Wayne W. Klemme

October 29, 1940August 7, 2018

Wayne Werner Klemme, 77, passed away at his home on Tuesday, August 7, 2018 surrounded by his family. Funeral services will be held at 10:00 on Saturday, August 11, 2018 in the Runge Mortuary Chapel with a one hour visitation prior to the service. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association. Online tributes and condolences may be expressed at Wayne was born in McCausland, Iowa on October 29, 1940 to Fred and Marie (Schiesser) Klemme. He was raised and lived in Davenport. Wayne spent his whole adult life working in the Transportation Industry, almost 20 years with Yellow Freight in sales and management and the last 30 years as owner of Liberty Transportation. He married Donetta Louise Werner on June 22, 1957. His favorite pastimes were motorcycles, golfing with friends, and watching his family grow up. Wayne is survived by his wife of 61 years and their six children: Barb (Bob) West, Mt. Sterling, IA., Thomas Klemme, Joseph (Paulette) Klemme, Daniel Klemme, Judy (Ed) Grothus and Terri Klemme all of Davenport, fifteen grandchildren: Michael Bullock, who lived with them while growing up, Michael and Steven Klemme, Ben, Brady Klemme and Becky McGinnis, Brunson, Bryon, Brody and Bradley Grothus, Emily Bitterman, Tony Pacunas, Nate Steen, Bailey and Ryan Sandman; eighteen great-grandchildren A special thanks to great granddaughter, Isabella Bullock, for spending time and taking care of “Papa Wayne”. Wayne is also survived by four brothers, Richard, Ronald, Roger and Randall. He was preceded in death by his parents.


  • Fred K. Klemme, Father
  • Marie (Schiesser) Klemme, Mother
  • Donetta (Werner) Klemme, Wife
  • Barb (Bob) West, Daughter
  • Thomas Klemme, Son
  • Joseph (Paulette) Klemme, Son
  • Daniel Klemme, Son
  • Judy (Ed) Grothus, Daughter
  • Terri Klemme, Daughter
  • Michael Bullock, Grandchild
  • Michael Klemme, Grandchild
  • Steven Klemme, Grandchild
  • Ben Klemme, Grandchild
  • Brady Klemme, Grandchild
  • Becky McGinnis, Grandchild
  • Brunson Grothus, Grandchild
  • Bryon Grothus, Grandchild
  • Brody Grothus, Grandchild
  • Bradley Grothus, Grandchild
  • Emily Bitterman, Grandchild
  • Tony Pacunas, Grandchild
  • Nate Steen, Grandchild
  • Bailey Sandman, Grandchild
  • Ryan Sandman, Grandchild
  • Richard Klemme, Brother
  • Ronald Klemme, Brother
  • Roger Klemme, Brother
  • Randall Klemme, Brother
  • Wayne is also survived by eighteen great-grandchildren. And a special thanks to great granddaughter, Isabella Bullock, for spending time and taking care of “Papa Wayne”.

  • Michael Bullock
  • Ben Klemme
  • Brady Klemme
  • Brunson Grothus
  • Bryon Grothus
  • Brody Grothus
  • Michael Bitterman
  • Tony Pacunas


  • Visitation Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 11, 2018

Wayne W. Klemme

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linda Faso

August 14, 2018

Wayne was my husbands best friend for more than 65 years. Even though Jim moved away, they never lost touch and saw each other almost yearly over all those years. Jim saw Wayne and Donetta the end of May specifically to see him again knowing it would be the last time. Jim will forever love him, and cherish the wonderful friendship and memories they shared and will miss him forever.
Wayne was a good person and friend who loved his family and will be missed by many. Rest in peace friend and know you were loved. We will miss your laugh and the wonderful attitude you had about life and all it entailed. A light in the world has gone out. You will never be forgotten.

Linda and Jim Faso

Art Kemp

August 13, 2018


Dave Stewart

August 13, 2018

My condolences to all the family hearts are always heavy in this time.

Dave Emerick

August 11, 2018

To All,

Wayne was a special friend that I will always hold in my heart. He was a STAND-UP guy who accepted you for who you were without reservation if you were honest and showed equal respect with him. I have many very fond memories of our relationship and will always think of him as one of my friends who was always there when I needed a hero in life. I didn't have many hero's and will always have a place in my heart for his friendship and understanding of my somewhat misguidance in my steps in life and ultimate decisions of where I landed as a result. I'm going to miss Wayne.

matt & shelley lucas

August 11, 2018

Donetta, you and Wayne made up such a very special couple !! ..............

Diana Kelley

August 11, 2018

He was my gentle giant will miss him love seeing him after golf and the good times we had at Gunchies years ago rest in peace Lady Di

Don Hauer

August 10, 2018

Judy and Ed

So sorry for your loss prayers are with you and your family

Don and Karen Hauer

American Heart Association

August 8, 2018

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Michael Bitterman

August 8, 2018

I was honored to have known Grandpa Wayne for the past 10 years. He always treated me like a grandson. His stories were legendary, and always brought laughter to the room. I cannot express enough how lucky I am to have married into his family. I want to give my deepest condolences to the family, and offer many thoughts and prayers to “pink” Grandma. Love you all, you’re all amazing people.