In Memory of

Lambert J. Klocke

August 14, 1933 - October 20, 2023
From: Rockwell City, IA

Lambert John Klocke, 90 of Rockwell City, passed away Friday, October 20 at home surrounded by his loving family.  Lambert’s strong faith and dedication to the daily rosary were cornerstones of his life.  

     Funeral Services will be 10:30 a.m. Thursday, October 26, 2023 at St. Francis Catholic Church, Rockwell City, with Fr. Lynn Bruch officiating at the Mass of Christian Burial.  Burial will be at St. Francis Catholic Cemetery, with Military Rites by Amvets Post #41 of Rockwell City.  There will be a Rosary at 5:45 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 25, at the Palmer & Swank Funeral Home, Rockwell City, followed by a Visitation and a Vigil Service at 7:30 p.m.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be left to LifeServe Blood or to the discretion of the family.

     Lambert was born on August 14, 1933 to the parents of Clem and Elizabeth (Wiskus) Klocke in Dedham, Iowa, the oldest son of 16 children.  He served with the U.S. Army and was stationed at the Panama Canal from 1954-1956 during the Korean Conflict. Upon his honorable discharge from the military, he married Donna Mae Nollen at St. Joseph Catholic Church on August 28, 1956 in Carroll, Iowa. This union was blessed with four children: RaeLynne, RoxAnne, Michelle, and Doug.

     In 1960, they purchased a farm west of Rockwell City. He grew corn and soybeans and raised cattle, hogs, and chickens selling Klocke Quality Eggs. His hard work, determination, and ambition established Klocke Farms.  For the last forty years, Lambert and Donna wintered in Arizona where he stayed active playing water volleyball, calling Bingo, organizing monthly pancake breakfasts, and playing cards. Lambert was an avid hiker leading hikes twice a week, accumulating 200 to 300 miles a winter.  In later years, he kept busy doing Suduko and word searches, putting puzzles together, caring for his flowers and watching Price is Right (aka Come on Down Show).   He always prioritized staying active.  They enjoyed camping and traveled around the U.S. and over 25 countries, including China, Italy and Israel. Lambert’s beaming smile was infectious to all people who knew him.

     Lambert is survived by his wife Donna of 67 years; children RaeLynne (Jim) Roe Mesa, AZ, RoxAnne (Robert) Magaña Mesa, AZ, Michelle (David) Souder Rockwell City; and Doug (Paula) Klocke Rockwell City;  six grandchildren Derek Strutzenberg, Allen (Laura) Souder, Brian Souder and fiancé Anne, Matt (Joeli) Souder, Tate (Maggie) Klocke, Natasha (Clayton) Heavlin; three great grandsons Wesston Souder, Walker Souder, and Hudson Heavlin; his brothers and sisters Jerry (Betty) Klocke, Jim(Louann) Klocke, Ronnie Klocke, Larry (Pat) Klocke, Sharon (Eldon) Wright, Wayne (Carol) Klocke, and Marlene (Jim) Wille; and several nieces and nephews.

     Lambert was preceded in death by his parents; siblings Frances Whisnant, Louise Costello, LeRoy Klocke, Maxine MacFarland, Jessie Fast, Donna Lee Lowe, Lorraine Gettler, and Helen Knobbe Johnson.

Mass of Christian Burial
10:30 a.m. Thursday
October 26, 2023
St. Francis Catholic Church
Rockwell City, Iowa
Father Lynn Bruch
Deacon Robert Lenz
Derek Strutzenberg
Allen Souder
Brian Souder
Matt Souder
Tate Klocke
Natasha Heavlin
6:00 to 8:00 p.m. - Wednesday
October 25, 2023
Palmer & Swank Funeral Home
Rockwell City, Iowa
Rosary - 5:45 p.m.
Vigil Service - 7:30 p.m.
Organist - Tricia Stumpf
Singers - Laura Souder & Anne Reiter
St. Francis Catholic Cemetery
Rockwell City, Iowa
Military Rites by 
Amvets Post #41


Monday, October 30, 2023 at 4:00 PM
“RaeLynne and Family, I was saddened to hear of Lambert's passing. I remember him so well in our catechism classes. The obituary is correct; he always had a smile. May your memories of him sustain you and his lessons of life guide you throughout your life.”
- Mary Susan Powers

Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 1:07 AM
“My condolences to you and your family ,Donna.I’m sending my prayers and some hugs.”
- Gloria Godsoe

Tuesday, October 24, 2023 at 9:40 AM
“My sympathy goes to all of you, Lambert's family. That front seat during Mass isn't going to seem right!!! Lambert was a special person and am sure God has a special place for him while enjoying his eternal reward. God bless all of you”
- Maureen Hobart

Monday, October 23, 2023 at 11:56 PM
“Our most sincere condolences to the friends and family! Lambert will be missed by all lucky enough to know him. I have played many years of water volleyball with Lambert, formally only in the month of April, when I would come to visit family. I was lucky enough to spend this past winter at Desert Sun and know what a treasure he was to the Desert Sun family. ”
- Tami and Peter Dunstan-Adams

Monday, October 23, 2023 at 11:52 AM
“We will miss his big smiles and his kind heart. The last year had brought us closer as we live so far apart. Lambert being the oldest son and I am the “baby” of the clan. Memories I will cherish of our visits to the farm and to AZ. Watch over us….spread those wings wide. Love you my dear brother.”
- Marlene (Klocke) and Jim Wille

Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 6:48 PM
“We are so sorry for the loss of Sonny, he was always such a happy, goofy guy. Hugs to all of you.”
- Ellen Olson

Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 6:36 PM
“A hard worker, great man, and fine farmer. On Iowa . . . .”
- Todd Kohler

Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 3:06 PM
“A good man who led a good life. He will be missed. ”
- Lois Dineen

Sunday, October 22, 2023 at 9:46 AM
“Our heartfelt sympathy to all the family. Lambert was a very special, gentle, loving soul who actively lived his life every day. He will be sorely missed by all folks at Desert Sun.”
- Glenda & Tom Sharpe

Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 9:02 PM
“Our deepest sympathies to all of Lambert’s family, Donna. We got to know Lambert at Desert Sun. He was always so active and determined to keep going. I enjoyed playing water volleyball with Lambert. He was ready to play even when others thought it was too cold. We will miss him.”
- Milton & Eileen Skoglund

Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 8:34 PM
“We are so sorry to hear about Lambert. He was a great guy. He will really be missed. Our prayers and sympathy to all of Lamberts family”
- Helen lovro

Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 8:29 PM
“We are so sorry to hear about Lambert. He was a great person and he will be so missed. Our sympathy and prayers to all of you.
Elton and Helen Lovro”
- Helen Lovro

Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 7:43 PM
“So sorry to hear of Lambert’s passing. We had some wonderful talks at the pool. He will be missed💕”
- Sue Kindle

Saturday, October 21, 2023 at 1:49 PM
“Lambert was our big brother. Hiking partner, volleyball King & just the very best friend you could have!”
- Lin & Steve Kelsey

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