Lambert "Bert" Klumper‚ was born on October 4, 1929 to Dick and Gertie (Jongetjes) Klumper in rural Murray County, Minnesota. Bert was the third of nine children. He attended school through the eighth grade at Edgerton Christian School, but left school to help provide for the family after the death of their father. Bert worked multiple jobs over the years. On January 9, 1951, he was united in marriage with Henrietta Eernisse in Leota, Minnesota. In their early married life they lived in the Edgerton area while Bert worked at the Rendering Works. The couple moved to Mountain Lake for a year, before returning to Edgerton in 1961 when Bert began a delivery route for Marigold Dairy. In 1962 they bought a home in Edgerton, where they lived for the next 54 years. Bert worked his dairy route until 1975, when he took a position as a custodian at Southwest Christian High School in Edgerton, where he worked until his retirement in 1991. Henrietta also retired in 1991, and Bert and Henrietta began traveling the country in an RV with SOWERS, a volunteer group that worked in Bible camps across the US. Bert was a great handyman, and he put those skills to good use at these camps. Bert and Henrietta moved from their home in 2016 and moved into the Edgebrook Apartments, where they remained until his death on Friday, August 10, 2018 at the age of 88 years, 10 months and six days.
Bert had deep roots in his community, and it was very important to him. He was a lifelong member of the First Christian Reformed Church in Edgerton. Through the years he served in a variety of ways, including as deacon and an elder and helping in youth service projects. In Edgerton, Bert served as a city council member and was a founding member of Edgerton‚ ambulance service, volunteering as an EMT for many years. After retirement, he did volunteer work with Hope Haven wheelchair ministries.
In his spare time, he had a great love of fishing, camping, and traveling. He was a reserved man with a dry sense of humor and a great heart. He dearly loved the time that he spent with family, especially his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, for whom he prayed by name each day.
He is survived by his beloved wife of 67 years, Henrietta; his four children, Rev. Dennis (Rev. Glennys) Klumper of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Holly (Stan) Haan of Grand Rapids, Michigan, Loryn (Joyce) Klumper of Wahpeton, North Dakota, and Brad (Lena) Klumper of Raleigh, North Carolina; seven grandchildren, Nathan Haan, Alissa Vanderlaan, Justin Haan, Jeremy Klumper, Phillip Klumper, David Raymond, and Cristy Johnson; nine great-grandchildren; two brothers, Henry Klumper of Edgerton and Andrew, (Willi) Klumper of Artesia, California; sisters-in-law, Mildred (Marinus) Klarenbeek, Lois Klumper, Katie Klumper, and Ellen Klumper; and many other loving friends and family members. Bert was preceded in death by his parents, Dick and Gertie; brothers, Gerrit, Bernard, and Cornelius Klumper; sisters, Elizabeth (Barnie) VanKeppel and Marie (Leon) Hartke, infant sister Francis, and sister-in-law Kathryn (Bernie) Vander Ziel, and brother-in-law Robert Eernise.
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