John N. Kleber
John N. "Big John" Kleber, age 90 of Wildwood passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2009 at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center, North Chicago. He was born May 11, 1919 in Grayslake, IL and from age 3 months to 21 he was in Angel Guardian Orphanage with all 5 of his sisters where he learned the printing trade. He was a US Army WWII Veteran serving in the Pacific Theater.
John retired from National Press as a linotype operator and was active in the North Shore and Sixth District Craftsmans Club where for the past 54 years attended a "Printer's retreat" at the Trees for Tomorrow Educational Camp in Eagle River, WI. John was very active in the Waukegan Typographical Union, Chairman of the Warren Twp. Democratic Party, very active in Drum & Bugle Corps, creating the Scarlet Knights Booster Club. His pride was to offer Vocational Training to the Lake County High School Students normally not able to attend college and was appointed to the advisory board in the creation of the Lake County Area Vocational School, member of the Disabled American Veterans, Charter Member of the Knights of Columbus Council #11112 in Gurnee and the 4th Degree Bishop Sheil Assembly #2330.
Survivors include four sons, Norman (Debbie) of Wildwood, James (Patty) of Jonesboro, GA, Ronald (Lisa) of Grayslake, John P. (Kim) of Goodlettsville, TN and two daughters Kathleen (Bill) Fuqua of Park City and Marguerite (Bruce) Funk of Wooster, OH; 19 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.
He is preceded in death by his wife Elaine on July 31, 1991.
Visitation Wednesday, December 2, 2009 from 2:00 to 8:00 PM at The Symonds - Lakes Funeral Home, 111 W. Belvidere Rd., Grayslake. Friends are asked to meet at St. Paul the Apostle Church, 6401 Gages Lake Road, Gurnee on Thursday, December 3, 2009 Visitation from 10:00 AM till time of Funeral Mass 11:00 AM. Interment Private. In lieu of flowers memorials to The Trees for Tomorrow Educational Camp in Eagle River, WI, or the Disabled American Veterans.
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Published in News Sun on Dec. 2, 2009