Don Perry Klepzig
Rev. Don Perry Klepzig 82 years old of Shumway, Illinois died at 3:10 pm early Wednesday Afternoon February 26, 2020 at the HSHS St. Anthony Memorial Hospital, Effingham, Illinois after being a patient for a short time.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:30 AM Wednesday Morning March 11, 2020 in the St. Paul ELCA Lutheran Church, Altamont, Illinois with Bishop John Roth of Springfield, Rev. Craig Corbin of Mt. Olive of Lake Havasu, Arizona Lutheran Church and Rev. Gary Ryden officiating, from the Central Southern Illinois Synod.
Visitation will be from 10:30 am until 11:30 Wednesday March 11, 2020 at St. Paul ELCA Lutheran Church Altamont.
Family Burial Rites will follow Thursday March 12, 2020 at 11:00 am in the Trinity Lutheran Church Cemetery, Shumway, Illinois. Kull Funeral Home is assisting the family. Online condolences may be expressed at
Don was born on May 27, 1937 at St. Anthony's Hospital, Effingham, Illinois into the Christian family of Henry and Dorothy Rentfrow-Klepzig. On November 27, 1975 he married Patricia Dorothy Czyzewski at Trinity Lutheran Church in Shumway by Rev. Ron Warren.
Don was raised in the Shumway Community, near Altamont in Effingham County. Don was a Husband, Dad, Stepdad, Brother, Uncle, Lutheran Minister and so much more. He took in 6 foster children at once when he already had 3 biological children. He was a cop, a teacher, an insurance agent, a real estate agent but loved most of all being a pastor for 35 years. He served as a mission builder in Benton, Illinois, Faith Lutheran then Zion Lutheran in LaMoille, Illinois, Calvary Lutheran in New Windsor, Illinois. He then went onto studying for chaplaincy at St. Luke's Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri. He then served Community Hospital systems in Fresno, California serving as Hospice Chaplain for 5 years. He has completed over 20 interims serving a variety of churches from California, Las Vegas and Illinois. He served as a Chaplin for the Civil Air Patrol an auxiliary of the US Airforce in Las Vegas, NV. In Illinois he served churches in Shelbyville, St. Paul ELCA Altamont, St James, Vandalia, St. Paul, Hillsboro, Wares Grove and Redeemer Centralia.

Don had an extraordinary ability to insert humor in most situations, especially when preaching his homily during services loved his Ole and Lena jokes. He loved his family and his church.

Don is survived by his wife and 5-Sons: Kendall (wife, Ina) Marlow of Conifer, Colorado; Kier (wife, Lisa) Klepzig of Newton, Georgia; Ben (wife, Amy) Klepzig of Lake Mills, Wisconsin; Dave (wife, Cedes) Klepzig of Zion, Illinois, and Michael (wife, Debbie) Fenelon of East Lansing, Michigan. 1-Daughter: Michelle (Chuck) Fenelon of Woodward, Iowa. Brother Dwight (wife, Katherine) Klepzig of Shumway, Illinois. Daughter-in-law Sandy Klepzig of Las Vegas.

12 Grandchildren, and 6 Great Grandchildren-several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his Parents: Henry and Dorothy, Son: Scott Klepzig, Brother: Henry in Infancy,

Memorials may be made to the Wartburg Theological Seminary, 333Wartburg Place,
Dubuque, Iowa, 52003, and or the donor's choice.
Published on March 5, 2020


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