Harry G. Klender
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Harry George Klender, 90, passed away Saturday, Nov. 3, 2012 at his home in Springfield, MO. Born Oct. 1, 1922, the son of Pearl and Harry Klender, Bryan, OH, Harry graduated from Bryan High School before joining the Navy during WWII. There he served as a Quartermaster on landing craft participating in the invasion of Elba and southern France. In 1945, he enrolled in officer training at Columbia University in NY where he met his wife, Frances Scheier. After the war, Harry completed his BS degree in Industrial Engineering at Columbia and married Frances on May 28, 1948.
Harry's engineering degree led to a position with the National Video Corporation in Chicago, IL, where he rose to the position of Chief Engineer. There, he successfully guided the effort to produce the first color television screens, an accomplishment celebrated by millions of football fans ever since. After retiring, Harry moved to Springfield and pursued his interests in gardening, tennis, golf, and square dancing. Always active, Harry played tennis and golf almost daily until the last 2 months of his life.
Harry's family was always the most important part of his life. This was proven by his 64 years of marriage to Frances and the devotion of his children and grandchildren. He was so proud of his 60th wedding anniversary where all his descendants gathered from across the country to celebrate the union.
He was preceded in death by his father and mother, and sisters, Mary Barrick and Margaret Osborne. He is survived by his wife, Frances Klender; son, Michael Klender and his wife, Linda,daughters; Sharon Klender, Jo Lachut and husband, Gerry, Lynn Whitebay and husband, Lee, and Paula Klender, and his brother, Jim Klender. He loved and cherished his nine grandchildren: Sarah Rayford and husband, Greg, Brent Baggett, Beth Speiss and husband, Greg, Keith Lachut and, wife, Anita, Eric Whitebay, Kelsey Whitebay and Tom Klender. His first great-grandchild, Pierce Lachut brought him special joy.
Harry was a loyal member of St. John's UCC Chapel for 40 years and served on church boards and committees. He will be missed by his many friends from church, square dancing, golfing and tennis.
A memorial service will be celebrated by Ann Chessey at 10 a.m., Saturday, Nov. 10, at the Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home in Springfield. The family requests no flowers be sent. Memorial contributions may be sent to Mercy Hospice or St. John's UCC Chapel of Springfield.
Gorman-Scharpf Funeral Home
1947 E. Seminole Springfield, MO 65804
Published in the News-Leader on Nov. 8, 2012