PORT BYRON — Arthur “Ack” Klavon, 86, of Port Byron passed away Saturday, Jan. 24, 2014, at Genesis Medical Center, Silvis. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Gibson-Bode Funeral Home, Port Byron. Visitation will be 4-8 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27, at the funeral home. Burial will be at Oak Grove Cemetery, Port Byron. Memorials may be made to Fairfield United Methodist Church.
Art was born in Geneseo, Ill., on Dec. 24, 1927, the son of Clark and Edna (Petersen) Klavon. He married Luanne Frits in October 1951 at Zion Lutheran Church, East Moline. Art served our country in Japan during World War II and was proud to be recognized as the first person to enlist in the Army at that time. After his retirement in 1984 from Standard Oil, Buffalo, Iowa, Art was able to really enjoy his many hobbies, consisting of hunting, fishing, arrowhead and gun collecting and gardening. Art was very well known for selling wonderful fresh produce from their front yard. In 1981, Art and Luanne built and ran Ack’s Acres, catering many events until closing the facility in 1986. Art also was an avid Chicago Bears, Chicago Cubs and Illini fan.
He is survived by his spouse, Luanne; four children and their spouses, Annette (Steve) Killinger, Hillsdale, Gary (Kris) Klavon, Port Byron, Vonnie (Bill) Mitton, Port Byron, and Dale (Deb) Klavon, Port Byron; 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren; five surviving siblings, Ruth Erdman, Violet and Marv Causemaker, Lois and Wayne Misfeldt, William and Kay Klavon and Judy Cross. Art will be missed by all and especially by his trusted dog, Oscar.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and siblings, Shirley Dhamers, Walt Klavon, June Kleineau, Hazel Misfeldt, Evelyn Klavon and Robert Klavon.
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