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Probituary: Marv Klocke

Marv Klocke shares business and desert island sense

Interviewed by Marla Klocke • Originally published in the Winter 2012-13 Inspire(d)

Marv Klocke shares his memories of the decades past through this interview with his daughter-in-law Marla. At age 92, Marv recalls his time in the service, years in the grocery business and owning K&S Super Value in Decorah, and spending time with his friends and family. Whether talking about stocking shelves or stalking big fish on Canadian expeditions with friends – Marv’s zest for life, friends, family – and sauerkraut(!) – is bright.

MarvKlockeWhat’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?

It is not what you earn, but how much you save of what you earn.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

A store manager in the supermarket business. I did not want to be not want to be rich, so when I was old I would not regret not being rich.

What do/did you do?

I was in the grocery business since age 19. I worked for a great gentleman, and then went into the military service. In 1942-1945 I was in Patton’s 3rd Army through Europe. When returning from military service, I went into partnership and eventually owned my own business from 1951-1985 after which time I retired.

If you were stranded on a desert island, what three things would you want with you?

1) A partner with good common sense 2) My wife, Mary 3) A food source

Try to describe yourself in one sentence.

A common man that loves to be surrounded by friends and family.

If you could eat anything every day for the rest of your life, what would it be?

Sauerkraut with country style spare ribs.

Name one thing you could not live without.

My wife Mary, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Multiple choice: tell us about…

Your first job: Clerking in a store for two elderly maids, which was a great job.

Your favorite memory: My military service days.

Genevieve Marcella Landsom Holty

HoltyProbitInterviewed by granddaughter Janelle (Holty) Halverson • Originally published in the Spring 2014 Inspire(d)

This type of interview captures remarkable things about the subject but there are still things you can’t see or hear that are very much a part of the person’s life and personality. Growing up, Grandma Jenny always had an open door and a lunch for anyone who stopped by. I have treasured memories of sitting at their kitchen table listening to Grandma’s morning voice read scripture before we headed off for our days. The buckets of homemade donuts are uncountable and the list of people who would say the same thing is long. Although she isn’t cooking/baking anymore she still has treats in her room to make sure her company is welcome and well fed.

What is the best advice anyone ever gave you?

It was something my dad said once, when my sister was so sick. He said “We all have to help”. It always stuck with me. We all have to help when someone has trouble like that.

What is the worst advice anyone gave you?

I can’t think of any dirty tricks like that.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

I wanted to be a missionary way back when. But that didn’t turn out. I got married. I became a farm housewife. That is a lot work, from morning ‘til night.

If you were stranded on a desert island what three things would you want with you?

Some shelter, some food and some family member I guess.

Describe yourself in once sentence?

Probably stubborn I guess. They would call me a stubborn Norwegian.

If you could eat only one thing for the rest of your life what would it be?

Oh boy, probably something we would have for Christmas like meatballs or lutefisk. (Interviewer interjects: LUTEFISK?) Oh, not lutefisk every day. That would NOT be good.

Tell us about your wedding day.

It was the rainiest day of the year I believe. It was in a little country church in Riceford, Minnesota. No lights or anything so we had to use candles in the windows and everybody was worried we were going to burn the church down. But it turned out I guess. We went to Grandpa and Grandma Holty’s for the reception because they didn’t have lights at the church. We celebrated there with a nice supper. I can’t remember what we had but knowing Grandma Holty she made it really good.

Tell us about your first job.

I worked in a bakery for quite a few months (in the Twin Cities). I also helped out where I stayed. I helped her out when she worked at the Norwegian Newspaper up there.

What is your favorite memory?

Loren brought me a sewing chest with spools of thread and everything in the drawers. It was storming and he carried it from his home all the way to my place. His dad was upset and wouldn’t let him have the car so he had to walk all that distance in deep snow. We found spools of thread later that had fallen out of the chest. Loren was determined to get that chest to me on Christmas Eve and he did too.

Probituary: Donald and Ilene Moore

Intro and interview by grandson Hans Aschim • Photo by David Moore • Originally published in the Fall 2011 Inspire(d)

GrandpaGrandmaMooreMy grandparents, Donald and Ilene Moore, truly know how to live. With their lifelong commitment to serving the community and raising a beautiful family, time is always precious. Between tending a farmer’s sick calf late in the evening, organizing 4H events, and making sure all four children completed their schoolwork, keeping busy was never hard. Still, my grandparents have always made time for exploring hobbies, reading, traveling and constantly learning for the sake of learning. Here’s to living to the fullest and to two people I greatly admire.

What’s the best advice anyone ever gave you?

Donald Moore: The cheapest thing in the world is saying Thank You. It gets you more than anything else. Profuse ‘Thank Yous’ gets a lot of mileage.
Ilene Moore: Respect all people. No matter what their educational or financial situation is, respect everyone as people.

What did you want to be when you grew up?

DM: I didn’t think about it. I knew I wanted to go to college. Not a lot of people went in our day. When I started college, I started out with being a veterinarian in mind.

IM: I wanted to be in the Iowa Extension service, particularly with 4H clubs, working with education in farms and agriculture. 4H stands for head, heart, hand, health, for both boys and girls. It was an important influence in my life as a young person.

What did/do you do?

DM: Well, I became a veterinarian (laughs). As a vet, I did general practice. I also represented the government. My era was involved in cleaning up TB (tuberculosis) in cattle and brucellosis in cattle. We also represented the state of Iowa in the poultry and meat inspection agencies.
IM: I’d say you liked small animal care the best – working with people in the community, giving care for dogs and cats.
DM: I can still name some of their pets. I knew them well. I liked that more than anything else.
IM: I worked with the Extension Service, a community service providing education, especially educating farm wives, organizing the county fair and 4H Club. In those days it was hard to get about and communicate, the roads were so bad. The whole county was a different place to get to know.

What is one thing you couldn’t live without?

DM: My wife! (Laughs)
IM: If not, it might be your computer. (Laughs)
DM: I guess it’s better to say we couldn’t live without family. They never caused us any trouble (laughs).
IM: We have a great community in Decorah.

You’ve been married for 65 years this spring (2011). Tell us about your wedding day.

DM: The tulips were out. It was a nice day, all of the flowers were out. It was the 21st of April and we had good weather. It was an evening service on Easter Sunday.
IM: It was a simple wedding compared to what they are now. There wasn’t much for gifts. It was very post-war, there was a shortage of a lot of things. Housing was short and so were the things that went in it. It was a struggle to find a car. The kind of things people get now as gifts were hard to come by.

What are you most proud of?

IM: Don worked a lot of community service, serving for over 40 years on the board of the bank, in that time it grew a lot. We worked a lot on the hospital board.
DM: I did early fundraising for the hospital. Then I was out hunting for money for the American Cancer Society. When I walked in the door they’d pull out their checkbooks and ask how much! We’ve seen the hospital grow from a few general practitioners to a multi-specialty group. We’ve had good support from the community.
IM: I originally started raising money for the cancer society in 1948. A friend and I were the very first group to get representatives from different parts of the county to organize for the Winneshiek county cancer society.

Any thing else?

Decorah’s been good to us. We love it here. The community of the whole county’s been good to us- a great place to live, a great place to raise our family. We’re proud of our family.