Edward C. Klempnauer, Jr.

Edward C. Klempnauer, Jr., 79, of Shawnee, Kansas, passed away at home, Monday, November 9, 2009.


He was born September 27, 1930 in Kansas City, Kansas to Edward C., Sr. and Olive G. Klempnauer.  He graduated from Argentine High School and Kansas City Kansas Community College.  He spent summers at his grandparent’s farm in Grain Valley, Missouri, helping milk cows.


Ed retired from Black & Veatch after 43 years, his last position being Mechanical Drafting Supervisor.  He served 20 years in the Kansas National Guard.


Ed is survived by his wife of 57 years, Wilma I. Klempnauer; daughters, Elaine Cuppy of Shawnee, Kansas, Diane Clinesmith and her husband, Mike, of Overland Park, Kansas, and Gale Howard and her husband, Bryan, of Lee’s Summit, Missouri; grandchildren, Josh, Cassandra, Dan, Jacob, Devon, Aaron and Chrissy; brother, Phillip Klempnauer, of Henderson, Nevada; and many brothers and sisters-in-law who were like his own family and many nieces and nephews who were all special to him.


The family suggests contributions to Community Covenant Church, 15700 W. 87th Street Parkway, Lenexa, Kansas or Hospice Care of Kansas, 15329 W. 95th Sttreet, Lenexa, Kansas 66219.


Visitation and Funeral Services


Funeral services will be 2 p.m., Thursday, November 12, 2009 at Community Covenant Church,  with burial in Johnson County Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 6-8:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 11, 2009 at the Amos Family Chapel of Shawnee.

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13 Comments on “Edward C. Klempnauer, Jr.”

  1. Joel Grieshaber Says:

    I have always enjoyed the visit’s I had with EC. I always thought of him more as an uncle then a cousin and wished I made more time then waiting for family events. I always enjoyed when mom and dad took us to Kansas City on visit to EC and Wilma when I was younger and we would played ping pong while there which if my memory remembers currently, EC played a mean game of ping pong. When I found out he enjoyed golf or at lest played, we talked about getting together and play sometime, but that never happen. We always think there will be time and delay what we should do now. I will miss EC but know he is in a better place and was greeted with many open arms.

    I pray to our Lord to look over Wilma and family with all his love, now and though the rest of their lives.

    God is Good

    With Peace and Love

  2. Gail Fortin Says:

    Dear Wilma and Family,
    Please know that our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time.

    Gail and Don Fortin

  3. Deidre and Chris Patton Says:

    Gale, Wilma and Family: We were so sorry to get this news. Please know that your family is in our thoughts and prayers. Chris and Deidre Patton

  4. Dwayne Summers Says:

    “to be absent from the body and at home with the Lord” 2 Cor. 5:8

    How can we mourn when we know that Ed is sitting at the feet of Jesus and living in the house built for him. The Bible says “we do not mourn as those with no hope” and how true that is. I mourn more for us than I do Ed. Ed and I laughed about that during my visit, that he feels bad for us who are still here.
    Ed helped me make the most important decision in my life and set my life in motion for serving God and having a beautiful family. Without his advice I’m scared to think where I’d be now.
    Aunt Wilma is one of the kindest and strongest women I’ve ever known. Her and my Mom are a lot alike and it was good for me to be around women of such strong faith. I pray that the peace that surpasses all understanding, that the Lord promises, will cover you Aunt Wilma like a shelter, and carry you through every tough and lonely time to come. We are never alone, even though we miss those we love. Uncle E.C.’s legacy will live on and continue to touch lives for years to come. Now that’s a footprint we should all strive to leave on this life.
    Thank you Aunt Wilma for your strength and Love, we will continue to pray for you.
    Dwayne, Sherri, Patrick, Brian, Jackson, and Kathryn

  5. Liz Balfour Paulson Says:

    So sorry to learn of the loss in your family. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I often remember the great times we all shared together. Much love to all of you.

  6. Laura Allman Says:

    Dear Aunt Wilma and family, I am very sorry about the loss of Uncle EC. I am thankful he is no longer suffering. Please know that you are all in my prayers and in my heart. Uncle EC was a great man and will be missed by all who loved and knew him. May God bless you all with comfort at this time of grief.

  7. Jack Boyles Says:

    It is so sad to see Ed go but i know he is in a better place.

    “I Know That My Redeemer Lives”

    Job 19: 23 – 27

  8. Jerri Brewer Says:

    Diane and family,
    I’m sorry to hear of your Dad’s passing. May the Lord’s promise of everlasting life comfort you all.

    Jerri & Eric

  9. Dave Clinesmith Says:

    I had the distinct pleasure of sharing the Klempnauers Christmas with them last year and, although we had only just met (I’m not even sure they knew I would be attending, as my brother Mike had just picked me up from the airport) I was made to feel a part of the family from the moment I entered their home. I recall Ed had an easygoing manner about himself, and a wry sense of humor. To Wilma, his family, and friends, I pass along my sincere condolences; a finer gentleman I have yet to meet.

  10. Joe Schneider Says:

    Charlotte and I were saddened to here of Ed’s passing. I worked with Ed from the day I started at Black & Veatch on Feb 1, 1971 until Ed retired. Ed was a great co-worker, he was really steady in his approach to things, did not get upset when things were going poorly, and enjoyed a good laugh during the hustle and bustle of the work day. Ed and Wilma, Charlotte and I, and some other Black & Veatch folks enjoyed a good working holiday in Hawaii during one of our projects. We will always have fond memories of Ed.

  11. Carol Coffey Says:

    Diane and Family,

    I am so sorry to learn of your Father’s passing. He now resides with the Lord and is watching over you from above. You are in my thoughts and prayers.

    Much love.


  12. Cynthia Jackson Says:

    My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during your time of bereavement.

    Cynthia Jackson

  13. Peggy & Jim Marr Says:

    Diane & Family:

    We are so sorry to hear of your Father’s passing. Although I know he will be greatly missed, you can take comfort in knowing that he is now rejoicing in the arms of the Lord.

    Peg, Jim & Family

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