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Rod E. Klesach

WE HAVE JUST LOST ANOTHER WWII HERO….

PERRYSVILLE: Rod E. Klesach, age 96, of rural Ashland passed away June 20, 2014.

Born April 1, 1918 in Medina County to Ed and Anna Klesach. Residing for many years in Medina County then Wayne and Ashland counties, he remained a hay and grain farmer his entire life.

He graduated from Granger High School in 1936 then attended Ohio State University studying agricultural science for 1 ½ years. He was then called up for military service, therefore, not being able to complete his college education.

Mr. Klesach flew mail service before WWII. He was a pilot and flight engineer for the US Navy, flying search and rescue in the Pacific theatre. He flew both two engine and four engine PBY's, or P Boats, as they are referred to in the Air Sea Rescue. When he was shot down for the third time, in a four engine plane, (the third time was the charm), as it lead to his medical discharge. He was the only one who survived out of a Ten Man crew. Standed for three days on a creosote raft, (before being rescued), burnt his lungs as the creosote got so hot it would bubble during the day. And of course, it was freezing at night. It took several years before his lungs would heal, so that he could sleep throughout the night without constantly waking. The metal plate in his head didn't help.

Returning to farming after the war, he married Dorothy Brutcher in 1952. Dorothy passed away in 1997. He also worked for the postal service for many years while farming. He also worked for U-Brand in Ashland for a ten year period of time; when George Dever asked him to help out.

Surviving are son, Edward R. Klesack of rural Perrysville; daughter, Donna Aber, Ashland; and step-daughter, Mary Jane Merschdorf (John) of Mansfield. Also surviving is brother, Franklin of Medina County; a niece and nephews; three grandchildren: Paul (Julie) Aber, Aaron Aber, Grace Aber and several great-grandchildren.

Previously deceased was one sister, Marion.

A reception to honor his memory will be held at 6:00 p.m. Monday June 30, 2014 at the Grace Brethern Church, 1144 W. Main Street Ashland, Ohio 44805.
Published in the News Journal on June 26, 2014
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