Jesus came for Buddy John Klippel on Jan. 7, 2017.
He was born at the family home in Blue on Nov. 14, 1933, to H.F. Klippel and Lena Yoss Klippel. He married Betty Louise Bogard on June 27, 1953, in McAlester. To them were born three children, Frances, Larry and Judy.
John was baptized in 1963 by John Gobel at Northtown Church of Christ in McAlester.
John attended Blue School and graduated the eighth grade. After graduating, he went to work at the Southern Ice Plant. He later went to work at TH Rogers as a truck driver and then, after a few years, worked in the TH Rogers warehouse building custom windows and doors for homes.
After retiring from TH Rogers, he started his own lawn service business.
As a hobby, John was very talented in woodworking, building many pieces of furniture for his children and cabinets in his home. He built two personal custom homes.
John loved to watch Oklahoma University football games; he did his best to never miss a game.
John was very active in his community. He worked diligently with the youth at the 2nd & Washington Church of Christ, where he also served as a deacon.
John was also a volunteer in law enforcement for many years, serving with the McAlester Police Department, as well as the Sheriff's Department.
John was preceded in death by his father and mother and 15 siblings.
He is survived by his wife, Betty Klippel; children, Frances Whinery and husband, Larry, Larry Klippel and wife, Sharon, and Judy Nave and husband, Ed. Grandchildren, Chris Whinery, Danny Whinery, Justin Allen and wife, Isabelle, Jonathon Klippel, and Julie Word and husband, Daniel. Great-grandchildren, Sarah Allen, Dyllan Allen, Aerial, Bama, Townes and Ripley Dunbar. He was PaPa to two special children, Kyllee Bennett and Hannah Huddleston.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Jan. 14, at 2 p.m. at Northtown Church of Christ in McAlester. Inurnment will be at Memorial Gardens Cemetery at a later date for the immediate family.
John loved Hope Harbor Childrens Home in Claremore and watching the "In Search Gospel TV Show". In lieu of flowers, the family asks the donations be made to these organizations in care of Northtown Church of Christ of McAlester.
He was loved by all and will be sorely missed. Rest in peace and we will see you again one day.
Published on January 11, 2017