Marty at Pittam reunion  2009
Marty Kloppenborg
  • 53 years old
  • Date of birth: Mar 18, 1958
  • Place of birth:
    Kimball, Nebraska, United States
  • Date of passing: Oct 16, 2011
  • Place of passing:
    Gillette, Wyoming, United States
Be still and know that I am God. Ps 46:10

Martin Alvin Kloppenborg (Marty), 53 years old, passed away due to an automobile accident on Sunday, October 16, 2011, near Gillette Wyoming.   The funeral services will be held at 10:00am on Saturday, October 22, 2011, at the United Methodist Church in O’Neill Nebraska, with visitation starting one hour before the service.  Pastor Craig Collins will be officiating. 

Music will be presented by Al Reynoldson, David Lee, Pat Robertson, and Doug Wright.   Pallbearers are Scott Keyes, Dean Sidak, Wayne Hille, Nick Schaaf, Gary Connot, and Dave Murphy, Jardd Anderson, and Teito Killian.   The honorary pall bearers are the members of The Church Band.

Burial will be at the St. Joseph’s Catholic Cemetery in Atkinson Nebraska following the service.  Seger Funeral home is in charge of the arrangements. 

Marty was born on March 18, 1958 in Kimball Nebraska.  He was the son of Donald and Jacqueline (Hoke) Kloppenborg.

He lived near or in Emmet Nebraska all his life and attended grade school in Emmet and graduated from high school in O’Neill.  He attended agricultural school in Curtis Nebraska for 18 months. 

 Marty married Charlotte (Chuck) Marcellus June 21, 1980 in Atkinson Nebraska.  To this union 3 daughters were born. 

        Marty always lived life to the fullest and was accomplished in many things.  He had a beautiful bass singing voice and performed with his brothers in “The Church Band.”  Marty got to live his dream, raising and selling his game birds.  For the last 15 years he spent most of every day working towards fulfilling that dream, and loving every minute of it.

                Marty was happiest when he was spending time with his family and friends.  It could be said that Marty never met a stranger.  He always had a big smile, a wave and a story to tell to everyone he met.

                Marty’s greatest love and passion was for those who survive him, his  best friend, his wife of 31 years, Chuck, his three daughters and their husbands, “my favorite boys”,  Nikole Engelberg and husband Jeremy of Wentzville, Missouri, Holly Kay Cole and husband Tyson of Page, Nebraska, and Danielle Sargent and husband Brett of Piedmont, South Dakota.  His three beautiful grandchildren, Isabella and Carson Engelberg and Evan John Cole.  His parents  Don and Jackie Kloppenborg of Emmet, two brothers  Kirby and wife Kathy and Kelly and wife Terry both of Emmet, and one sister Laurie O’Neill of Emmet.  Mother-in-law Angie Marcellus of Atkinson; 6 sisters-in-law and 6 brothers-in-law on Chuck’s side.  He was a favorite to all his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and his many, many friends.

                Marty was preceded in death by his grandparents and his father-in-law, Don Marcellus.

Memorial Tributes
This tribute was added by Rose Vrooman on 16th October 2015

"Marty--you are still remembered, still missed!"

This tribute was added by Chuck Kloppenborg on 18th March 2014

"Happy Birthday baby!  Today just sucks.  I talk about you all the time to our 6 grandbabies!  Today, Bella made you a birthday card.  She is holding hands with you in the picture she drew. Then she went outside and held it up high to show you. So much love for her Papa Marty!  I love you and can't wait until we are together again! Always your wife, Chuck"

This tribute was added by julie eakin on 18th March 2014

"I remember Marty in so many ways... The background photo on my cell phone (Marty and Dean building Holly's deck), every time I connect with my Nebraska family, anytime I see 'Quail' in my outings and every time one of us says "CHICKENS" we all go back in our minds to the family reunion camp fire, sippin on Roger's moon shine, falling out of our chairs listening to "Marty and Brothers" jokes! Some of our best days and best memories... Never forgotten! Love you all so much! -Julie"

This tribute was added by Rose Vrooman on 20th October 2013

"Marty you are one of the greatest guys I ever met. So glad it was you that was my friend Chuck's soul mate. I'll never forget your great humor or the way you sang the Auctioneer still make me smile!"

This tribute was added by julie eakin on 16th October 2013

"For my favorite cousin named Marty :)

You are remembered often for all of the good times, funny stories, side-splitting jokes and corny inventions that never got discovered. Your legacy lives on through your beautiful family and wonderful friends. Miss you so much, Love you forever - Julie"

This tribute was added by Chuck Kloppenborg on 16th October 2013

"Hi baby, it's been two years and two days since I last said good-bye with a kiss and a smile. I still find myself waiting for you to come in and say, "Honey, I'm home!". I am happy for you but so sad for us! Thank you for the 35 years we had together. Enjoy Heaven honey, you deserve it!  I love you as much today as the day we said "I do"!"

This tribute was added by tito killian on 16th October 2013

"It's been two years since you left us for a better place, but you have not been forgotten.  I still catch myself thinking I'll just call Marty for some of his Martyisms or just his take on things.  I miss your friendship dearly.  I try to stay in touch with Chuck but it"s not nearly often enough but I do hope she knows I'm here for her."

This tribute was added by tito killian on 16th October 2012

"Well it's been a year.  I can't tell you how much I miss your friendship, advice and just talking to you!  This business is not the same without you.  A lot of the fun has gone away.  At times I feel like a stranger in a strange land without you.  You are my brother from another mother!!!"

This tribute was added by tito killian on 20th April 2012

"Marty I met you through the gamebird business and because of these quail gained a friend that I will forever miss.  Not a day goes by that I do not think of you.  I miss your jokes, quick wit, advice but most of all I miss your friendship!  The world and mine were a better place because of you.  A new season of raising birds has started and it is not the same without you. You brought joy!"

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