John Kleer, age 86, of 7 Russell Drive, Shelby, died Sunday, November 14, 2010 at the Crestwood Care Center in Shelby.
He was born June 7, 1924 in East Mansfield, Ohio the son of the late John and Elizabeth Kleer. John was a US Army veteran serving from January 1943 – January 1946 in the 383rd Anti-Aircraft Division in the Pacific and Asian Theater. He began his working career at the Tappan Stove Company in Mansfied. For the next 25 years he was the owner/operator of Weber’s Café in Plymouth followed by Kleer’s Café in Shelby. He retired in 1991 from the Ohio Department of Liquor Control Store in Shelby. He was a member of First Lutheran Church and Owls Club both of Shelby and the American Legion in Shiloh.
John is survived by his wife: Marilyn (Grandon) Kleer, whom he wed on May 30, 1948 at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church in Mansfield; 2 sons: James and Gail Kleer of Bucyrus, Steven and Karen Kleer of Lima; a daughter: Peggy Kleer of Columbus; 2 grandsons: Adam Kleer and Aaron Kleer; a brother: Andrew Kleer of Long Island, NY. He was preceded in death by his siblings: Elizabeth Gimpel, Christine Heuberger, Frank, Joseph, and William Kleer.
Friends may call on Tuesday, November 16, 2010 from 5-8 PM at the Turner Funeral Home, 168 West Main Street, Shelby where funeral services will be held on Wednesday at 11 AM by Rev. David Conner. Burial will be in Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman, OH. Memorial expressions may be made to First Lutheran Church or American Diabetes Association. To send an on-line message to the family