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“So sorry for your loss.One of my fondest memories of both John and DeeDee was when DeeDee invited Marianne and I over for lunch just after she and...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Vern Steen - Spokane, WA - Friend

“Anna and Family, My thoughts are with you at this time. Both of your parents are together again, commenting on all of you, your lives, their hopes...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Pamela Johnson - Grafton, ND

“Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time. John was a very special cousin to all in our family. ( Jake & Millie Spruit) Hold onto the...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Joanne Schanz - Cary, NC - Family

“My HEART goes out to the family. I only know Chris and John, I had the pleasure of meeting John a very soft spoken man who wished in his last days...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Tanya Bush - Centerview, MO

“I was deeply saddened to learn of John's passing. His wife Dee Ann and I have been friends since college. Our lives have intertwined throughout the...Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Marianne Aamold - Spokane, WA

“To the Klapp family, our deepest sympathy. Your dad will be highly missed but we be happy to be with his true love DeAnn. I loved your mom, she went...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: John and Renee Hanson - Cushing, IA

“Very sorry to hear of John's passing. ”
7 of 8 | Posted by: Deb Droegmiller - Cushing, IA

“So sorry for your loss! Hang on to all the memories. They will live on forever! ”
8 of 8 | Posted by: April (Shever) Putzier - IA


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John Francis Klapp was born on August 21, 1945, in Hannibal, Missouri to Francis J. and Anna May (Huling) Klapp. He was raised in LaGrange, Illinois where he attended St. Francis Xavier Catholic School. In 1963, he graduated from St. Francis High School in Wheaton, Illinois as a National Merit Scholar. John received his bachelor's degree in biology from Loyola University, Evanston, Illinois in 1969. In 1970 John was drafted into the Army and served in Vietnam as a Staff Sergeant and artilleryman. After his service, he studied chemistry at the University of North Dakota where he met his bride and lifelong best friend, DeeAnn (Smith). He owned and operated an auto mechanic shop in Saint Thomas, North Dakota. John worked as a parochial school teacher and mechanic supporting his young family as DeeAnn attended seminary in the Chicago area.

When his family moved to Iowa in 1985 to embark on ministry, John continued to teach science and volunteered in various community organizations. He also had a passion for collecting antique automobiles, enjoying long family road trips, and working on his cars with his children. After decades as an educator, John returned to college to pursue a second career as an electrician and happily retired from the United States Post Office in 2012.

Although John was an avid enthusiast of classic cars and devouring books, his true calling was loving others and helping those in need. He was a devout Catholic and an ordained member of the Franciscan Order. John was active in supporting those recovering from addiction when he lived in Iowa and also on the Leech Lake Reservation in Minnesota.

John went to his eternal reward on Wednesday, May 17, 2017 at the age of 71 years, eight months and 26 days.

John's precious wife, Reverend Doctor DeeAnn, and parents preceded him in passing. He is survived by his sister, Charlotte Peterson and brother, Joseph Klapp. He will be remembered by his four children, Christopher Klapp, Rev. Anna Thoreson (Rev. Robert), Charlotte Czerny (Dillon), and Drew Klapp. John's legacy also includes five grandchildren; Michael, Alexander, Nathaniel, Elijah, and Sarah, along with cousins and friends who will miss him dearly.