March 1, 1923-May 18, 2013
Gerald John Klecker, USAF Major RET. age 90, of Pascagoula, MS passed away Saturday May 18, 2013.
Mr. Klecker was born March 1, 1923 to William and Florence Klecker in Watertown, WI. He received a BA from the University of Southern California, a Masters Degree in Electronics from the Air Force Institute of Technology, and one year at MIT. Jerry also served as past Grand-Knight for 3rd Degree and a was a member 4th Degree of Knights of Columbus #1605. He retired from the United States Air Force after 27 years of service during WWII
and the Korean Conflict
and he was a survivor of "The Bloody 100". He was also a member of American Legion Post 160. He also retired from Ingalls Shipbuilding after 15 years as Project Manager. He accomplished many things in his life but none more gratifying than serving the church. Jerry was an active member of Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church, serving as eucharist minister for 25 years , an active member of St Vincent DePaul Society until 3 months prior to his death, and recipient of the Lumen Christi Award.
He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, 2 sisters, and 3 children; Thomas Klecker, James Klecker, and Constance Farragh. Preceding him in death also was his first wife, Maxine Klecker and 3 grandchildren, Brian Klecker, Christopher Huggins, and Kehli Farragh.
Survived by his wife of 36 years, Mary M. Talley Klecker; 3 sons, Michael Klecker, Gerald F. Klecker, Richard Klecker; 2 daughters, Gina Huggins and Catherine Cox; stepchildren, Joseph E. Talley, Bobbie Talley, and Jean Talley-Findley; 19 grandchildren and 18 great -grandchildren.
The visitation will be Tuesday May 21, 2013 from 5-7 pm at O'Bryant-O'Keefe Funeral Home in Pascagoula with rosary at 5pm. Mass of Christian Burial will be Wednesday at 9am at Our Lady of Victories Catholic Church. Interment will conclude with military honors at Biloxi National Cemetery at 11am.
In lieu of flowers donations in his memory can be made to St. Vincent de Paul Society or OLV Catholic Church. Condolences may be expressed online at www.obryantokeefe.com