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Peter William Klemp passed away peacefully in his sleep at the William W. Fox Developmental Center in Dwight, IL on July 6, 2020 where he was a long time resident. He was born February 4, 1961, in Highland Park, IL, the special child of Joan Frable Klemp and John Joseph Klemp. Peter’s smile, sense of humor, and outgoing personality were the lights of Fox Center and the entire Dwight community.
At Fox Developmental Center, Peter touched many lives and was the light and life of his unit, 3C. He was Vice President of the Resident Council, as well as the Coordinator of the White Paper Project. He was well-loved by everyone that knew him, and his wit and charm will be truly missed.
Peter loved going to his workplace, Futures Unlimited, Inc. in Dwight, a vocational program where he developed skills in all areas of life through learning activities and made many friends. He worked tirelessly on arts and crafts, music, life skills, celebrating holidays, and playing pranks on staff. He held a leadership role in Aktion Club, providing community outreach to Dwight.
Peter loved walks to the park, picnics, and outdoor activities, especially Harvest Days, and many outings in the community. He attended St. Patrick’s Church, Dwight, where a Mass of Remembrance will be held at a later date in August.
Peter was preceded in death by his parents, Joan and John. He is survived by his sister, Marie (Brian) McNamara, nephews, Leo (Jessica) McNamara, of Minneapolis, MN, Brendan McNamara, St. Paul, MN, and Ian McNamara, Pequot Lakes, MN; great nieces Nora and Maeve, and great nephew Amir; special cousins David, Jeff, and Todd Klemp; and his “Partner in Crime” from 3C, David. The family is especially grateful for the exceptional care Peter received at Fox Center, provided by skilled and dedicated technicians and a team of professionals who helped Peter live life to the fullest despite his disability.
A Memorial Mass will be held on Wednesday, August 19, 2020 at 11:00 a.m. in St. Patrick's Catholic Church, 126 West Mazon Avenue in Dwight, IL. There will be a memorial visitation from 10:00 a.m. until the time of the service at the church. Face covering requirements and measures of safe social distancing practices will be in order.
A Mass of Christian burial was held at All Saints Catholic Church, Baxter, MN, and interment followed at Camp Ripley Military Cemetery, Little Falls, MN. Peter Klemp’s name will be forever remembered with the beloved residents of Fox Center at their memorial in Mount Olivet Catholic Cemetery in Dwight. Memorials preferred to Fox Center Family and Friends, PO Box 314, Dwight, IL 60420.
Family and friends may sign the online guest book, upload photographs, or share Peter's memorial page by logging onto: www.ReevesFuneral.com/obituary/Peter-Klemp
Funeral services and arrangements have been made under the direction and care of Reeves Funeral Homes, Ltd. in Gardner (815) 237-2526
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