Leslie C. Klink
Leslie C. Klink, 91, of Elkader, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, June 22, 2018, in Elkader. A Celebration of Life will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, June 28, at Peace United Church of Christ, Elkader, with the Rev. Jon Haack officiating. The family will greet friends from 4 to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, June 27, at Peach United Church of Christ, and also one hour prior to the service at the church. Arrangements by Bohnenkamp-Murdoch Funeral Home and Cremation Service, Manchester.
Les was born Aug. 11, 1926, on the Klink family farm near Littleport, Iowa, to LeRoy and Irma (Piehl) Klink. He attended the Cox Creek township country school near Communia and grew up farming under the study of his father and grandfather near Littleport and at Motor. After graduating from Elkader High School, he continued to farm with his father. In 1953, Les enlisted in the U.S. Army and served in Korea from 1953 to 1954. Upon returning home, he bought the family farm as well as graduating with a degree in farm operations from Iowa State University. Roy and Les received the State Soil Conservation Award in 1956. Les expanded the operation to 400 acres, raising Black Angus cattle, sheep and hogs, as well as corn, oats and beans over the years.
In 1968, Les was elected to serve the people of Allamakee and Clayton counties in the Iowa Senate. In 1971, Gov. Bob Ray appointed him to the Iowa Natural Resources Council, where Les served as board member and chairman.
He was united in marriage to Mary Mason in 1972, which was concelebrated by Les' pastor and Mary's priest. Les was a generous and kind man, always devoted to his family first. He also was very active in his community, including Peace United Church of Christ, of which he was a lifetime member, as well as memberships in the Scottish Rite of Freemasonry, Benevolent Lodge No. 72 AF & AM and El Kahir Shrine Temple of Cedar Rapids.
He was a member, board member and past president of the Clayton County Farm Bureau, director of the Iowa Cattlemen's Association, board member of the Northeast Iowa Angus Association, member of the American Angus Association, board member of Three Rivers Farm Service Co., director of the Northeast Iowa Experimental Farm, director of the Iowa Beef Bull Testing Association and board member of the Motor Mill Foundation. The Clayton County Beef Producers recognized Les as Cattleman of the Year in 1982. He also was active in Republican politics and enjoyed serving as the Clayton County chairman for numerous candidates and the party. He attended the Republican National Convention in Miami in 1972 as an alternate delegate.
In the '80s and '90s, Les volunteered for an international non-governmental organization mentoring farmers in the developing world, through which he traveled to assignments in the Ivory Coast, the former Czechoslovakia, Bulgaria, Estonia and Latvia.
In 2015, Les and Mary were awarded the Century Farm designation by the Iowa Department of Agriculture for the farm on which he proudly lived his entire life.
Survivors include Les' wife of 46 years, Mary; his daughter, Renee, and son-in-law, Brian Lamson, of Arlington, Va.; grandchildren, Karen and Blaise Lamson; his sister, Ila Mae Fenchel of Mason City; and his sister-in-law, Beverley Klink of Marion.
Les was preceded in death by his parents; and his brother, Harold.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in Les' memory may be directed to Peace United Church of Christ, 301 N. Main St., Elkader, IA 52043 or St. Croix Hospice, 101 Elkader St., Strawberry Point, IA 52076.
The family wishes to express their thanks for the compassionate care given to him by St. Croix Hospice.
Condolences for the family may be left at www.murdochfuneralhome.com.