Gary Kluever (1941 – 2022) obituary – Atlantic and Nevada, IA


Dr. Gary “Doc” H. Kluever, DVM, 80, of Atlantic and Nevada, died Wednesday, January 26, 2022 in Lady Lake, Florida.
Doc was born on November 22, 1941 in Atlantic, to J. Howard and Marguerite (Smith) Kluever. He joined his sister, Connie, and grew up on Walnut Street, next to Dr. Orville Hillhouse, a local veterinarian. At a very young age, Doc developed a healthy admiration and love for Doc and Mary Lou Hillhouse. They were like a second family to him, teaching him to serve others while making calls throughout Cass County and working out of their clinic located on Fourth and Elm Street. He learned the value of hard work, the importance of good customer relations, and looking at a problem from all angles. He will retain these skills for the rest of his life. He enjoyed playing football, baseball, and trombone for Atlantic High School. After graduating in 1959, he attended Iowa State University where he earned his BS in Animal Science. He was an active member of the Farm House Fraternity. He applied and was accepted to the Iowa State College of Veterinary Medicine in 1962 and graduated in 1966 ready to practice veterinary medicine.
Gary met the love of his life at Atlantic High School. He was 16 and Sherry was 14 when they started dating and never stopped. They attended all the school functions together and went to the movies at the Atlantic Theatre. They married on August 22, 1964, after Sherry completed her nursing training while Gary was in veterinary school.
Doc Kluever first practiced in Washington, Iowa and Marcus. In 1974, Gary and Sherry returned to Atlantic and built their home on the Kluever family land where they raised their three children. Gary began working with Dr. Keith Leonard and Dr. Richard Odgaard at the Atlantic Animal Health Center. In 1975 Doc took over the Hillhouse firm and worked alongside Mary Lou. He has served his clients tirelessly, day and night, for over 20 years. After closing his practice, he worked for Continental Feed and Grain and Hubbard Feed and Grain. He was a consultant in swine health and nutrition. He lectured farmers and vendors on how to maximize their product and their operation. Gary had a love for the Lord and took this opportunity to spread the word of Jesus. He began each of his classes with Psalm 118:24 “Today is the day the Lord has made, let us rejoice and be glad.” Every day Doc rejoiced and was happy, he is well known for living by his words! He ended his long career working in various capacities for the government and really enjoyed a special assignment in California working with avian influenza in birds. He will always be remembered as a hardworking, respected and intelligent man, generous with his time, skills and resources.
While in the Atlantic, Doc was active with the ISU Alumni Association, 4H, Cass County Fair Board, served as a Cass County and Iowa State Fair veterinarian, served as a board member of Zion Lutheran Church and an avid Chicago Cubs and ISU Cyclones fan. When he wasn’t working or volunteering, Doc could be found on adventures with his family, playing bridge with friends, golfing, or enjoying a fishing trip in Canada.
After Doc retired, he increased the number of his fishing trips to Canada and traveled more regularly. Gary and Sherry traveled extensively to Europe, Hawaii, Mexico and New York to visit his sister, Connie. Gary has always had a love for American history and the study of Native American cultures. He made trips all over the United States to as many historic sites as possible. The couple enjoyed attending Broadway shows, symphonies, choir concerts, ballets and many Civic Center events.
As husband and father, Doc was relentlessly happy, humorous, devoted and loving. His children remember him for working hard but always making time to have fun. They loved learning agriculture, animals and science from him. He could never tire of his grandchildren and was often heard expressing his affection for them and the rest of his family.
He is survived by his wife, Sherry (Knop) Kluever of Nevada, Iowa; son, Darren Kluever; daughter, Lynne Kluever; son, Christopher (Kim) Kluever; grandchildren, Haley (Ben) Valkema, Christian Kluever and Callan Kluever; in-laws, cousins, nieces and nephews.
He is predeceased by his parents, J. Howard and Marguerite Kluever; and his sister, Connie Kluever.
The funeral will be at 10:30 a.m. on Friday, February 4 at the Memorial Lutheran Church in Ames. A short visit in the presence of the family will take place from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the service.
Visitation will be held from 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, February 4, at Roland Funeral Home in Atlantic.
A second funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 5 at Zion Lutheran Church in Atlantic. Burial will be in Atlantic Cemetery in Atlantic. The family invites attendees to return to the Zion Lutheran Church Communion Hall for refreshments after the burial.
Memorials may be made to the family for further designation to the Atlantic Pantry or a scholarship fund for the Department of Veterinary Medicine at Iowa State University.
Roland Funeral Service takes care of Doc’s family and arrangements. Condolences may be posted at www.rolandfuneralservice.com.

Published by Atlantic News Telegraph on February 2, 2022.

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