Joseph Klass of Kingston passed away Wednesday, May 8, 2013, in Pennington Gap, Va., where he had been living with his daughter after suffering from declining health.
Born in Larksville, he was the son of the late Alex and Anna Klass.
Joe was the founder of Klass Motors and was a respected auto body repairman for many years. He enjoyed spending time in the garage, even after his retirement, visiting with customers and friends. He was a veteran of World War II
and was also an avid fisherman.
His wife, the former Lorraine Mizenko, preceded him in death. He was also preceded in death by his brother, Alex, and his sister, Rose Kowatch.
He is survived by his sons, Joseph and his wife, Donna, and Richard and his wife, Paula; daughter, Patricia Bledsoe and her husband, Kenneth; grandchildren, Zachary, Melissa, Kaitlyn, Laura, Jackie, Richard, Amanda and Erick Klass and Alan and Joseph Bledsoe; great-grandchildren, Brookelynne Klass, Jaivon Jones and Lillie May Verrill; brother, Edward; and several nieces and nephews.
A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday at St. John the Baptist Church, Nesbitt Street, Larksville.