Ken Klehm, 81, passed away peacefully on October 27, 2022, at his home in Edmond, Oklahoma, surrounded by family.
He was preceded in death by parents, Eileen and Russell Klehm; and his sisters and brothers-in-law, Marlyn and John Branam, and Karen and Jody Inman.
He is survived by his wife, Donna Klehm; daughter and son-in-law, Tricia and Brandon Mainka; son and daughter-in-law, Mike and Rebecca Klehm; four grandchildren, Collin and Ryan Northcutt, and Kennedy and Addison Klehm; sister and brother-in-law Janice and Bob White; and sister Sandy Speer.
Ken was born May 13, 1941, in Dana, Iowa. He attended high school in Dana and was active in band, athletics and 4-H, and had a paper route from ages 12 to 17. He earned an accounting degree from Southwest Missouri State College in 1963, where he put himself through college. He passed the CPA in 1974, scoring 3rd highest in the state. He worked various accounting and controller jobs and ultimately worked at American Fidelity Companies for 36 years, retiring as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
After retirement, he became a “Certified Master Gardener” through Oklahoma State University and had one of the most beautiful front and back yards you’ve ever seen. He also enjoyed drafting, reading and square dancing.
He married Donna in 1966 and through their 56 years of marriage, Ken cared for the entire family and was the best of providers. His love language was acts of service. His favorite holiday was Christmas and he delighted in finding just the right gift and seeing the reaction of the person who received it. Also, he would have festive Christmas hats and necklace lights delivered to his family preceding Christmas, which must be worn when celebrating Christmas at their house. We were blessed to have had such a great husband, father and grandfather. His passing leaves a big hole in our hearts.
There will be a graveside service at Bass Chapel Cemetery in Fair Grove, MO, at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Special Olympics Oklahoma (https://tinyurl.com/SpecialOlympicsOK) or The Kerr Center for Sustainable Agriculture (https://kerrcenter.com/about/donate/).