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Joseph "Joe" A. Klumpe

Born: Tue., Mar. 1, 1932
Died: Sun., Apr. 12, 2020


Family to do services at later date


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          Joseph A. Klumpe, age 88, of Chesterton IN, passed away peacefully on April 12, 2020 surrounded by his loving family. 

 

          Joe was born on March 1, 1932 in Lafayette, IN, to Herman and Margaret Klumpe, who preceded him in death. He is survived by his wife, Jolanta Klumpe of Chesterton, IN and his sons, Michael (Barbara) Klumpe of Valparaiso, IN and John (Amber) Klumpe of Valparaiso, IN. He is also survived by his siblings: David (Jeanine) Klumpe, Tom (Cheryl) Klumpe,  Mary Ann (Richard) Pratch and Rita Pitman, all of Lafayette, IN; Dorothy Neumuller of Connecticut; his step-son Dainius (Diana) Ignatova, England; and by his 14  grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.  

 

          He was preceded in death by his first wife, Dorothy (Mell) Klumpe; his daughter, Jay Lee Beschinski; son, Steve Klumpe; and grandson, Jacob Beschinski. 

 

          Joe proudly served his country in the National Guard and attended Liberty Bible Church. He retired from NIPSCO after 32 years as Supervisor of Electric Operations, Valparaiso District. He enjoyed collecting and working on classic cars.  Joe was a member and an original founder of the Atomic Stock Club, and was an avid fisherman. He will always be remembered as the guy who could figure out and fix just about anything, and was willing to work hard to solve any problem. 

 

          Memorial donations may be sent to Ascera Care Hospice, 808 Vale Park Rd. #200 Valparaiso, IN 46383 or to St. Agnes Day Services Center, 1859 Harrison Blvd, Valparaiso, IN 46385.

 

          A Celebration of Life will be held at a later date and will be announced.

 

          Professional arrangements are entrusted to the White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, IN. Memories may be shared at: www.whitelovefuneralhome.com

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Barbara Bolesch
   Posted Wed April 15, 2020
Dear Mike and John--Very sorry to read about your dad in today's Chesterton Tribune. My late husband George and I moved to Wake Robin in 1965, within a couple months of your parents. As couples, we met at a bridge party at Lois and Bob Reeves' house and did many things together over the years. Your dad was an exceptionally nice man and a fine friend and neighbor. My condolences to the two of you and to your families.
Truly, Barbara Bolesch

Walter J Boehm
   Posted Thu April 16, 2020
Mike and John, I first met your Mom and Dad when I was dating Jay back in the late 1960's. They were two of the nicest people I have ever met. On occasion I would see your Dad out in the yard while going down Indian Boundary and would stop for a chat. Those chats usually wound up being a long conversation. I am so sorry to hear of the passing of this incredible man.

Ron Shaner
   Posted Mon May 11, 2020
Dear Family,

My deepest sympathy and prayers for your family.
I had the privilege of working with Joe for over 20 years at the NIPSCO Training Center. He was always kind, considerate, and a great man to work with. I respected his knowledge and always appreciated his counsel. Early in our association there were several times when his humor was used to admonish an impertinent and brash young man (me),
Ron Shaner

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