Danny Allen Klinefelter

danny klinefelter

April 5, 1947 ~ July 24, 2023

Born in: Taylorville, Illinois
Resided in: College Station, Texas

Danny Allen Klinefelter was born April 5th, 1947, in Taylorville, Illinois. He passed after 76 wonderful and influential years of life on July 24th, 2023, in College Station, Texas.

Danny grew up on his family’s farm in Illinois with his parents Allen and Aldine, and two younger brothers, Lynn and Skip Klinefelter. He developed a love of agriculture from a very young age that would last his entire life. He was a man with a great passion for learning and earned his bachelor’s degree from Southern Illinois University. More impressively, he went on to earn his masters and his PhD at the University of Illinois, all while raising his four precious daughters.

Danny was a titan of American agriculture and considered his greatest achievement to be The Executive Program for Agriculture Producers (TEPAP) which many have described as life changing. He was also an author, a speaker, and an Honors Professor at Texas A&M University. He was also a Regents Fellow, as well as an Extension Economist Emeritus. Among his many accomplishments he was also granted the Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award, which you can still find hanging in his office. Furthermore, he was named one of the top 25 most influential people in American agriculture, alongside various other world leaders in the industry.  While he had a passion for teaching, he also cared deeply for his students, many of which have remained lifelong friends. He was even known to welcome them into his home for the holidays, caring for them as if they were his own. He believed his purpose in life was to make a difference and to make his mark in this world.  He certainly did this in every way that counts.

Danny was married at 17 and spent 58 wonderful years with the love of his life, Vicki Diann Jostes Klinefelter. Their deep love for one another was paramount to anything Nicholas Sparks or Jane Austin could ever conjure.

He is survived by his four beautiful daughters and four sons-in-law: Christine and Jeff, Julie and Brian, Carol and Darrell, and Patty and Nathan. His legacy of faith and love will be carried on by his nine grandchildren that were the light of his life and two great grandchildren that brought him immense joy in his last few years.

Danny was a shining light to all those who crossed his path. The kind of light that could illuminate any darkness and put a big smile on your face. He was a man that made the little kids laugh during a quiet church service and then proceed to cut in front of them to get to the food line. He was a man that always had a joke and a hug, not to mention the most perfect hand to hold or shoulder to cry on. He was wise beyond belief and always had the words of wisdom you never knew you needed to hear. He was an honest man, sometimes to a fault, but he would never leave you wondering. He was a man who valued a hard day’s work, a man who valued strength and stood firm to his beliefs no matter how shaky the ground became. He was a man who was patient, a man who was kind, and a man who loved others and was loved back just as fiercely. He was the kind of man you can never do justice with just words on a page. Knowing him was one of the greatest blessings in life and to be loved by him was to be cared for more deeply than one could ever imagine. He was a man who loved God and loved his people. He will be missed every day, but his legacy, his work, and his impact on the world will live on forever.

Services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, August 4, 2023 at Holy Cross Lutheran Church, 1200 Foxfire Drive, College Station, TX  77845. Visitation preceding the service will begin at 9:00 AM and lunch to follow at noon.

In lieu of flowers, a memorial donation can be made to:

Holy Cross Lutheran Learning Center
1590 Sebesta Rd.
College Station, TX 77845



Funeral Service: August 4, 2023 11:00 am

Holy Cross Lutheran Church - CS
1200 Foxfire Drive
College Station, Texas 77845


Visitation: August 4, 2023 9:00 am - 11:00 am

Holy Cross Lutheran Church - CS
1200 Foxfire Drive
College Station, Texas 77845


Reception: August 4, 2023 12:00 pm

Holy Cross Lutheran Church - CS
1200 Foxfire Drive
College Station, Texas 77845


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  1. Prayers and deepest sympathy to my classmates Julie and Carol and the rest of their family. I had the pleasure to meet Mr Klinefelter when Julie and I were in high school and worked at A&M Methodist daycare. Such a awesome sweet man.

  2. so many prayers for your sweet family. May the love and peace of our Savior carry you through this time.

  3. Nanny and Family! Danny will be greatly missed! You are more like family to us and we are going to miss Danny and giving him that hug or touch on Sunday morning! May God hold you close and comfort you. We love you all!
    The Lilies and Aleta Bakenhus❤️

  4. Vicki and Family: to me there are no words of comfort more reassuring in trying times like this than “Rest in Peace Good and Faithful Servant”. Danny has been a pillar of the church I love and was a man I greatly admired for his intelligence, gracious good humor, his openness, and sterling principles. Truly he was a man to be counted on in all circumstances and he will be greatly missed by a wide circle of family, friends and admirers. That means there is a huge group of very good people who are mourning his passing with you. God we with us all as we walk a ways through this part of the valley of life.

  5. My husband and I met Dr. Klinefelter as students of his at TAMU. His ag finance class was one of my favorites and helped pave the way for my career in farm credit. Not only did his class provide a solid foundation for ag finance as a topic, but the life lessons learned will forever remain with us. He remained a mentor and a friend over the years; even making the trip to our wedding in South Texas several years ago. He truly cared and we are so thankful. Thank you, Dr. Klinefelter, for the positive difference you made on us and so many.

  6. Vicki and family our prayers and love are being sent your way. Danny was an amazing man and he will be missed greatly by all who had the privilege of knowing him. Prayers for God’s loving arms to comfort you and His love to guide you through this time.

  7. My deepest condolences and prayers for the family. As a former student, Dr. Klinefelter left an impression as an educator, advisor, and friend. My heart is heavy with news of his passing. I am truly blessed that our paths crossed. His imprint on my life is a treasure to behold. His memory shines bright.

  8. Danny and I were undergrads in ag together at SIU-C and I eventually followed his academic path to Illinois. Our family farms are both on Illinois Rt 16 about 60 miles apart. We reconnected at A&M about 10 years ago and shared remembrances of faculty & times at SIU and shared how the farm conditions (the usual; rain, input prices, ag policy, etc.) were in south central Illinois. What I found remarkable about Danny was his impact on his students. No more than 2 months ago I ran into an ag econ grad (now in his late 30’s) in finance and I asked if he knew Dr. Klinefelter. His face lit up and he said “..my favorite professor and he is why I’m in this profession.” He proceeded to tell me that Danny was everything you’d want someone to be and how much he meant to his students. Peter Drucker said “….one thing worth being remembered for is the difference one makes in the lives of people.” Clearly, Danny is at the top of everyone’s list. My condolences to his family and all who loved him.

  9. Our Condolences to you and your family. Danny was an inspiration to us. He was a mentor, advisor and friend he will be greatly missed. He has helped us succeed in our farm. Our Prayers are with you. The Zacharias Family, Vaughn, Dorinda, Vance, Verlin, Donovan.

  10. Vicki and family
    So sorry to learn about Danny’s death. Remember him as a lively boy. He was an outstanding student, teacher and person. He will be missed by his family and everyone who knew him

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