Wallace H. Kleinhans, 90, of Plymouth, passed away Thursday evening, Aug. 27, 2009, at the Plymouth Care Center, where he has been a resident the past three months.
He was born Nov. 5, 1918, in the town of Plymouth, a son of the late Henry and Elsa (nee Johanning) Kleinhans. He attended the Acorn Grade School and graduated from Plymouth High School and the University of Wisconsin-Madison farm short course.
On July 5, 1941, he was united in marriage to Cora Kalk at Trinity Lutheran Church in Howards Grove.
Wally was engaged in farming all his life, starting as manager of the Lakeside Farms in Elkhart Lake and then he and his wife started their own farm, “Kleinhans Green Acres,” in the town of Sheboygan Falls, which they operated until retiring and moving to Plymouth. Cora preceded him in death on July 31, 1995.
On July 20, 1997, he married Marian Albers. The couple made their home in Plymouth.
Wallace led a life of service and involvement in both farming organizations and service to his community.
He was a member of the Salem United Church of Christ in Plymouth and served on its consistory and on the board of the Salem Green Benevolent Corp. Wally was director, president and secretary of the Sheboygan County Fair Assoc. and the Wisconsin State Association of Fairs, a member of the Plymouth School Board; farm director for radio station WPLY, director and president of the Wisconsin Feeder Pig Co-op; member of the County, State and National Holstein Association and president and secretary of the County Association; a director of the Lakeland Mutual Insurance Co; a member of the Sheboygan County Selective Service Board; member of the Sheboygan County Federal Farm and Home Administration Board; member of the Advisory Board Wisconsin State Board of Agriculture, member of the planning committees of the Sheboygan State Farm Progress Show, member of the Farm Bureau, both county and state; a 4-H leader and director of State 4-H Board and a delegate to the National 4-H Leader Conference in Washington, D.C.
Survivors include his wife, Marian, a resident of the Plymouth Care Center; three sons, Mark (Linda) of Plymouth, Wade (Gail) of Sheboygan Falls and Reed (Monica) of Sheboygan Falls; one daughter, Faye (Jim) Hughes of Plymouth, two step-children, James (Linda) Albers of Madison and Judy (Nick) Nichols of Athens, Texas; a daughter-in-law, Linda Kleinhans of Slinger; 19 grandchildren, Kacy (Karen) Kleinhans, Kara (Jim) Phillips, Brenda (Chris) Dale, Dena (Mike) Budrecki, Heather (Bill) Sungel, Tate Kleinhans, Clark (Sara) Kleinhans, Leslie (Jordan) Blad, Joy (Chad) Kolhman, Carrie Becker (special friend Henri), Traci (Blake) Kohlman, Korrei Kleinhans, Amanda Kleinhans (special friend Ty), Katrina (Chris) Steinke, Nash Kleinhans (special friend Margie), Colin, Margaret, Kelsey and Elliot Hughes; and 23 great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents; his wife, Cora; and a son, Kurt Kleinhans.
Funeral services were held at 4:30 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2009, at Salem United Church of Christ in Plymouth with Dale Miller, a licensed lay minister for Salem United Church of Christ, officiating. Burial took place on Monday morning in the Plymouth Woodlawn Cemetery. Friends called at the church on Sunday from 1 p.m. until the time of service.
Wittkopp-Schneider Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements. Online condolences may be sent through www.wittkoppschneider.com.