Allan Kleinpaste, 95, Albert Lea

Published 9:51am Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Memorial services for Allan Bernard Kleinpaste, 95, of Albert Lea, previously of Hollandale, will be at 11 a.m. Friday at Hollandale Reformed Church in Hollandale. The Rev. Neil Ohm will officiate. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the church. Interment will be in the Hollandale Cemetery on June 14.

Allan died on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Thorne Crest Retirement Community in Albert Lea.

Allan was born Feb. 6, 1919, in Jasper County, Iowa, to Peter and Kate (Van Genderen) Kleinpaste.

Allan Kleinpaste
Allan Kleinpaste

Allan lived most of his early life in Hollandale. He entered the Army in January of 1942 and fought on the western front in France, Belgium and Germany. He married Barbara Jean Hanson on July 3, 1942.

Allan and Barbara Jean raised their family in Albert Lea and Hollandale. He owned and operated the International Harvester Store in Albert Lea until 1959, and within a year bought and then operated the Hollandale Hardware Store until his retirement. He was always active in church, first at First Baptist Church in Albert Lea and later the church he was raised in, Hollandale Reformed Church in Hollandale. Allan served on the City Council and later became mayor of Hollandale.

He enjoyed life by singing, playing cribbage, whistling, mowing the lawn and joking around with friends and family. He was deeply loved by his family.

Allan was preceded in death by his daughter, Sally Ann; parents Peter and Kate; brothers Harold and Peter Jr.; and sister Grace Atkins.

He is survived by his wife, Barbara Jean Hanson Kleinpaste, of Albert Lea; daughter Susan (David) Zuelke; sons Steven Kleinpaste (Chris James) and Timothy (Doreen) Kleinpaste;  grandchildren Erin (Steven) Geske, Eric Zuelke, Drew (Nora) Kleinpaste, Chet Kleinpaste, Nathan Kleinpaste, Madeline (Shalene) Kleinpaste, Kaylen (Jeff) Jackson and Maggie James; great-grandchildren Tyler, Clarissa and Lily Geske; and sister-in-law Geraldine Hanson.

Memorials can be directed to Hollandale Reformed Church in Hollandale.