Ivan Klingelhoets, age 86, of Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2014, at Cottagewood Assisted Living in Buffalo.
Mass of Christian Burial will take place today, Monday, Feb. 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Buffalo.
Visitation was Sunday, Feb. 23 from 3 to 7 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, and will continue Monday, one hour prior to Mass, at the church.
Casket bearers will be Katie Hetzler, Jeff Klingelhoets, Angie Murray, Eric Klingelhoets, Sara Gutierrez, and Zach Pitcock.
The Peterson Chapel in Buffalo is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences can be made at www.thepetersonchapel.com.
Ivan was born July 23, 1927, in Howard Lake, to John and Clara (Hollerbach) Klingelhoets.
He served his country in the United States Army.
Ivan was united in marriage to Rose Ann Rasmussen Sept. 20, 1951, at St. Mary’s Church in Waverly. God blessed their marriage with seven children.
Ivan and Rose Ann were long-time members of St. Francis Catholic Church in Buffalo.
Ivan enjoyed hunting, fishing, and polka dancing. He and Rose belonged to several card clubs.
He loved to tinker with small engines, and enjoyed playing with his grandchildren and being with his family.
Ivan owned and operated Buffalo Dray & Transfer for many years, and would also do custom corn shelling during the crop season. He drove for many years as a truck driver for BFI, before retiring.
Following his retirement, Ivan worked at Deer Lake Apple Orchard, then worked for Cottagewood Assisted Living, formerly Sunrise Cottages, transporting residents to appointments and also helping with maintenance.
Ivan was a great family man, friend, neighbor, and lover of the outdoors. He made a lasting impression on everyone he met, and was loved and respected by his many friends and family, who will miss him.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Rose Ann; a daughter, Karen Klingelhoets; his parents; and a brother, James Klingelhoets.
Ivan is survived by his children, Ken (Terri) Klingelhoets, Gary (Gayle) Klingelhoets, Jane (Roland) Korfe, Tim Klingelhoets, Alan Klingelhoets, and Wendy (Andy) Porter, all of Buffalo; 18 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; a brother, Clarence (Jerry) Klingelhoets; a sister, Ida Mae Zahler; a sister-in-law, Mardell Klingelhoets; and many other relatives and friends.