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Jerry D. Klote, age 77, of Clinton, Missouri died Tuesday, September 16, 2008 at Overland Park Regional Hospital, Overland Park, Kansas.
Funeral services were held Saturday, September 20, 2008 at Vansant-Mills Chapel, Clinton, MO, with burial in Englewood Cemetery, Clinton.
Family suggests contributions to the Clinton Animal Shelter C.A.R.E. and may be left at the funeral home. Fond memories may be left online at
Jerry was born on January 13, 1931 in Edina, Missouri, the son of Leslie and Virginia Howerton Klote. On December 26, 1950, he married Betty J. Goodwin. He was employed as an operating engineer for J.A. Tobin and Clarkson Suburban Asphalt from 1957-1972. He was the General Superintendent for Suburban Asphalt from 1973-1985. He and his wife, Betty then retired and together with his son, Gary and wife, Cathy, started Hickory Hollow Resort in Tightwad, Missouri. They were well known for the friendly hospitality shown to their clientele and the restaurant with Jerry’s special pan-fried chicken and Bar-B-Que ribs. They operated the business for eleven years.
Jerry was a member of the Tightwad Lions Club, a 25-year member of Operating Engineers Local 513, and member of the Holy Rosary Catholic Church.
Among survivors include his wife, Betty of the home, and three sons, Gary Klote and wife, Cathy, of Warrensburg, MO, Pat Klote and wife, Hope, of Olathe, Kansas, and Mike Klote and fiancée, Barbara, of Columbia, MO; seven grandchildren, Scott Klote and wife, Erin, of Rochester, Minnesota, Jamie (Klote) Fuelling and husband, Joe, of East Galesburg, Illinois, Lindsay Klote of Warrensburg, MO, Daniel Klote of Inchon, South Korea, Christopher Klote of Columbia, MO, Kourtney and Riley Klote of Olathe, KS; three great-grandchildren, Kane and Quentin Fuelling of East Galesburg, Illinois and Bailey Klote of Rochester, Minnesota; one brother, William Klote of Columbia, MO and three sisters, Charlene St. Aubin and Ann Cox and husband, Ronald, all of Columbia, MO and Margaret Schlepphorst and husband, Larry, of Quincy, IL.