Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years


Leland Arthur Klopmeier, 86, died on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, with family by his side. He was born on February 25, 1936 in Moro, Ill., to the late Arthur and Alma (Bertels) Klopmeier. He married Marvine Weidner on July 28, 1956, at the Zion Lutheran Church in Bunker Hill. She preceded him in death on Jan. 21, 2010.

He is survived by three daughters, Dawn Earnshaw of Bethalto, Laurel (Steve) West of Troy, Gayla (Steve) Walters of Carlinville; eight grandchildren, Suzy (Kurt) Trevisan, Scott (Tyler) Wheeler, Kelly (Brett) Sollberger, Kyle (Ericka) West, Amy (Adam) Wall, Lori (Tim) Lambeth, Molly (Justin) Joyce, and Megan (Chris) Walton; 14 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Verlene Klopmeier; brothers-in-law, Gerald (Louise) Weidner of Bunker Hill, and Eugene Weidner of Florissant, Mo .; and many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. In addition to his parents and wife, he was preceded in death by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Nelson and Lydia Weidner; brother, William Klopmeier; son-in-law, Charles Earnshaw; and sister-in-law, Joyce Weidner.

Leland graduated from Bunker Hill High School and started working at Owens Illinois Glass as a machinist at age 20. He retired as a project engineer in 1994 from O-I after 38 years. During his later years at O-I, he had several international job assignments including Australia, Finland, and Germany. He also enjoyed helping out on the family farms. Throughout his life he was active in the Zion Lutheran Church and civic leadership roles. After he retired, he and Marvine enjoyed traveling, golfing, gardening, and spending time with family and friends.

Funeral services are Wednesday, Oct. 19, at 10 a.m. at Zion Lutheran Church in Bethalto. The burial will follow in the Bunker Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be given to the Zion Lutheran School in Bethalto or the Alzheimer’s Association. Condolences may be left online at Kravanya Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

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