Clement ‘Clem’ Kofron, 81
Fri, 11/02/2018 - 2:36pm admin
Oct. 8, 1937 —
Cresco - Clement Francis Kofron, age 81, of Lime Springs, Iowa, died on Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018 at Country Winds Manor in Cresco, Iowa, surrounded by his family.
Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 5, 2018at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church with Rev. Jerry Kopacek officiating. Visitation will be held on Sunday, Nov. 4, at Our Lady of Lourdes from 1-3 p.m., and continue one hour prior to the service at the church on Monday. Burial will be in Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Cemetery.
Clement Francis Kofron was born on Oct. 8, 1937, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, the son of Edward F. and Mary J. Bonn Kofron. He graduated from Cedar Falls High School in 1956. On Dec. 22, 1962, he married Betty L. Luitjens at St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in Cedar Falls. Together the couple moved to a farm in rural Lime Springs in March 1964. They added a 6,500 capacity chicken house building to the farm. Clem worked hard at running the farm and also worked at Donaldson’s in Cresco for 26 years. He was an active member of Our Lady of Lourdes for many years.
He loved everything about the outdoors. Along with Betty, they maintained huge gardens and loved sharing the fruits of their labor from these gardens with their children and neighbors alike. Clem could often be seen walking the road behind the farm. He walked two-plus miles a day for many years. The couple loved to drive out west to see all of the national parks. In 2004, he retired from Donaldson’s and in 2005 he took his lifelong dream trip to Alaska. He loved to reminisce about this trip with anyone who would listen.
Clem spent the past year-and-a-half at The Patty Elwood Center, where he received excellent care from all of the loving nursing staff, as well as Howard County Community Hospice. Even during this difficult part of his journey, Clem lived his life with grace and dignity. The family is very grateful for all of this wonderful care.
Clem is survived by his children, Karen (Mark) Margotta of Oronoco, Minn., Connie (Jeff) Dutton of Swisher, Iowa, Jean (Shane) Bolling of Denver, Colo. and their son, Jesse, Terry (Debi) Kofron of Des Moines, Iowa and their children, Caylee, Sam and Will, and Lisa (John) Henry of Waterloo, Iowa and their children, Riley, Emily, Abby and Logan; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Viola Kofron, Darlene Itzen and Bonnie and Roger Behrens.
He was preceded in death by his wife, Betty; parents, Edward and Mary Kofron; brothers and sisters-in-law, Robert Kofron, Tom and Gladys Kofron, Charlie Kofron and Philip and Cordel Kofron; sister and brother-in-law, Mary Jo (Kofron) and Roger Fiscus; father and mother-in-law, Lewis and Minnie Luitjens; brothers and sisters-in-law, Ronnie Itzen, Larry and Carol (Luitjens) Bruhn; and many other loved Kofron relatives.
Memorials may be directed to Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Howard County Community Hospice or The Patty Elwood Center.