James A. Kleinhans
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James A. Kleinhans, age 86, of Chilton, ended his earthly journey on Friday August 2, 2013 at his home, surrounded by his family, following a short illness.
He was born on December 7, 1926 in Milwaukee, son of the late Clarence & Anna (Seichter) Kleinhans. Jim was a graduate of Chilton High School, and played trombone in the band. On October 6, 1949 he married Dolores V. Loehr at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Johnsburg.
Jim served his country during WWII as a Staff Sergeant in the U.S. Army. Following his marriage he worked for the Chilton Aluminum Plant, and Lake to Lake Dairy in Kiel. Jim worked 15 years for Badger Breeders (Midwest Breeders) in Sheboygan County. He and Dolores farmed in the Jericho area for 15 years, and then Jim resumed his job with Midwest Breeders as the Calumet County coordinator. He delivered school children to and from school in the Chilton School District for 20 years. During that time, he also worked at Heritage Orchard and the Chilton Co-op where he also served on the Board of Directors as Secretary.
Jim also served his community as a board member for the Chilton School District. He enjoyed helping others, and was an active volunteer for the Salvatorian Center in New Holstein, the Meals on Wheels Program in Chilton, and the St. Vincent De Paul Society. He was a member of Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Chilton where he served as a Eucharistic Minister, and a former member of Holy Trinity Catholic Church in Jericho and St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Plymouth. Jim was a member of the Farm Bureau, American Legion Post #125 of Chilton, and an active member of the Knights of Columbus, serving as Grand Knight in both Plymouth and Chilton.
Survivors include his wife Dolores; 7 children, Robert (Kathy) Kleinhans of New Holstein, Charles (Susan) Kleinhans of Chilton, Janet (Patrick) Bailey of Reno, NV, Mary (Joe) Kiefer of Green Bay, Joe (Ann) Kleinhans of McFarland, Jim (Mary) Kleinhans of Columbus, John (Wendy) Kleinhans of Chilton; 24 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren, with 2 great grandchildren expected soon; a sister, Pearl Meyer of Kaukauna; and a sister-in-law, Virginia Loehr of New Orleans. In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by a grandson, Nicholas Kleinhans.
Funeral services will be at 3 PM on Tuesday August 6, 2013 at Good Shepherd Catholic Church (54 E. Main St.) in Chilton, with the Rev. Larry Abler officiating. Military Honors will follow. Friends may call at the church from 1 PM until the time of services. In lieu of flowers a memorial fund has been established in the name of James A. Kleinhans.
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Published in Appleton Post-Crescent on Aug. 5, 2013