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Dr. Kenneth J. Klabunde

Dr. Kenneth J. Klabunde Dr. Kenneth J. Klabunde, age 73, of Manhattan, died April 28, 2017, at the Kansas University Medical Center. He was born May 30, 1943, in Madison, Wisconsin, the son of Vernon and Anita (Daniels) Klabunde. The family later moved to Davenport, Iowa where he grew up. He is preceded in death by his parents.

Dr. Klabunde received his BA from Augustana College, majoring in Chemistry, and his PhD from the University of Iowa in 1969. After doing postdoctoral work at Penn State University, he was hired by the University of North Dakota in Grand Forks. In 1979, he moved to Manhattan to become the Head of the Department of Chemistry at Kansas State University. He was named a University Distinguished Professor, and he was the founder of NanoScale Corporation. In the course of his 43-year career, he authored over 500 scholarly publications and books, filed over 20 patents, and received numerous awards, including the Olin Petefish Award in the Basic Sciences for 1995, the 1998 Midwest Award from the American Chemical Society, the Huck Boyd Award as Kansan of the Year in Technology in 2002, the Popular Mechanics “Breakthrough Award” in 2005, the Women in Engineering and Sciences Award for "Making a Difference" in 2005, and the Iman Award for Excellence in Research in 2008. He was named a Fellow of the ACS Industrial and Engineering Division in 2009. He was especially proud of the achievements of the many students he mentored. He was a member of several professional organizations including the American Chemical Society, Alpha Chi Sigma, Phi Lambda Upsilon and Sigma Xi.

On April 8, 1967, Ken married Linda Blow in Moline, Illinois; they recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Over the years, Ken and Linda traveled extensively. They’ve been to countries all over Europe, Asia, South America, and Australia. But Ken’s favorite moments were spent at the log house on Table Rock Lake in Missouri where Ken loved boating, water-skiing, and fishing with his grandsons. “Christmas at the Log House” was magic.

As a devout Christian, Ken was an active member and leader of Peace Lutheran Church and the University Christian Church in Manhattan. He was also an affiliate member of Trinity Presbyterian Church in Shell Knob, Missouri. Later in his life, he became a member of the Gideons International, distributing hundreds of Bibles in the last four years of his life.

Ken’s wife, Linda, survives of the home. Additional survivors include their three children: Sara Huter and her husband Daryl of Derby, KS, David Klabunde of Manhattan, and John Klabunde of Elgin, TX; two grandsons: Erik and Tyler Huter; and four siblings: Kitty Beth Collins of Spooner, WI, Kristine Klein of West Branch, IA, Karter Klabunde of Davenport, IA, and Roger Klabunde of Frankfort, MI.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 A.M. Thursday, May 4th, at the University Christian Church Chapel. Interment will follow at the Sunrise Cemetery in Manhattan.

The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:30 P.M. Wednesday, May 3rd, at the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home in Manhattan, Kansas.

Online condolences may be left for the family by clicking on "Send Condolences" on this page.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Big Lakes Foundation or the Gideons International. Contributions may be left in care of the Yorgensen-Meloan-Londeen Funeral Home at 1616 Poyntz Ave, Manhattan, KS 66502.

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