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Peterseim Funeral Home
Tuesday January 5th, 2021

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Larry "Skip" Plank

Larry “Skip” D. Plank, 80, of Kalona, passed away Friday, January 1, 2021, at the University of Iowa Hospital. A private family celebration of life will be held Tuesday, January 5, 2021, at 7:00 PM at the Peterseim Funeral Home in Kalona. The service will be available via Livestream at the Beatty Peterseim Facebook Page. A memorial fund has been established for the Kalona First Responders and the Kalona United Methodist Church.

Larry David “Skip” Plank was born March 7, 1940, in Wellman, Iowa, the son of David and Faith (Wilkins) Plank. He graduated from Wellman High School in 1959. On January 19, 1963, he was united in marriage to Karen Kepler at the Methodist Church in Kalona. He worked as an Electraforming Technician at Sheller Globe for 25 years and worked for 12 years at the University of Iowa before retiring from there in 2002. Skip was a member of the Kalona United Methodist Church, the Optimist Club of Kalona, the Odd Fellows and Fraternal Order of Eagles #965. Skip enjoyed fishing, hunting, singing in the church choir, attending his grandchildren’s activities, and visiting with folks. Skip was a friendly, kind man that never knew a stranger.

Survivors include his wife Karen of Kalona, three children: Lori (Dan) Kleopfer of Riverside, Jeff (Sandy) Plank of Iowa City, Ryan Plank of Kalona, five grandchildren: Zach (Michelle) Kleopfer, Jude (Heather), Chase, Avery and Shae Plank and a great-granddaughter Jayleigh. Also surviving are four siblings: Greg Plank, Sandra (Charles) Klopp and Jay Plank all of Wellman, and Justin Plank of South English, a sister-in-law Sharon Plank of Iowa City, and a brother-in-law, Ken Kepler of Miami, FL.

Preceding Skip in death were his parents, and two brothers: William and Fred Plank.

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We only worked together for just a few years at Sheller, at the was a long time ago, but knowing his brothers he had to have been a great guy. My condolences to Greg and Jay, miss you guys. Hope to see you again soon. Bob Albaugh 87th Engineers.

ROBERT ALBAUGH Jan 12 2021 12:00 AM

I'm sorry to hear of the passing of uncle Skip. He was a very special man to me. Helped me to realize who I am. For that I'm forever grateful. He will be missed.

Matt Gossen Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM

Megan and I we so very sorry to hear of Skip's passing. He has been a great friend of our family over the years. He always had a smile and a joke. I will always remember our hunting adventures.

Brent Reschly Jan 5 2021 12:00 AM

Skip was a good man to know his smile and jokes work with him at the UHIC sorry for your loss Karen and Family and friends

cindy strong Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

Our condolences from all the staff at Kalona Mercy Clinic. Our prayers and thoughts are with you and your family. You will be greatly missed Skip!

Jennie Rodgers Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

To Karen and the entire Plank family, we are saddened to hear of Skip's passing but know that he is in heaven with his Heavenly Father. Skip and my brother Bill were best buddies throughout high school and beyond, I remember Skip spending a lot of time at our house when I was young. He was such a good friend to many and he will always be remembered as a soft spoken, caring individual with a heart of gold! Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Linda (Nickell) Winterburn Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

Karen, Duane and I wish to extend our condolences to you and your entire family. We have good memories of both Skip and you. Please take care. Duane and Karen goodwin

Karen Goodwin Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers to Karen and the Plank family. We will always remember the great times we camping and fishing together.

Jeannie & Mick Jones Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

So sorry for your families loss!! I enjoyed talking hunting and fishing stories with Larry at Dairy Queen in Iowa City during my lunch hour. You are in our thoughts and prayers!

Mace and Kimberly Barnes Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

Dear Jeff and Sandy, You have our deepest sympathies.

Pam and Chuck Huss Jan 4 2021 12:00 AM

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