Alvin Kloeckner -- 2004
The Burlington Record, Burlington Colorado
Thursday, May 13, 2004
Longtime Kit Carson County
resident Alvin Walter Paul “Al” Kloeckner passes away Monday, May 3, 2004 at the
Presbyterian St. Luke’s Hospital in Denver. He was 74 years old. Al was born
Aug. 25 1929 north of Bethune, on the family homestead to Pauline (Kramer) and
Walter Kloeckner. He was one of five children. In 1949, during his senior year
in high school, Al was captain of football and basketball and took all-state in
both. He also played in the All-State football game in 1949. In 1950, Al went to
Otero Jr. College in La Junta, and was an all-conference champion in foot,
basketball and track.
In 1951, he went to Fort Worth,
Texas to a Dodgers baseball tryout camp. He then transferred to Colorado State
University in the spring of 1952. In the fall of 1954, Al graduated from
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, with a major in P.E. and a minor in
social studies. He received hi masters in secondary administration in 1962 from
Adams State College in Alamosa.
During all the years of Al’s
education, he married Ruby Perkins on June 11, 1950 in Burlington. To this union
four children were born: Chris, Kent, Karyla and Kandyee. On April 17, 1980
Alvin married Diane M Werner Salmons, and adopted David and Mike, as his own
children. Al had many different teaching positions across the state and in 1993,
he retired from the Sangre de Cristo High School, where he taught social studies
and coached basketball. Although Al retired, the coach in him never left. A
favorite pastime for him was going to and watching any sporting event in the
community. He always took an active interest in all the kids in the community,
and was a mentor to many.
Preceding Alvin in death were
his parents, two sons Chris and Kent, one sister Dorene Kloeckner, and one
brother, Anton Kloeckner. Al leaves behind his wife, Diane Kloeckner of
Stratton, two daughters, Karyla Cozad and her husband John of Longpine, Neb.,
and Kandyce Kloeckner or Hays, Kan., and two stepsons, David Salmans and wife
Leigh of Lafayette, and Mike Salman and wife Skeeter of Brighton. He also is
survived by two step-grandchildren, and two sisters; Hildegarde Aeschlimann and
husband Orvel of Burlington and Vera Stahlecker of Colorado Springs.
Services for Al were held
Saturday, May 8, 2004 at 10:30 a.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church in Bethune.
Pastor Roger Millheim officiated at the services and burial followed in Immanuel
Lutheran Cemetery north of Bethune. Memorial contributions may be made in Al’s
name and may be left at First National Bank of Stratton in Stratton. Funeral
arrangements were entrusted to Love Funeral Home, Burlington.