Mark F. Klapperich and Levi J. Klapperich — Adams

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ADAMS — Mark F. Klapperich, 56, and his son, Levi J. Klapperich, 26, both died May 25, 2008, in a light plane accident in the Yampa Valley region of Colorado, near Steamboat Springs.

Mark Francis Klapperich was born July 1, 1951, in Austin. He grew up and attended school in Adams, graduating in 1969. He married Jorde Hovland in Austin in 1971. They relocated to Hayden, Colo., in 1980. In 1996 he married Chris Thomas in Hayden.

He was a skilled and artistic craftsman, and learned at an early age the family trade of blacksmithing. He loved the outdoors, playing cribbage and classic rock ‘n roll.

Levi Joseph Klapperich was born Aug. 24, 1981, in Steamboat Springs, Colo. He grew up in Hayden, graduating from high school in 2000. He earned an associate’s degree in Aviation Technology from CNCC and a bachelor’s degree in Aviation Technology, with a minor in Finance, from Metropolitan State College of Denver. He was engaged to marry Emily Bee.


He enjoyed flying, snowboarding, dirt-biking, basketball, football and mountain biking.

The father and son shared a passion for cars.

Mark Klapperich is survived by his wife; two daughters, Katie (Thad) Koppenhafer and Anna Bennett; a sister, Sheila (Tom) Micka; and a brother, Steve Klapperich. Other survivors include three grandchildren, Zayne and Ellen Koppenhafer, and Jillian Bennett; and three stepsons, Dylan, Jason and Matt Marchbanks.

Levi Klapperich is survived by his fiancée; his mother, Jorde (Rod) Neumiller; two sisters, Katie (Thad) Koppenhafer and Anna Bennett; his stepmother, Chris Klapperich; and five stepsiblings, Dylan, Jason and Matt Marchbanks, Clayton (Brittany) Neumiller, and Audrey Neumiller.

They were preceded in death by Mark Klapperich’s parents, and Levi Klapperich’s grandparents, Herman and Odelia (Ulwelling) Klapperich.

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