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PETER A. KLEYN

KLEYN, PETER A. September 6, 1927 to January 2, 2013 Peter A. Kleyn of La Jolla, California, died in his home on January 2, 2012. He was born in 1927 in Medan, Sumatra in what is now Indonesia, but was then a Dutch colony. He had many happy memories of his boyhood moving between the islands; he also lived in Java and Celebes (now Sulawesi). Indonesian food remained his favorite throughout his life. In 1937, his father was transferred to Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles where the family spent the war years. At school in Curacao his aptitude for science and math became apparent and his practical skills were employed in building radios and model airplanes. During the war his mother held an open house for servicemen passing through Curacao, and Peter, who spoke very good English, became friends with several American soldiers. In 1944 he went to New York City to attend radio school and then decided to enlist in the U.S. Army, serving in Europe. After leaving the army he finished his education and worked as an electrical engineer throughout his career. He retired from the Ryan Aeronautical Company in San Diego. He married Rosemarie Bodner in 1955. Peter loved flying and was part owner of a Cessna for many years. He was a keen ham radio operator (call sign K6OPY). He enjoyed keeping up with the latest technology, from home theater equipment to personal computers and software, by testing programs and helping others with technical advice. Peter was predeceased by his wife, Rosemarie in 2000. He is survived by his sister Lily Wijnkoop-Kleyn of Holland, sister Johanna Barrow-Kleyn and her husband Peter Barrow of England, sister Aleida Vince-Kleyn and her husband Cliff Vince of England, brother Albert Kleyn of Ireland, brother-in-law Richard Bodner of North Carolina, and many nieces and nephews. A memorial service will be held at Fort Rosecrans Military Cemetery at 1:00 p.m. on the 21st of January.


Published in U-T San Diego on Jan. 17, 2013
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