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KLATT, Ernest M. 1941-2009


Posted By: Kermit Kittleson
Date: 4/26/2012 at 01:44:57

Ernest "Ernie" M. Klatt, Jr., 68, of Evansdale, died Saturday, August 29, 2009, at Allen Memorial Hospital in Waterloo.

Ernie was born July 23, 1941, in Waterloo, Iowa, the son of Ernest Sr. and Thelma (Henry) Klatt. He attended Waterloo West High School and went on to graduate through the Marine Corp. In 1958, he entered the United States Marine Corps where he led his troops through the Bay of Pigs, bringing all of his men back alive. Ernie was in President John F. Kennedy's own Marine Corps Band. During this time Ernie made important changes to the Marine Corp cadence which would later earn him a spot in the Marine Corps Hall of Fame. He was honorably discharged from the Marines in 1962. He married Angela Sansone, Lynn, and Luanne Orvis; they later divorced. On March 5, 1983, he was united in marriage to Amy Ruth Coddington in Houston, Texas. Ernie worked John Deere for 13 years where he was a supervisor for two years, owned and operated Ernie's 50's Lounge, was a salesman at C&S Cars from 1987 to 2007, and was currently working at Dillard's in Waterloo.

Ernie had a passion for playing music. He was a member of Eddie Randall & the Downbeats who covered for Buddy Holly at the Winter Carnival in Waterloo following Buddy's plane crash. He also was in the band Ernie and the Nightcrawlers. On September 3, 2000, Ernie was inducted into the Iowa Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Ernie is survived by his wife, Amy, four sons; Mark (Echo) Klatt of Dallas, Texas, Nick (Ronda) Klatt of Hot Springs, Arkansas, Chad Klatt of Minneapolis, Minnesota, and James Klatt of Waterloo, one sister Betty (Bob) Hansen of Cedar Falls, five grandchildren. He is preceded in death by his parents, father-in-law James Coddington, and his third wife, Luanne Orvis.

Memorial services will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, September 4, 2009, at the Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly with Dr. David A. Larson officiating. There will be a time of visitation one hour prior to the service time at the funeral home. Burial will be in Harlington Cemetery, Waverly with military rites conducted by American Legion Post 176. Memorials may be directed to the family and on-line condolences may be left at www.kaisercorson.com

Kaiser-Corson Funeral Home in Waverly is in charge of arrangements. 319-352-1187

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