DES MOINES - Joseph Klepke, 57, of Des Moines, passed away Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, at his home in Des Moines. The Surls Funeral Home of Iowa Falls is assisting the family.

Joseph August Klepke was born Feb. 18, 1961, to James and Lavonne Hansen. His parents died at a young age and he was raised by his grandparents, Joseph and Irene Klepke. Today, Joe would be classified as special needs. He grew up in Radcliffe and attended the Radcliffe School. When his grandparents died, he lived at the Hardin County Home. The Hardin County Home was closed, and he moved to group homes in Iowa Falls and Humboldt, the State Facility in Cherokee and finally a group home in Des Moines where he passed away Jan. 27, 2019.