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Eugene Klendworth

August 9, 1929 — February 24, 2016

Dana- Eugene L. "Muscles" Klendworth, 86, of Dana passed away at 1:00a.m. on Wednesday, February 24, 2016 at his residence.

He was born on August 9, 1929 in Dana, IL a son of Dewey and Mayme ( Defenbaugh) Klendworth. He married Lila M. Leonard on April 2, 1950 in Dana, IL. She survives.

Survivors also include one daughter, Connie Sue Klendworth of Minonk, IL; one son, Mark Eugene Klendworth of Dana, IL; two granddaughters, Kristi (Nick) Hakes of Minonk, IL; Kaci Klendworth(Jeremy Arndt) of Washington; one great grandson, Brycen Mark Hakes; one great-granddaughter, Leighton Marie Arndt.

He was preceded in death by his parents, one brother, Duke Defenbaugh, two infant sisters and one infant brother.

Eugene farmed in the Dana area all of his life, retiring in 1994. He was also a salesman and district sales manager with the Moorman Manufacturing Company in Quincy, IL for 20 years.

Eugene was one of the original fireman when the Dana Fire Protection District was formed in 1954 and retired from the department after 28 years of service in 1982. Eugene had served as a village board member, president of Tall Oaks Country Club in Toluca, IL, Dana Fire Protection District, former member of the Masonic Lodge in Longpoint, IL. He was also a member of the Rutland American Legion.

Eugene served his country in the United States Army, serving the rank of Private First Class.

He had a passion for golf. He loved animals and farming, and was well known for his wit. He and Lila enjoyed wintering in Venice, FL for 25 years. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, and great-grandfather who was generous in many ways and will be dearly missed by us all.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 27, 2016 at Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Minonk. Reverend Ivy Silas will officiate. Visitation will be on Saturday from 9-11a.m. prior to the funeral services at the funeral home. Military rites will be accorded at the funeral home after the funeral services. Cremation rites will be accorded following funeral services and burial will be at a later date in Dana Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be directed to the Dana Fire Department. Online condolences and tributes may be sent to the family at


FEB 27. 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (CST)

Ruestman-Harris - Minonk
775 North Chestnut Street
Minonk, IL 61760

Funeral Service

FEB 27. 11:00 AM (CST)

Ruestman-Harris - Minonk
775 North Chestnut Street
Minonk, IL 61760

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