In Memory of

Albert Louis Kleihauer

January 7, 1930 - December 23, 2018
From: Cherokee, IA

Albert “Al” Louis Kleihauer died unexpectedly, on December 23, 2018, at the age of 88 at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa.  He was experiencing heart problems and needed an aortic valve replacement.  Al was born on January 7, 1930, on a farm northwest of Le Mars, Iowa.  He was the 11th child of Heinrich and Johanna Dirks Kleihauer.  He attended school at Grant No. 7 Country School and was a member of Christ Lutheran Church in Grant Township until he moved to town in 1960. 

In 1951, Al was drafted into the Marine Corps.  He served for 2 years in the Korean War as a communication lineman.  On July 16, 1953, he was married to Mildred “Milly” Marie Hughes in Merrill, Iowa, while on a leave from service.  They moved to California to complete his tour of duty.  After he was discharged, he and Milly moved back to a farm northwest of Le Mars.  Milly and Al had 3 daughters Lynette in 1954, Diane in 1955, and Jolene in 1959.   He farmed for 7 years, after which, they moved to town where he worked at Albertson & Co./Sioux Tools Inc.  They built their dream home in Le Mars in 1961 and had their son, Mark, in 1962.  In 1965, Al acquired a new job at Wilson Foods in Cherokee, Iowa.  After two years of driving from Le Mars, the family decided to move to Cherokee, Iowa.   After 20 years of hard work, he retired from his job at Wilson Foods in 1985. 

Milly and Al remained very active during their many years of retirement.  They travelled to Texas each winter for 22 years.  They visited nearly every state in the US, except Rhode Island, and enjoyed trips to the Bahamas, Europe, Alaska, and Hawaii.  Al was a member of the VFW and Legion for many years.  He enjoyed playing cards with friends and family. He loved music; he danced and sang at every opportunity.  He loved meeting new people and telling them about his family and life experiences.  No one was a stranger to Al; he always made sure he knew what he had in common with everyone he met.  He embodied the values of duty, honor, and service instilled by the Marine Corp all his life, and he continued to serve others in death by being an organ donor.

Al was preceded in death by his parents; all siblings, Johann Kleihauer, Jack Kleihauer, Anna (John) Plueger, Mary (Fred Livermore/Cletus) Wiebersch, Meta (Robert) Ruble, Emma (Fred) Harms, Henry (Jean) Kleihauer, Etta (Henry) Beitelspacher, Otto (Marilyn/Jeannine) Kleihauer, and Lilian (John) Moller; son-in-law, Jim Smith; brother-in-law, Ronald Bock.

Al is survived by his beloved wife of 65 years, Milly; his children, Lynette (Patrick) Hyndman of Cherokee, Diane (Dean) Halstrom of Meriden, Jolene Smith of Correctionville, Mark (Mona Rosdail) Kleihauer of Spirit Lake; 11 grandchildren, James Smith, Jason Michael, Cherilyn (David) Wicks, Daniel (Anita Sadhu) Hyndman, Justin (Tiffany Carlson) Smith, Aaron (Diana) Halstrom, Alan Halstrom, Josh (Shayna Ruehle) Smith, Jasmine (Zach) Maule, Cassie (Josh) Jacobsen, Chloe (Garrett) Felling; 8 great-grandchildren- Emma, Sydney, Oliver, Kylie, Wyatt, Zion, Tucker, and Calvin; and a sister-in-law, Dorothy Bock.

The funeral service will be 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 29th at Bethlehem Lutheran Church 300 E Bow Dr., Cherokee, IA 51012, where Al was a member. Visitation with the family will be 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, December 28th at the church.  Burial will be at Hillside Cemetery, north of Merrill, Iowa. 

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, December 29, 2018, at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Cherokee, Iowa.

If you would like to send flowers to the family, please visit our Sympathy Store on our website.
Pastor Jane Johnston

James Smith
Jason Michael
Cherilyn Hyndman Wicks
Daniel Hyndman
Justin Smith
Aaron Halstrom
Alan Halstrom
Josua Smith
Cassie Kleihauer Jacobsen
Chloe Rosdail
Jasmine Smith Maule
Visitation will begin at 4:00 p.m. Friday with the family present from 5:00-7:00 p.m. at the Bethelehem Lutheran Church.
Organist- Kyle Carey


"Lift High The Cross"
"What a Friend We Have In Jesus"
"Let There Be Peace On Earth"
"The Lord's Prayer"
"The Marine Hymn"
Hillside Cemetery
Merrill, Iowa


Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 9:27 AM
“Sorry to hear of your loss. Great memories on Hillside Street in Cherokee! Sincerely, Paul Wildeman and Family ”
- Paul Wildeman
Sunday, December 30, 2018 at 9:33 AM
“Lynette, Millie, and family,
I continue to be so sorry for your loss. As my IM message said earlier to you, Lynette, I am still in Cherokee but I came down with the flu yesterday and was still too sick today to come to the funeral so I couldn't say that to you directly. Both of you and your whole family will stay in my prayers, hoping God can help you find peace in the passing of time.
Kathy Hobson”
- Kathy Hobson
Friday, December 28, 2018 at 8:45 AM
“We are all keeping your family in our thoughts and prayers. ”
- Juna Sleep Systems Team
Friday, December 28, 2018 at 8:45 AM
“Rest Easy, Al! Semper Fi!!
- Ron and Jan Witcombe
Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 1:42 PM
“I was saddened to learn of Al passing away. He was always interesting to visit with. May your family and friends comfort you in this time of sorrow.”
- Alvin beitelspacher
Thursday, December 27, 2018 at 1:42 PM
“So sorry to hear of Al's passing! Our sympathy is with you and the family!! We will always cherish the memories spent with your family over the years!! Love and hugs for all!”
- Fred and Kathy Grienke
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 2:19 PM
“Jolene, We are so sorry to hear about your father. Michelle had a great time talking to him many times in McDonalds. She learned much about her family from him”
- Clint & Michelle Leonard
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 12:03 PM
“So sorry to hear about your Dads ”
- Ann Lundell
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 11:25 AM
“My family sends our deepest sympathy for you loss ”
- Gregg Michael
Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at 11:25 AM
“So sorry for lor loss, you dad will be greatly missed! Keeping you in my thoughts and prayers. Deb”
- Deb Hyndman
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