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Edward Klemp

September 30, 1946 - October 25, 2021
Newago, MI



Saturday, November 6, 2021
11:00 AM to 1:00 PM EDT
Heritage Life Story Funeral Homes
Van Strien Creston Chapel
1833 Plainfield Ave., N.E
Grand Rapids, MI 49505
(616) 361-2613
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Saturday, November 6, 2021
3:00 PM EDT
Maple Grove Cemetery
804 S Division Ave.
Fremont, MI 49412
1 (231) 924-2330


At the family's request memorial contributions are to be made to those listed below. Please forward payment directly to the memorial of your choice.

Covenant Point Bible Camp
358 West Hagerman Lake Rd.
Iron River, MI 49935
(906) 265-2117
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Below is the contact information for a florist recommended by the funeral home.

Ball Park Floral
8 Valley Ave.
Grand Rapids, MI 49504
(616) 459-3409
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Life Story / Obituary


Klemp, Edward Richard (9/30/1946 – 10/25/2021) of Newaygo, Mi.

Edward Richard Klemp “Ed” of Newaygo, Mi., passed away on Monday, October 25th with his 2 sons by his side.

He was born in Chicago, Il. in September 1946 to the late Bernard and Eleanore (Larson) Klemp.

Along with his parents, Ed is preceded in death by his beloved wife of 53 years, Dianne Marie (Farrell) who died in May 2021 and his brother Donald Klemp.

Ed is survived by his sons Mathew (Kate) and Timothy, grandchildren Oscar, Louisa, and Harriett, sister in laws Karen (James) Bergstrom and Judy Klemp, brother in law Kevin Farrell, and lots of terrific nieces and nephews.

Ed was the first in his family to go to college. He studied music education at Northern Illinois University and went on to a long career directing orchestras and teaching music in the Chicago suburbs. He also enjoyed directing his church choirs. He developed life long friendships with those in his church community.

After retiring Ed moved out to the country with his wife and his dogs where he enjoyed building projects, tinkering with tractors and Lionel trains and listening to good music. He and Dianne eventually relocated to Michigan to be close to his sons and grandchildren.

Ed will be remembered as a hard-working provider who cared about his family and his faith. He always knew that he “married up” and it was his hope and faith of seeing his beloved again that made his final months peaceful and full of gratitude for a blessed life.