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Wednesday, April 09, 2014 8:06 PM


June 8, 1926

April 9, 2014




FORT JENNINGS - James W. Kleman, 87, of Fort Jennings died at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday at Vancrest of Delphos.

He was born on June 8, 1926, in Kalida to Frank and Elizabeth (Kottenbrock) Kleman, who preceded him in death.

On June 24, 1950, he married Janice Collins, who preceded him in death on March 29, 2013.

Survivors include eight children, Gary (Rhonda) Kleman, Terry (Judy) Kleman and Diane (Gary) Stennett, all of Fort Jennings, Dave (Cheryl) Kleman of Ottoville, Kevin (Carol) Kleman of Ludow Falls, Kim (Kent) McCracken of Delphos, Keith (Misty) Kleman of Celina and Monte (Katherine) Kleman of Herndon, Va.; 31 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Eugene (Alvera) Kleman of Derby, Kansas.

He was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Katherine; and two brothers, Robert and Franklin Kleman.

James was a farmer and worked at Ford Motor Co., Lima. He was owner of Broadway Inn, Spencerville, in the 1950’s. He was a World War II Navy Veteran, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, and a 60-year member of Fort Jennings American Legion. He was a Boy Scout leader of Troop #230 and first Scout Master in 1970. He also coached Little League and girls softball and soccer.

Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, with Fr. Charles Obinwa officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military rites by Fort Jennings American Legion.

Visitation will be from 2-8 p.m. Friday, with a Scripture service at 6 p.m., and one hour prior to the service Saturday at Love-Heitmeyer Funeral Home, Jackson Township.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer’s Association.

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