Sgt William P “Mister Dr Pepper” Kloster

Sgt William P “Mister Dr Pepper” Kloster

Birth
Stephenville, Erath County, Texas, USA
Death 27 Sep 1999 (aged 81)
Dublin, Erath County, Texas, USA
Burial Dublin, Erath County, Texas, USA
Memorial ID 74766133 · View Source
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Born in Dublin, Texas, he married Iona Mae Bagwell on June 14, 1941 in Dublin. She preceded him in death May 17, 1995. Kloster became an ambassador for Dr. Pepper during his more than 6 decades in the soft drink industry, finally inheriting the Dublin franchise as an independent, licensed franchisee & bottler from the founder's daughter Grace Prim Lyon who died June 7, 1991 on the exact day of the company's 100th observance of their centennial celebration. The company began June 7, 1891 after Sam Houston Prim had traveled to Waco, Texas & obtained rights to produce & market "Dr. Pepper." Historically, "Dublin Dr. Pepper" remains continuously made with the 'original' recipe concocted in Waco, Texas containing "Imperial" pure cane sugar. William P. "Bill" Kloster was hired at age 14 in 1933 by Prim to be a bottle sorter. When away from Dublin, he served in the U.S. Army as Staff Sergeant during World War II. He was lovingly known to most who knew him as "Mister Dr Pepper" & a tribute of a bronze statue in downtown Dublin was erected in his honor.
Survivors include a son, William Edward Kloster of Granbury, Texas and 2 grandsons: Jeff Kloster of Austin and Mark Kloster of Dublin who is general manager of the family's "Dublin Dr. Pepper" company.


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  • Created by: JohnRobert Mauney
  • Added: 11 Aug 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 74766133
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Sgt William P “Mister Dr Pepper” Kloster (7 Jun 1918–27 Sep 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 74766133, citing Old Dublin Memorial Park, Dublin, Erath County, Texas, USA ; Maintained by JohnRobert Mauney (contributor 47310410) .