In memory of

Darrell Kluver

December 21, 1933 - January 3, 2021
From: Lake View, IA
Darrell Kluver

Darrell Kluver

Born: December 21, 1933
Died: January 3, 2021
Age: 87
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Darrell Kluver, age 87, of Lake View, IA, passed away on Sunday, January 3, 2021, at Blackhawk Life Care Center.   Darrell was born on December 21, 1933, to parents John and Katie (Fischer) Kluver.  He grew up on a farm near Lake View, IA, where he attended country school.  He farmed with his dad until 1955 when he was inducted into the United States Army.  He received the rank of Specialist Third Class and was honorably discharged in 1961.

On May 5, 1954, Darrell was united in marriage to Shirley Ann Walter in Carroll, IA.  This union was blessed with five children: Diane, Debra, Cheryl, Randy, and Cindy.  They made their home in the Lake View area.

Darrell joined Mid-States Equipment as plant manager in 1962 and played an important role in the company’s growth.  Herb Onstot fondly referred to Darrell as his “engineer”.  He worked at Mid-States Equipment until 1999, retiring as the shop foreman.

Darrell enjoyed gardening, tending his fruit trees, asparagus bed, and grape vines.  He and his wife canned much of the produce, along with sharing with family and friends.  He was famous for growing and giving away jars of horseradish.   He never lost his love of farming and after retiring farmed for Randy Aschinger Farms.  He spent many hours fishing at Blackhawk Lake, playing cards,  and having coffee with friends.  For years he enjoyed breakfast with his buddies.

In his younger years he volunteered with community activities such as the annual Easter egg hunt, the Water Carnival parade of floats for 28 years, and planting the evergreen trees west of Blackhawk Life Care Center.  He helped install playground equipment, including  the big “climbing” rock and “barrel” at Speaker Park.   

Darrell and Shirley enjoyed traveling, visiting family in Colorado and Missouri, and trips to Mexico.  They attended their grandchildren’s school events, and in later years Darrell especially enjoyed spending time with his great-grandchildren. 

Those left to cherish his memory include his children: Cheryl (David) Swenson of Lake View, IA, Randy Kluver of Lake View, IA, and Cindy (Tom) Shelp of Auburn, IA, son-in-law David Condit; grandchildren: Rachael (Mark) Schreiber, Charity (Chad) Schroeder, Melissa (Louis) Collins, Caleb (fiancée Rebecca) Condit, John (Vanessa) Swenson, Beth Ann (Andrew) Snyder, Tanya Shelp, McKenzie (Brendon) Nicholas; great-grandchildren: Jensen and Anna Schreiber, Chloe and Ava Schroeder, Bennett, Keely, and Heidi Swenson, Emma, Avery, and Owen Snyder, and Delilah and Kalem Nicholas.  He is also survived by brother Kenneth Kluver; sister Carol Ann Sieck;  many nieces, nephews, extended family members, and friends.

Darrell was preceded in death by his wife Shirley; daughters Diane Lynn and Debra Sue Condit; parents; brother Everett, sister Lavon in infancy,  Dorothy Milton, and Ethel Blessington. 

Private Family Services
Wall Lake Cemetery
Wall Lake, Iowa


Friday, January 8, 2021 at 4:09 PM
“Cheryl, Cindy and Randy, our thoughts and prayers are with you. ”
- Scott and Jenny Kluver
Friday, January 8, 2021 at 10:41 AM
“Cheryl, Cindy and Randy, I'm thinking of you and surrounding you with Love. I'll always remember your Dad...I'm so sorry. ”
Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:55 PM
“My deepest sympathy to all of you. What a great guy,so glad l got to know him and to be part of their lives. All my love,always!”
- Rebecca Mohr
Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:55 PM
“My sympathies to both of your families. I loved it when Darrell would come into my office and we could catch up on LV happenings. And he was always the first one to show up at Men's Breakfast and make sure we were on top of things. Darrell was a "Joy" to know. ”
- Janine Waldrop
Thursday, January 7, 2021 at 12:55 PM
“What a great guy Darrell was. He always had us girls laughing. I really enjoyed listening to the great story's he shared. I will miss him and his family dearly. ”
- Sarah Mohr
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 1:32 PM
“Sympathy to the Kluver family Albert enjoyed him while he was in Blackhawk Care The men's table was the place to be for sharing their history of life. Lots of memories shared at that table. ”
- Shirley Ohden
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:33 AM
“Enjoyed the time I worked with Darrell at Mid-States. Don't give the Big Guy too much trouble up there.”
- Doug Baumhover
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:33 AM
“My Dad worked with Darrell at Midstates and when I was a kid I would go to the shop with Dad and Darrell always enjoyed teasing me. R.I.P. Darrell.”
- Dennis Mein
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:33 AM
“Our sympathy and prayers at this difficult time.”
- Gene and Marla Friedrichsen
Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at 9:33 AM
“So sorry for your loss! Prayers 🙏”
- Rodney Daiker
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 12:03 PM
“My deepest sympathy to your family. Sending prayers”
- Cindi Fertig
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:11 AM
“Our deepest sympathies to all of Darrell family. Lots of good memories of him”
- Mark and Tami Auen
Tuesday, January 5, 2021 at 9:11 AM
“My deepest sympathies He will forever hold a special place in my heart and will be missed dearly ”
- Marni Roth
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