Harlan Kleihauer

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Posted: Wednesday, July 31, 2019 1:40 pm

Harlan Harold Kleihauer, 61, of Elk Point died in an automobile accident July 17, 2019.

Funeral service was Tuesday, July 23, 2019 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron. Burial was at Riverside Cemetery in Akron. Expressions of sympathy may be expressed to the family through www.rexwinkelfh.com.

Harlan Kleihauer was the second child born to Harold and Eldora Kleihauer July 24, 1957 in Akron. He graduated from Akron-Westfield High School in 1975 and worked as a hired man. He later was employed with Alkota in Alcester and Load King in Elk Point. He married Mary Goodrich in 1980 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Akron. They rented a farm west of Akron and in 1985, were able to purchase the farm. As his kids grew, he made it a priority to support them by attending any school or sports activities they were involved in.

Mr. Kleihauer took a night shift job at Wells Blue Bunny in Le Mars, IA. In February 2005, while heading to work one night, he hit a patch of black ice and rolled his car into a field. The accident left him paralyzed from his chest down, but he was determined to keep working on the farm. Using a cherry picker and harness, Mr. Kleihauer was able to get into tractors and help his son farm for several years.

Survivors include his children, Kevin Kleihauer of Elk Point and Sarah (Dean) Mormann of Bloomfield, NE; his ex-wife, Mary Kleihauer of Hawarden; his brother, Gordon (Rita) Kleihauer of Akron; his sister, Audrey (Bob) Hubner of Pipestone, MN; his brother-in-law, Ron Thompson of Sioux City; his aunts, Donna Kleihauer of Le Mars and Lois Cotton of Rantoul, IL; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents; his sister, Ardith Thompson; two uncles, Delmer and Kenneth; and his cousin, Roger Kleihauer.