Herschel V. Klaas
It is with deep regret that we announce the passing of our Father, Grandfather, and Great Grandfather on October 29, at the age of 99 years. He was born December 2, 1913, in Clyde, Missouri, to Oscar and Frances Klaas. He earned both a Bachelors and a Master of Science with a Teaching Fellowship in Agricultural Engineering from the University of Idaho. There he met and married his wife of 69 years, Margaret J. Klaas, who precedes him in death. Serving as a Lieutenant in the U.S. Navy
during World War II
in the Civil Engineer Corps, he was stationed at Norfolk, Virginia, in the Regimental Commanders staff, Seabees Training; the Philadelphia Navy Yard, Naval Aircraft, Public Works Dept.; and at San Leandro, California Naval Hospital as Public Works Officer. His 30 year civilian career consisted of design and construction of multi-purpose dams and flood control facilities on the Columbia, Snake, and Willamette Rivers while working for the US Army Corp of Engineers in Portland, Oregon. Moving to San Bernardino in 1960, he was employed as a civilian for the Air Force at Norton AFB in the Minuteman Intercontinental weapons system division. He later worked for Ralph M. Parson Co., an International Engineering firm in Pasadena on a Yanbu, Saudi-Arabia project. He has been recognized for his publications of engineering projects in national and international engineering magazines. He is survived by his son Gerald (Linda), daughters Carole Walsh (William) and Jayne Sharkey, 8 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren, brothers Maurice (Pearl) Klaas of Boise, Idaho, Oscar Eldon (Helen) Klaas of Tacoma, Washington, and brother-in-law Elmer Emery of Spokane, Washington. Visitation and Rosary will be held on Thursday, November 7, at 6 PM at Bobbitt Memorial Chapel, 1299 E. Highland Ave., San Bernardino. A Memorial Mass will be held on Friday, November 8, at 10 AM at Our Lady of Hope, 6885 Del Rosa Ave, San Bernardino. He will be laid to rest next to his wife at Montecito Cemetery immediately following the Mass.