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Amos Kleinsasser

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“I was born March 28, 1925 to Joseph K. and Julia (Schrag) Kleinsasser on a farm two-and-a-half miles northwest of Freeman, S.D. I was the third of 11 children. Ours was a Christian home with Bible reading and prayer daily. 

I attended Apple Grove School, Freeman Academy, Freeman High School, Freeman Junior College and a summer at USD Vermillion, S.D.

Having accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord, I was baptized on the confession of faith by Pastor Jacob B. Hofer at Hutterthal Mennonite Church, and remained a member all my life. I was privileged to serve as a trustee, deacon, and in the Sunday school as well as help in the construction of the church.

On Sept. 14, 1947 I was united in marriage to Kathryn Hofer, daughter of Anna Hofer and the late Mike K. Hofer. We made our home at the Mike K. Hofer farm. I moved in with my wife, her mother Anna, her Grandmother Katherina, and her sister Mary Magdalene. 

We had a good life. When our sons were born there was plenty of help. Michael was born March 11, 1954, and Robert was born November 11, 1956. We operated a grain and dairy farm. 

I served on the school board until consolidation and on the Silver Lake township board for many years. Highlights of my life included a trip to Europe where I saw the place where the Kleinsassers came from. 

A source of pain in our lives was when we realized that our precious granddaughter Jennifer would be totally dependent on the care of others. She has taught us to trust God for our life here, and our home when we leave this world. Our twin grandsons Dustin and Donald have brought much joy to our lives.”

Amos entered his heavenly home on April 21, 2018 at Oakview Terrace in Freeman.

Amos is survived by spouse Kathryn of Freeman, son Robert (Debra), granddaughter Jennifer, grandson Dustin, great-grandsons Joshua and Caleb of Hot Springs, S.D.; grandson Donald (Kristi), great-granddaughters Kaitlynn, Julia, Lorelei, and great-grandson Elijah Michael, of Elba, Neb.; sisters Sarah Stahl of Freeman, Joann Stahl of Bridgewater, S.D., Ruby (Gary) Hughes of Shakopee, Minn.; in-laws Lavonne and Duane Schrag of Freeman, Johnny Graber of Freeman, Eldon Hofer of Huron, S.D., and Mary (Emanuel) Glanzer of Bridgewater, S.D.

Amos was proceeded in death by parents Joe K. and Julia Kleinsasser; son Michael; brother Silas; sisters Iva Kleinsasser, Adella Walter Gross, Mary Wollman, Bertha Gross Hofer, Katheryn Graber, Fern Kaufman; in-laws Ernest Walter, Erwin R. Gross, Eli Stahl, Jake Gross, William Stahl, Solomon Wollman and Clyde Kaufman.