|Elida Mayor Klopfenstein dies|
|Wednesday, December 25, 2013 9:00 PM|
ELIDA — After serving his community for more than 14 years, Elida Mayor Ron Klopfenstein passed away Monday afternoon.
Klopfenstein’s constituents describe him as a dedicated public servant and an active and committed leader who volunteered his time and energy to the Village of Elida and community organizations. He served as mayor for 14 years and two years on village council.
Klopfenstein was born April 11, 1938, in Anna and graduated from Anna High School. On Aug. 25, 1956, he married the former Loretta Bell. He is survived by three children, 11 grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. One child and a grandson preceded him in death.
During his life, Klopfenstein also served for years as the chairman of the Elida Community Fire Co., which was dissolved in 2007 when fire protection shifted to the American Township Fire Department.
Professionally, he served 40 years as a construction foreman as well as 30 years as a volunteer fireman, including 30 years as an advanced emergency medical technician. He also served 28 years as a state arson investigator.
Village Fiscal Officer Janet Bonifas said Klopfenstein simply worked to make Elida a better place to live.
“Ron led the village of Elida through many changes and improvements. His experience as a construction superintendent and knowledge of infrastructure systems were instrumental to the updating of the village water, wastewater and storm systems,” Bonifas said. “Ron was a hard-working, dedicated person who believed a safe, financially-sound village would make Elida a better community for all residents.”
A celebration of his life will begin at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Paul United Methodist Church, Elida. See full obituary on page 2.