Harry Kletter

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KLETTER, HARRY, 86, died January 5, 2014 at his Florida home in The Villages.

He was born in Detroit, MI, on March 14, 1927, served in the Navy, attended University of Michigan and graduated from Wayne State University in Detroit. In 1953 Harry moved to Louisville, KY, and opened Tri-City Scrap Baling, a recycling and scrap metal business. Throughout his sixty plus years in business, Harry's entrepreneurial ambition enabled him to create many companies including Tri-City Industrial Services, Mobile Waste Controls, Louisville Athletic Club, Computerized Waste Systems, Tri-Pak Equipment and Industrial Services of America (ISA). He recently retired as CEO and Chairman of the Board of ISA after nearly three decades of service. He is widely viewed as a visionary in the waste and recycling industry and was inducted into the Environmental Industry Association Hall of Fame in 2003. The Hall of Fame recognizes leaders who have been actively engaged in the waste industry for at least 25 years and whose creative ideas, innovative concepts and contributions have made a significant difference to the industry as a whole. Harry was a past board member of the Jewish Community Center and with the Kentucky Economic Council under Governor John Y. Brown.

He is preceded in death by his parents, Max and Maya Kletter; and brother, Sam.

Harry is survived by his wife of 60 years, Bobbie; daughters, Debbie Montz (Art), Alisa Pipkin (Senator EJ) and Tina List (Ed); son, Ronald (Rhonda); his six grandchildren, Eric and Adam Montz, Carter, Meredith and Tyler Pipkin and Alexis List; and several nieces and nephews.

Harry loved to travel, workout, play tennis and racquetball, fly airplanes and mentor young business people.

A celebration of Harry's life will be held Sunday, January 12, 2014 at the Kaden Tower, 6100 Dutchmans Lane from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Harry will be laid to rest in Bloomington, IN. Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the Jewish Community Center in Louisville or the Humane Society of Sumter County, FL; http://hsspca.org/.


Published in The Courier-Journal from Jan. 9 to Jan. 12, 2014
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