APLINGTON—John Richard Klahsen, 87, of Aplington, Iowa, was born the son of Klaas and Pearl (Frey) Klahsen on June 10, 1932, in Hardin Township, Hardin County, Iowa. John grew up on a farm southwest of Kesley, Iowa, where he attended country school in Bear Grove through eighth grade. John was a 1950 graduate of Aplington High School. After graduation, he worked as a heavy equipment operator for Kingsley Construction. In February 1953, John was drafted into the United States Army during the Korean War, where he served as Acting Sergeant First Class, Engineer Instructor, until his Honorable Discharge in February 1955. John then worked at Rath Packing Plant in Waterloo, Iowa, before moving to his current farm where he began farming for the next 50 years, retiring in 2008, yet continuing to live there until his death.
On Feb. 4, 1959, John was united in marriage with Francine Faye Billerbeck at the Congregational Church in Reinbeck, Iowa. John and Francine were truly soulmates and were blessed with 60 wonderful years of marriage before Francine passed away on June 2, 2019.