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Franklin Klomparens



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Franklin Klomparens, age 85 of Lowell, passed away Monday, November 9, 2020 at Maple Ridge Manor. The son of Henry & Marguerite (Gilmore) Klomparens, he was born November 10, 1934. Frank was a proud veteran of the United States Navy.

He was an Eagle Scout, member of school & church choirs and golf teams. He attended Hope College and graduated from Western Michigan University in 1959.  Frank was employed by Jackson Public Schools for over 30 years as an Industrial Education teacher.  He served as a Deacon and Elder in the Presbyterian Church.

Frank was preceded in death by his wife of 55 years, Dolores.  He is survived by his three daughters, Debra (Thomas) Vincent of Greensboro, NC, Susan (Mark) Kuzee of Lowell, MI, and Linda (Edward) Ezinga of Grand Haven, MI.  Frank was blessed with four grandchildren, Jacob Vincent, Duncan (Carol) Vincent, Emily (Jake) Brickey and Maggie Ezinga; and three great-grandchildren, Oscar and Lucy Vincent and Max Brickey.

One of Frank’s noted quotes was “It’s not what you gather, but what you scatter that tells what kind of life you have lived.”  To know Frank, you know that he liked to scatter his quiet, yet clever sense of humor, his long-term friendships, his Bridge tips, his garden ideas, his woodworking skills and his golf expertise.  He loved to build and fix, picnic at Ottawa Beach, mow his lawn, blow the snow off the driveway, eat dessert and listen to his wife play the piano.

Burial will take place at a later date at Rosedale Cemetery in Grand Rapids, MI.  Memorial contributions can be sent in Frank’s honor to Hand2Hand, a West Michigan non-profit that provides schoolchildren with backpacks of nutritious food for the weekends.  See their website at

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