Gardening 10

Marvin R. Klooz

September 16, 1932 ~ December 28, 2021 (age 89)


Marvin R.  Klooz, age 89, of McCook, NE passed away at his home near McCook on December 28, 2021.

Marvin was born September 16, 1932 in Farnam, NE to parents Harvey and Elizabeth (Rice) Klooz.  He was one of five siblings who attended school in Farnam, graduating from Farnam High School with the Class of 1950.  Shortly after graduation, Marvin was stricken with polio taking him almost two years to recover before he was finally able to further his education. In 1956, Marvin graduated from the University of Nebraska with a Bachelor’s degree in business administration. 

Marvin married Ruthann (Lennemann) Klooz at the St. Patrick's Catholic Church in McCook on July 21, 1956; and to this union two daughters were born.  Marvin worked for an insurance company as a regional representative and was able to travel regularly, servicing several states until finally changing career paths in 1968. In that year he and Ruthann purchased his family farm south of Farnam making it a third generation property. During that time, they made their home in the McCook area until finally moving to Ruthann’s family farm in 1974 and living out the remainder of their years. 

Marvin’s love of farming and agricultural science yielded several new endeavors throughout his life, including a 15-acre orchard and garden that the couple planted in their early 50’s. They kept bees and harvested local honey, ran a 3-acre asparagus patch, and sold an enormous variety of fruits and vegetables at their Klooz Farm Market, which became a regional icon for fresh produce over the years.

He enjoyed supporting his daughters and their athletic endeavors and was just as supportive towards his grandchildren’s pursuits. He enjoyed talking with friends and strangers alike about gardening, teaching and giving advice when he could. He was a generous and unshakable figure to many who knew him. His resilience and overall joy of life was always an inspiration to his family and friends.

Marvin was preceded in death by his parents; wife, Ruthann Klooz; a daughter Kathy Matson; one brother, Clark Klooz; two sisters, Dorothy Hansen and Evelyn Arnold.  

Marvin is survived by his daughter Dr. Karen Hunter of McCook, NE; son-in-law Gary Matson of Denver, CO; sister, Eva Reichelderfer of Mineral Wells, TX; grandchildren Logan Hunter (Hannah) of Little Rock, AR; Austin Hunter (Jordan) of Trenton NE; Valerie Loghry of Trenton, NE; and Julia Matson, Denise Matson, David Matson and Sam Matson all of Omaha. Also surviving are numerous great grandchildren, extended family, and friends.  

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Recitation of the Rosary
December 29, 2021

7:00 PM
Carpenter Breland Funeral Home
305 West C Street
McCook, NE 69001

Funeral Mass
December 30, 2021

10:30 AM
St. Patrick's Catholic Church
409 East F St
McCook, NE 69001

December 30, 2021

Calvary Cemetery
Hwy 83 and J Street
McCook, NE 69001

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