Journal Express, Knoxville, IA

November 8, 2012

Max Klootwyk


Cottonwood —  

Max Klootwyk, 86, of Cottonwood, died Oct. 23, 2012. He was born Sept. 26, 1926, in Newton, the son of William and Christiana Klootwyk. 

He attended schools in Newburg, Iowa, and Kellogg High School. Mr. Klootwyk served his country in the Navy during World War II. 

He was self employed as a plumbing contractor for 46 years. In partnership with his son, David, for 20 years, he built several houses in Arizona and Iowa. 

After his retirement he helped friends and neighbors with plumbing repairs up to a few weeks ago. He was a member of the Verde Baptist Church. Max loved to travel the world, including every state of the union. He attended games in every Major League Baseball stadium. Above all else Max loved his family. 

He was preceded in death by his wife, Gretchen Umberger Klootwyk; son, David Klootwyk and a great-grandson. 

Mr. Klootwyk is survived by his wife Hazel; a son Norm of Cottonwood; daughters Linda (Vern) of Texas and Chris (Steve) of Colorado; a stepdaughter, Cyril, and a stepson Travis of Arizona; eleven grandchildren and nineteen great-grandchildren. 

A memorial service was held Sunday, Oct. 28, in the chapel of the Verde Baptist Church, 102 S. Willard St., Cottonwood. 

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