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Francis Kleinhans Obituary
Francis Kleinhans Real Estate A heart so very full of kindness and generosity beats no more. Frank Kleinhans, 77, of Visalia passed from this world Friday, June 29. He will be remembered by the many people he helped throughout his life. He gave freely of his time and resources to help those who needed a boost and many of their successes are a testament to his efforts. He was never too busy to extend a helping hand. Most of all he enjoyed spending time with his grandchildren. His last vacation was a beach hopping trip with them, from San Diego to Santa Cruz. He loved traveling with his wife, Sue visiting many countries in Europe. He enjoyed skiing vacations in Sun Valley and Aspen, water skiing California lakes, walking the streets of Carmel and Santa Barbara. Besides following the many activities of his daughter and grandchildren, he enjoyed sailing his boats at Huntington Lake and in the Pacific Ocean. He leaves behind a legacy of thoroughness and honesty in all his business endeavors. He was owner-broker of Frank Kleinhans Realty, Stratford Park Development Company, and Carmel Plaza Office Development. He co-owned Sierra Pacific Kennels with his late daughter, Kathleen. Born in Visalia, California he lived there most of his life. His memories of Visalia and its long time residents were shared with many. Frank was a story teller and those he loved will have many memories of the tales he told. Mostly, they will remember his quick wit and how he could always find humor in unexpected places. He attended George McCann Memorial School, Visalia High School, College of the Sequoias, and UC Santa Barbara. He was a life long learner and continued to further his education and to improve his mind and expand his experiences through reading, classes and travel. The family is most grateful to those who worked so hard to extend his life and to give them additional time with him: Dr. Dennis Johnson, Dr. David Bryson, Dr. Joe Malli, Dr. Yuk-Yuen Leung, and Dr. Thomas Daglish. A special debt of gratitude goes to his beloved nephew Father Rod Craig who gave invaluable assistance and many sleepless nights to walk his last walk with him. Special thanks go to Dr. Ron Marconi and Dr. Said for their counsel in the hospital He was preceded in death by his daughter, Kathleen Watamura; his mother, Zeta and father, Henry; his sisters, Patricia Hopkins, Andrine Hawthorne, and Sylvia Baughman; and his brothers Norbert Kleinhans and Harold Kleinhans. Surviving him is his wife of 47 years, Sue Kleinhans and an adopted son, Brian. He also leaves behind his grandchildren Brendan, Rose, Colin, and Kevin Watamura, and his son-in-law, Jeff Watamura, all of Visalia; his sister, Marian Guthrie of Porterville and nineteen nieces and nephews. Viewing will be held at Salser and Dillard Funeral Chapel on Thursday, July 5 from - 4:00 to 7:00 PM with the rosary to be recited immediately after. A funeral mass will be held Friday, July 6 at 1:30 PM at St. Mary's Catholic Church. The family requests that any memorials go to George McCann Memorial School or Valley Oak SPCA. Private burial. Condolences may be e-mailed to

Published in Visalia Times-Delta on July 3, 2012
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