SAVANNA—Earl Charles Klippert, 99, of Savanna, died Monday, April 22, 2019, at Big Meadows Nursing Home, Savanna.

Cremation rites will be accorded and a private family burial will take place in Savanna Township Cemetery at a later date. Online condolences may be left for the family at www.lawjonesfueneralhome.com.

He was born June 2, 1919, on the Saskatchewan Canada Prairie, the son of Spencer and Mary Ellen (Garner) Klippert.

Along with his parents and two brothers, George and Ross, they farmed the land by depending on each other through hard work and being responsible for themselves. Because of this experience, he was able to provide for his own family later on in life through dedication and sacrifice.

He proudly served in the Royal Canadian Air Force in the Yukon during World War II. In 1946, Dad met the love of his life, Helen M. Roseke, at a dance in Edmonton, Alberta. Mom and Dad were united in marriage July 16, 1947. After they were married, they moved to Hanover and later moved to Savanna in 1962. Mom and Dad enjoyed 67 years of marriage until Mom's passing on June 28, 2014.

Dad worked at Savanna Fabricators and later for the Chrysler Assembly Plant in Belvidere. Mom and Dad both enjoyed dancing, bowling, golfing, gardening and cross-country skiing in the Palisades Park. They also enjoyed taking family trips to Canada, camping along the way.

Dad will be dearly missed by his three sons, Brian (Christine) Klippert of Round Lake Beach, Scott Klippert (Sharon) of Lake Stevens, Wash., and Dean Klippert of Dallas, Texas; and three grandchildren, Shane, Hailey and Brian Jeffrey Klippert.

Earl was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; and two brothers, Ross and George Klippert.

My two brothers and I will always cherish the time spent growing up in Savanna with a father and mother whose loving dedication gave us so much. Loyal, honorable, hardworking and loving. That was our Dad.