Donald Keith Klepper, 75, of Missoula, passed away December 20, 2016 at Community Medical Center of congestive heart failure.
He was born March 9, 1941 in Havre Montana. He attended Missoula area schools and served in the US Marine Corps Reserve. Don received a BS of Education and Masters in Chemistry and Biology from University of Montana. He taught in Missoula and Alaska and served as high school principal in Fairbanks Alaska. He received a PhD at New Mexico State University in Educational Management.
Don served as Director of Human Resources for School District 1 from 1983 – 1994. He was also a Labor Relations consultant, proficient in bargaining contracts, arbitrations, and risk management. He was a past member of the Montana Board of Personnel Appeals.
From his earliest days, and throughout his entire life, Don was a natural born leader, hunter, fisherman, and family story teller. He was a caring and compassionate person who helped others in need. The sound of his laughter is one of his greatest gifts that lives on in the hearts of his extended family.
Don is survived by his wife of 53 years, Janet; two daughters Laurie Obom (Mark), Amy Pearson (Charles); son Greg Klepper; granddaughter Rachel Neff (Jacob), grandson Blake Rowe; four great grandchildren; sisters Diane Brady (Jim), Vicki Simonsen (Lorence); brothers Greg (Marylene), Stephen (Mariyah). He was preceded in death by parents Don and Vivian Klepper, sister Marilyn Cyrus, nephews Jeff Klepper and Michael McLain.
A memorial service will be held at 11:00 am on Friday, March 24, 2017 at Sunset Memorial Funeral Home. Condolences for Don’s family may be left at www.sunsetfuneralhomecemetery.com