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Roman Otto Kloewer, son of Frank and Anna (Rau) Kloewer, was born December 28, 1927 near
Westphalia, Iowa. He was baptized and confirmed at St. Boniface Catholic Church in
Westphalia. He attended grade school at St. Boniface Catholic School in Westphalia and
graduated from Sts. Peter and Paul High School in Defiance, Iowa with the class of 1946.
After high school, Roman farmed and later enlisted into the United States Army in 1951.
During his service, he served one year in Korea and later at Camp Atterbury in Indiana
until his honorable discharge on October 23, 1952. Upon returning home, Roman continued
farming and was later united in marriage to Kathleen M. Stephany on February 16, 1954 at
St. Mary's Catholic Church in Panama, Iowa. They began farming in the Manilla, Iowa
area and later moved to Kathleen's family farm southeast of Panama where they have
since resided. In addition to farming, Roman drove truck for Panama Transfer, Cogdill Farm
Supply and G & R Feed and Grai!
n. He was a longtime member of St. Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church in
Panama. He was very active in not only his church with the Knights of Columbus but also on
the St. Mary's School Board and Parish Council. He was a member of the Panama
Community Club and was honored as Farmer of the Year in 1977. Roman served on the Panama
Volunteer Fire Department, Panama Develop-ment, as a Washington Township Trustee for
eighteen years and was a former president of the Rosman Glendale Golf Course. He also was
a 51 year member of the American Legion Post No. 601 of Panama, Iowa and served as a past
Roman died on Wednesday, February 16, 2005 their 51st wedding anniversary, at Clarkson
Hospital in Omaha, Neb., having attained the age of seventy-seven years, one month and
nineteen days. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his son, Jerry and
his brother, Eugene who died while serving in World War II. He is survived by his wife
Kathleen Kloewer of Panama, Iowa; his children, Ron Kloewer and his wife Kathy of Red Oak,
Iowa, Sharon and her husband Richard Freeman of Council Bluffs, Iowa, Lois and her husband
Rod Riessen of Harlan, Iowa, Gina and her husband Allen Hoffmann of Panama, Iowa, Denis
Kloewer and his wife Christine of Panama, Iowa and Jill and her husband Larry Wendt of
Lincoln, Neb.; ten grandchildren, Marc Freeman, Sarah Kloewer, Ashley Freeman, Laura
Kloewer, Katie Hoffmann, Megan Freeman, Anna Riessen, Amanda Hoffmann, Faith Riessen and
Elizabeth Riessen; his brothers and sisters, Rita Leinen of Portsmouth, Iowa, Sr. Frances
Kloewer of Earli!
ng, Iowa, Stella Bexten of Manilla, Iowa, Marie Block-Smith of Dunlap, Iowa, Margaret and
her husband Raphael Grote of Dunlap, Iowa, Gerald Kloewer and his wife Pauline of Harlan,
Iowa, Charles Kloewer and his wife Rosemary of Mapleton, Iowa and Michael Kloewer and his
wife Marlys of Manilla, Iowa; nieces and nephews other relatives and many friends.
Mass of Christian Burial was held on Saturday, February 19, 2005 at 10 a.m. at St.
Mary's of the Assumption Catholic Church in Panama, Iowa with Rev. John Dorton as the
celebrant. Serving as Honorary Casket Bearers were Keith Jensen, Kenny Pauley, Jerry
Waltz, Don Keane, and Leonard Rau. Serving as casket bearers were Bob Theulen, Eugene
Monson, Bob Huebert, Marc Freeman, Dick Sorensen and Phil Wegner. Military rites were by
the American Legion Post No. 601 of Panama, Iowa and interment was in St. Mary's
Cemetery in Panama, Iowa. Pauley Jones Funeral Home in Harlan, Iowa was in charge of
Respectfully submitted for other researchers
©The Dunlap Reporter 2005