Katie and I have always enjoyed our relationship with you over these past 25 years. May God give you added strength.
Love,
Ray

Posted by Ray McClaran - Independence, MO   May 23, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

Valerie and family- My condolences and thoughts are with you.

Sharmin Pool
Tucson, AZ

Posted by Sharmin Pool - Tucson, AZ - Friend   May 22, 2014

Nov 30 0001 12:00 AM

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