Richard “Rich” B. Kliewer, 71, passed away expectantly at his home in Hesston on April 13, 2017 after recovering from a long illness. He was born December 6, 1945 to Herman and Verna Mae (Regier) Kliewer Epp in Aurora, Nebraska.
Richard attended Aurora High School two years as a top and well known athlete in football, basketball and track. He then switched to Henderson High School where he again was a great athlete. In track he broke records that still exist. He was Homecoming King, President of his class and baritone player in the band. He graduated in 1964.
He was a member of the Mennonite Brethren Church in Henderson.
Richard attended Tabor College in Hillsboro three years on a basketball scholarship and quit due to a sports injury. He then moved to Halstead where he worked as a Surgical Technician for two years at the Halstead Hospital. He worked at Mobile Oil Company and later at Hesston Corporation for 26 years. Due to health problems, he retired at the age of 55.
In the past, he had enjoyed fishing and camping at Marion Reservoir and he received several Distinguished Angler Awards from Kansas Fish and Game Commission. He was a championship bowler at the Halstead Bowling Alley in the 1970’s. He loved gardening, classic country music, stamp and coin collecting and was a Nebraska Huskers fan.
He was married to Marcia A. Wilson and had a step-son Blaine A. Thomas. They later parted but in the last few years, Marcia was a caregiver to him.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Step-Father Adolph Epp and sister Betty Penner.
He is survived by a brother Ardean (Jackie) Kliewer, Minnesota, nieces Sharon Penner and Donna Penner Cabaniss, 2 step-sisters, Sharon Orr and Janet Kliewer, nephew Clinton Kliewer, niece Amy Nelson, 2 great-nieces, a great-nephew and many cousins.
Graveside Services are private with burial in Greenwood Cemetery. Pastor Dave Froese will preside.
Memorials are suggested to Mennonite Brethren Church in Henderson, Nebraska and sent in care of Petersen Funeral Home.