Joseph LeRoy ‘Joe’ Klingaman, 36, of rural Yuba died Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014 at the Vernon Manor in Viroqua after a two year battle with sarcoma cancer.
He was born June 11, 1978 in Richland Center, the son of Robert and Loretta (Beckwith) Klingaman. Joe graduated from Kickapoo High School in 1996 and MATC in 1998 with a degree in ag mechanics. He went to work for John Deere in Hillsboro and later Dean Foods in Richland Center. In 2011 Joe followed his heart back to farming, starting his own farm after helping his parents on the family farm since the age of 8. He enjoyed loud Ford trucks, deer hunting, and recently woodcarving with his daughters. Joe loved every moment he shared with his daughters Cheyenne and Tabitha.
Whenever Joe was asked about his cancer, his response was always the same, ‘It is what it is,’ and he never complained.
Joe is survived by his daughters: Cheyenne and Tabitha; parents: Robert and Loretta Klingaman of rural Yuba; sister: Christina (Andy) McCauley of rural Yuba; nephew and niece: Treyten and Tianna; grandmother: Bernice Beckwith of LaFarge; aunts and uncles: Gloria Deaver of LaFarge, Linda (Jay) Kidd of Cazenovia, Glenda Jansen of Richland Center, Gary (Marj) Beckwith of Hillsboro, Auntie Ellen Klock of Rockbridge, Marilyn (Carlyle) Peckham of Richland Center; special cousin: Melissa Beckwith of Muscoda; special friend: Pete Kerner of Antigo; many cousins and friends.
Joe was preceded in death by his grandfathers, Delmer Beckwith and Joe Klingaman; and uncle, Larry Beckwith.
Funeral services were held on Sunday, Nov. 16, 2014 at 1 p.m. at the Pratt Memorial Chapel with Randy Sanders and Mark Hamann, with burial following at Woodstock Cemetery. Friends called at the Pratt Memorial Chapel on Nov. 16 from 11 a.m. until the time of the service at 1 p.m.
The Pratt Funeral and Cremation Service assisted the family with their arrangements. Online condolences can be made at prattfuneralservice.com.