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Frederick Paul Kloepfer

Oct. 23, 1931 - Mar. 15, 2020

Frederick Paul Kloepfer, age 88, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 15, 2020, in Burley, Idaho. He was surrounded in the loving presence of his wife and his children and their spouses.

Fred was born October 23, 1931, in Logan, Cache Valley, Utah, to Frederick Joseph and Margaret Ann (Schaub) Kloepfer. He was a 1949 graduate of Logan High School.

Fred was a loving husband to Janet Balling for over 64 years. They were married in the Logan, Utah Temple of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on August 10, 1955, and are the parents of seven children, 37 grandchildren and almost 64 great-grandchildren. Their children by name and their spouses: Susan (Michael) Barclay, Karl (Nadine), Judy (Martin) Barclay, Dixie (Darian) VanGorkum, John (Suzanne), Paul, Larry (Holly).

Fred’s professional career started when he was 18 years old and spanned until he physically couldn’t go to work anymore. His life really was his work and Fred absolutely loved what he did. After he graduated high school, he worked for his father’s company, Kloepfer Sand and Gravel, in Logan, Utah. Just five years later, at the age of 23, he moved to Paul, Idaho to establish his own business, Kloepfer Concrete. Fred worked very hard and with the assistance of many great employees, built a business that currently employs and blesses many families in the community. In 1986, Kloepfer Concrete extended its ready-mix division to Twin Falls. Later, in 1998, the business made another expansion which included asphalt and paving now servicing the Magic Valley area.

Fred’s interests always revolved around his family. Together they loved to go boating, camping, hunting, snowmobiling and many other activities. If you ever sat down and had a conversation with Fred, the conversation would always go back to cars he has owned, how much he loved his beautiful wife and, of course, he could always talk about his business. Fred's membership in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints has always been an important part of his life and values.

Fred was preceded in death by his son, Paul Harold Kloepfer; granddaughter, Alisa Joy Kloepfer; parents, Frederick and Margaret Kloepfer; and siblings: Gladys, Eldon, Margaret, Anna Faye, Leona, Constance, Karl and Owen.

Fred is survived by his wife, Janet (Balling) Kloepfer; his six children; and his two sisters, Janice Blanchard and Geneva Manaton.

The family of Fred would like to thank the staff at Minidoka Home Health Care, Pomerelle Place and Harrison's Hope for the loving care that they gave to our husband and father.

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak and, by request of the Church and Government, the Kloepfer family will have a private viewing followed by burial at the Paul Cemetery. When permitted, a public memorial service will be held at the Paul Stake Center of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. All are invited to extend love and condolences through digital or other means. Arrangements are being handled by Rasmussen-Wilson Funeral Home of Burley and condolences may be submitted online at rasmussenfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, the Kloepfer family would like to direct all memorial contributions to Emma Krall who was born with congenital complications. Emma is a great-granddaughter of Fred and is the daughter of Rachael and Dustin Krall.

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Condolences for Frederick Paul Kloepfer

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From Jana Darrington :
Dear Janet and family,
You have my deepest condolences at the passing of your dear husband and father. He has left an amazing legacy in your wonderful family. Although a very successful businessman, he greatest accomplishment came from within the walls of your home with you, Janet, by his side. I have many memories of you from my youth and always love visiting when our paths cross. Please know I am thinking of you at this sad time.
From Debbie and Charles Edmondson:
Kloepfers, We are sorry to hear of Brother Kloepfer's passing. We always enjoyed seeing him and Janet when we visited with Charlie's mom, Vyonne Edmondson. We pray that each of you will feel the love of our Savior during the days ahead. May He be with you always.
From Al Barrus:
Fred was a dear friend and mentor. He will be missed by many in our community.
From Curtis Patterson:
I am sorry for your loss! Fred was always an awesome person, as are all the Kloepfers. What a blessing to know and associate with such a wonderful family! May the Lord comfort and bless your family at this time.
From Kirby Bright:
John, I am praying for you and your family during this difficult time. I had the pleasure of meeting your dad a few times as we grew up. He was always very kind and supportive of all of our activities! Blessings to you and your family!
From Bonnie Belliston:
We are sorry to hear of the passing of Fred. We know he is happy and well now but that doesn't stop the loss you feel at this time and in the coming days, months and years. We know he is close by all of you, helping you now in ways he could not while on this earth. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time! Joan Ashby and family
From Joleen Feltman:
So sorry for your loss. Can't begin to express the influence and guidance you showed me thru love and example. Will be eternally grateful for all your kindness.
From Gail Gillette:
Dear Janet ,
Fred was such a wonderful example to me ; such a good man who raised a beautiful family with you . I thank you both for being so wonderful and dear to me !
Love you both !
From Bernice Mallory Harris:
Dear Janet, I am sending you my heartfelt condolences. Because I have been there I know how hard it is. I remember when we were growing up and what great times we had with the kids in the neighborhood and the games we would play, what great friends all of us became. It is sad that time and distance cause us to lose touch with friends. I see Dixie once in a while and it is good to talk with her and catch up a little on how our lives are going. I pray the Lord with let you know you are loved and thought of and will send His love and comfort to you and your family in abundance as you grieve the loss of such and wonderful person.
From Kay Goodnight:
Great man & Family who helped develop Paul Idaho into a wonderful community! My thoughts & Prayers are with all of you
From Randy Judd:
Fred used to come into the Burley shop 2-3 times a day and we would have a discussion on several different subjects.
Like metal in the concrete floor, the different type of rock for uses and telling me about horse drawn wagons being used to haul products to the batch plant and using natural product from the horses in the product. We got along very well and I will miss his conversations.
I give my condolences to the family.
From Ida Ann (Locander) Batson:
Janet, I am so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. I stopped by Paul, Idaho a few years ago to visit my parents graves in the Paul Cemetery. I called you to inquire of my parents home. I always thought a lot of you and Fred. I give my heart felt condolences and wish you well with many good memories to you and your family.
From Sonya and Chris Balling:
Dear Aunt Janet and all of the Kloepfer cousins,
You are all such incredible humans, so full of love and generosity and kindness. That alone is such a great tribute to the type of father who you shared so many good years and memories with. Fred, Janet and all their kids have been such a great support to our little family over the course of our 32 year marriage, reaching out and supporting all of our struggles and our great milestones. So glad that families are forever and that we will always be a small part of your lives. Thank you for your Christlike examples to all who know and love you. I know the Lord is with you and will bless you all with peace and comfort. I hope you will find comfort also in the fond memories you have had together and that Fred is whole and well and watching over all his loved ones from heaven. Wish we could be there is person to express our care and condolences. He was a wonderful man and it was a blessing to have him in our lives.
From Pauline Mendenhall :
Sending my love Janet. You and Fred were a big influence in my folks life. Fred was their home teacher.
From Nancy J Peterson:
Mr. Kloepfer would come into The Frostop in Paul every afternoon. I worked there as a carhop in 1973 and he would always have a big smile and ALWAYS ordered the same thing....A rootbeer with no ice. He was a one of those customers that you never forgot...my sincere condolences to the family.
From Debbie (Moses) Anderson :
Growing up one house between us was great fun! Dad and Bryan were fixing or remodeling something or other and Fred was always there for Dad’s other projects.
Love to you and all your family, Janet. Dad, Mom and I enjoyed running into you at Edith’s while having a hamburger.
From Misty Bybee Page:
Losing both of my parents in the last 10 months (Ronda Buttars Bybee) has been a struggle for me. I am so glad that Great Uncle Fred will keep her company and that they will get much accomplished together. I did not know the Kloepfers extremely well, but I do know that they are a great family and will all support Great Aunt Janice in her time of loss. In behalf of the Bybee family in Oregon( Anna Fayes grandchildren) we would like to extend our condolences to you all and empathy as you try to heal that empty space in your hearts.
From Debbie (Moses) Anderson :
Growing up just one house between us was a fun time! I appreciated the example The Kloepfer family was in giving service. Janet, you were a great volleyball coach for us. Dad and Bryan were always close by to fix or remodel something. Love and prayers of comfort to all.
From Doug and Linda Brown:
Thank you for being wonderful examples to us. Our hearts and prayers are with you.
From Jack kloepfer:
Uncle Fred was a source of inspiration for us. I remember Dad (Eldon) telling the story about forgetting that Fred had one arm, and sending him to get the wheelbarrow in the orchard. Fred did not complain, and came back with the wheel barrow over his shoulder. That is the kind of person he was, and the kind of person I aspire to be because he was my uncle, and he showed us the way to work through any difficulty. I just wanted everyone to know that his memory is wide spread. We will share that memory around this part of the Kloepfer family at this time of his passing. A great man who pushed through great adversity, and is a shining example of what we can all become through his example.
From Teresa Lewis:
Thinking of you all and good memories of knowing Fred and family since I was a kid and in the 40 years Jim and I have lived here in the ward.Janet,we love you so and all of you.Praying for strength for you and a time soon to give you a hug.Jim,Teresa and family and Vyonne Edmondson
From Joni Axtell:
How I would love to see the reunion with my mother, ( Freds sister Faye) on the other side. The family he remembers and the ones he will get to know will be as vast as the stars in the heaven. What a thought, indeed.
Im so glad Janet has family close at hand. I really feel grateful for all the family of Uncle Fred. Amazing Group.
From Juanita Gutierez:
My thoughts and prayers go out to your family. It’s a bittersweet time to lose him, but to know you will reunite with him is such a great blessing.
From Geaniel Hurley:
I have always been proud and happy to be priveledg t belong to such a wonderful family. I have loved every minute I've shared with Fred and Janet. There haven't been enough of those minutes. Please take care of you and your family. We will all miss him but will get to see him again.
From Sherry Jacobia:
Larry and family my heart goes out to you. You are loved.
From Jean Freymiller:
Janet and Family _sending our condolences and love! you are great examples in our lives ! Garth and Jean Freymiller family
From Ray and Deanne Patterson, Family:
Ray and Deanne Patterson and family send their expression of thankfulness to know and have associated with the entire Kloepfer family. We know your feelings of having a father and husband leave your presence temporarily, but know a joyous reunion is ahead for all of you. May God bless you during this time in your lives that you may have comfort and love is our prayer for you.
From Huyen, Keith, Lamvi & Songlam:
Dear John, Suzanne & all the Kloepfers:
Your dad's good heart has stopped beating. His good soul ascended to heaven but his legacy will remain & his love will be with you all forever.
We can imagine how it is hard it is to lose your dad, can only see & talk to him in your dreams!
May God’s care and love as well as of those around you provide comfort and peace to get your family (your mom especially) & all the Kloepfer family through the days ahead. Please accept our heartfelt condolences.

From Charles & La Rae (Blacker) Thompson:
So many great memories of our youth, growing up in the Paul ward with your family. I remember you both so well as a beautiful couple starting out. Probably the only private swimming pool in Paul. Know we pray for and keep you in our hearts.
From Denny and Jan Davis:
Janet and Family,
Thank you for the love and friendship you, Fred and your children have shared with us over the years. Your kindness will be felt forever in our hearts. You and Fred taught your children well. Keep your bright smile and look forward to all of us being together again.
From Brenda:
Janet and family, our heartfelt prayers are with you. What a hard time to loose Fred. We have enjoyed our visits at Pomerelle Place. May the Lord bless and keep your family safe and comforted during this difficult time. Look forward to the memorial service at some future date. Our families have a lot of wonderful memories together. Brenda and Ralph Walquist, and family.
From Marilyn Blacker:
Janet and Family, I am so sorry to hear of Fred's passing. He was a wonderful man and I always enjoyed visiting with him. May you find peace and comfort with all the wonderful memories you have made with Fred. Sending my deepest sympathy and love to you. Marilyn Blacker
From Mandy-Marie Whiting Eldredge:
What a great man who is married to a wonderful woman. I have fond memories of being treated very kindly by Brother Kleopher. He has always been a gentle giant to me.
From Georgia Baker Schneider :
JANET & family Sending much love & prayers to U all
From Lonnie and Gay Downs:
For many years we enjoyed Fred's daily stops at Farmer's Corner. He was always a gentleman and so kind to us and all of our employees. He became a favorite! Our condolences to all of the Kloepfer family. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
From Lucille Wayment :
So sorry. You have taken such good care of him. Lov you.
From Rick Smyer:
I'm sure I speak for many of the youth that were supported at the County fair by Kloepher concrete each year. Thanks to your family and Ernie Stroubarr. Sorry for your loss.
From Nolan Thompson family:
Dear Janet and all family. We are sorry to hear the news about Fred...we have known you and your kids for years and loved you all.....love Nolan and Kathy
From Esteban Hernandez and family:
A great stalwart family in the community.! Condolences to the Kloepfer family, and to good friends the Barclay families.
From L & J Sager:
Sorry to hear of Fred’s passing. He was a great member of our community. My father, Ray Sager told me of the time Fred began his business adventure with Ernie as truck driver. Please accept our sincere condolences at this time.
From Mike Lafferty:
Sorry for the loss of a great man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family. From the Lafferty family

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