Deloris M. Klemm, 81, of Kellogg, died on Monday, September 2, 2019, at Newton Health Care Center. A funeral mass will be held at 11:00 a.m., Monday, September 9, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton. The family will greet friends from 4-6 p.m., Sunday, September 8, at the Wallace Family Funeral Home and Crematory. Memorials to the Kellogg Township Fire Department or the Kellogg Historical Museum may be left at the funeral home or the church the day of the service.
Deloris, the daughter of Leo and Vera Ruth (Shanklin) Perin, was born on September 30, 1937 in Collins, Iowa. She grew up in the Maxwell and Baxter area; graduating from Baxter High School in 1955. On April 16, 1966, Deloris was united in marriage with Louis Klemm at the Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Newton. They made their home on the farm north of Kellogg for 53 years. Deloris worked for the Vernon Company, First Newton National Bank, and the City of Newton prior to becoming a homemaker in 1967. Deloris stayed home raising the couples’ two children, Regina and Anthony until returning to work as an Ag Programs Specialist for the Jasper County FSA office in 1984. She retired in 2002.
Deloris was a member of the Neighborly Neighbors Club with the Jasper County Farm Bureau, Kellogg PTA, Kellogg Historical Society, Barrett Homemakers Club, and the Sacred Heart Catholic Church. She was an amazing cook and loved teaching her grandchildren to make pies and cookies. Her potato salad was also the best around. Deloris and Louis also enjoyed traveling, going out to eat, and playing cards with family and friends. She was a loving and devoted wife, mom, grandma, great-grandma, sister, and friend.
Deloris is survived by her husband, Louis Klemm of Kellogg; daughter, Regina (Todd) Lenz of Kellogg; son, Anthony (Andrea) Klemm of Des Moines; grandchildren, Jarica White, Aidan Klemm, David Klemm, Leo Klemm, Nate (Haleigh) Lenz, Abbey (Sam) Bro, and Courtney (Trent) Albee; her great-grandchildren, Ainsley, Cooper, Rylee, and Grahm; sister, Betty Krough of Marshalltown; sister-in-law, Mary Klemm of Kellogg; many special nieces and nephews; and her honorary “kids”. She was preceded in death by her parents; a daughter-in-infancy, Angela Renee Klemm; sister, Dorothy Hulin; brother-in-law, Jim Klemm; and sister-in-law, Mary F. Klemm.