Leonard August Klink was born December 1, 1929, at Nishnabotna Township, Crawford County, Iowa, the son of August and Lucie Klink. He passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018, at the Crawford County Memorial Hospital in Denison, Iowa, at the age of eighty-eight.
Leonard was baptized in Christ June 14, 1930, at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa, and confirmed his faith March 25, 1945, also at Zion Lutheran Church. He grew up on the farm and received his education in the school near his home. Leonard served his country during the Korean War, being inducted into the United States Army May 5, 1951. He was honorably discharged April 21, 1953, and received the Korean Service Medal with one bronze service star and the United Nations Service Medal.
On January 15, 1954, he was united in marriage to Emma Reis at Zion Lutheran Church in Denison, Iowa, and they settled on a farm and were blessed with the birth of three children. He worked as a farmhand in his early years, worked various other jobs as a meat cutter and then owned Klink’s Butcher Shop working as a meat butcher for most of his life. Leonard loved to go to dances, play cards and share stories over coffee.
Leonard was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Emma in 2016; one great-grandchild, Cash; and two brothers, Wernes and Roy. Survivors include: two sons, Ricky, and Allan and wife, Vaunda; one daughter, Terri and husband, Brian; six grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; other relatives and friends.