Mark Leon Kleinkopf, 59, of Middletown, died at 2:50 p.m., Monday, July 8, 2019 at the Great River Hospice House, West Burlington.
Born November 14, 1959 in Burlington, Iowa. He was the son of Ralph and Eileen (Wilkerson) Kleinkopf.
On June 5, 1982 he married Tammy Wright. They had 2 children Jared and Jenna. They later divorced.
He was a member of Shinar Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Pleasant Grove.
Graduate of Danville High School in 1978. Mark was featured in the Who's Who among American High School students 1976-77. He was employed at Sirloin Stockade, Aldi Bakery and BNSF railroad. Mark completed his Machinist Apprentice on March 24, 1979.
He is survived by his parents Ralph and Eileen Kleinkopf, Danville, Iowa; two brothers; Ron (Mimi) Kleinkopf & family of Pine City, MN; David (Peggy) Kleinkopf and family of Danville, Iowa; two sisters; Karolyn (Bill) Crawford and family of Winfield, Iowa; Karen (Kirk) Soukup and family of Middletown, Iowa.
He was preceded in death by an infant sister Kimberly, grandparents; Fred and Fern Wilkerson, Leonard and Frances Kleinkopf.
According to his wishes cremation has been entrusted to Lunning Chapel.
A private graveside service is planned.
A memorial fund has been established in his name and may be sent to 416 S. 1st Ave., Danville, Iowa 52623.
I knew Mark from our days working on the railroad. We became acquainted when forced to move to Alliance Nebraska. We were friends from then on. We were work partners paired up to work on locomotives. Mark was 1 of the most intelligent machinists I knew. An expert on rebuilding locomotive mechanical systems. As a person he loved life, in some ways, too much. He was thoughtful, kind, funny, loved the outdoors, fishing, hunting, boating, good food, sports, and Oldsmobile Cutlass. He loved his family. Always talked about his mother, dad, brothers and sisters, with a respect and admiration. I respected him for that. That in itself told me where Mark came from. He loved his wife, he loved his children. He spoke of pride and deep concern about the quality of character his kids were showing . Loving them so much that he found it hard to find ways of letting them know. He didn't talk describing his feelings. He was in thought. You could se it on his face. Contemplating right wrong or indifferent. I know his life was troubled. He found what he thought was easier ways. He struggled as a result and it could develop into more personal hardships than he wanted. It was a side that has contributed more than any of us wanted for him. I will miss my friend until we meet again. I believe through our heavenly father and his unconditional love. Mark now has a place for peace and harmony.
So sorry to read of Mark's passing~thoughts and prayers for you all in this rough time...
Dawn (Wakefield) Hales & family
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