John S. "Jack" Klotz
Carr Funeral Home Ltd
935 S Providence Rd
Wallingford, PA
John S. Klotz (Jack) passed away peacefully in the loving company of his children on May 22, 2020 at age 87. Jack attended Saint Robert’s school where, in the first grade, he met his future wife of 50 years, Kathleen Callaghan. A gifted athlete, Jack attended PMC Prep where he earned 16 varsity letters. At Pennsylvania Military College Jack earned 12 varsity letters in football, basketball, and track. He was drafted by the LA Rams in 1956 but put his pro-football career on hold to serve in the Marines. Jack returned to professional football in 1960, playing for the New York Titans, San Diego Chargers, New York Jets, Houston Oilers. Jack coached in the NFL’s farm system, scouted for the New England Patriots, and served as the president of the Philadelphia Chapter of the NFL Retired Players Association. Jack has been inducted into the Hall of Fame’s of Widener University, the Mid-Atlantic Conference, Delaware County, and Pennsylvania. Jack shared his love of athletics through coaching: 24 years as an assistant men’s basketball coach at Widener University, and 32 years with CYO track. Jack also taught in the Chester Upland School District from 1959 through 1966. In the 1990’s, Jack joined City Team Ministries as a Development Officer and later worked closely with the men in City Team’s Drug and Alcohol Recovery program. Jack also counseled inmates at SCI Chester. Jack’s humanitarian work has been recognized by numerous organizations, including the NAACP and YWCA of Chester, Delaware County Chamber of Commerce, and the Philadelphia Archdiocese. Jack served as a Marshall for the 1977 visit of Saint Pope John Paul II to Philadelphia, and as a bodyguard for Senator Robert Kennedy during a 1969 campaign stop in Springfield, and also for Saint Mother Theresa of Calcutta during her 1995 visit to Chester. In the last few years of his life, Jack enjoyed the companionship of his community at Plush Mills Senior Living. Jack was preceded in death by his beloved wife Kathleen and is survived by his three children, John S. Klotz, Jr. (Pam), Mary Catherine Lain (Kenneth), and Karen Campbell (Philip); his eight grandchildren, and his many nieces and nephews. A public celebration of Jack’s life will be planned in the future. Contributions in Jack’s memory may be made to the following charities and organizations: Anna’s Place, 226 Norris Street, Chester, PA 19013; St. Katharine Drexel Food Pantry, c/o Ed Larkin, 1920 Providence Avenue, Chester, PA 19013-5695.
Published by The Daily Times from May 30 to May 31, 2020.
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What a great guy and friend, rest in peace. I will treasure are great football talks that we shared.
Bruce Malatesta
November 10, 2021
Jack will be fiercely missed at Plush Mills where I had the pleasure to meet him. My mother is a resident. Your father was bigger than life with his upbeat personality, whether joking or singing, but always bringing a smile to all. Always!! He is in heaven with his wife and friends.
Marie MacCrory
July 15, 2020
My deepest sympathy to the Klotz Family for the loss of your loved one, John, "Jack", and pray God gives you comfort, peace and strength.
June 5, 2020
Did not know him personally just going to church. I admired his hight, big friendly smile and hand shakes. I'll miss him at sunday mass.
Margaret Brown-Williams
June 4, 2020
To the Klotz family we send our deepest thoughts and regrets at Jacks passing. He truly walked,talked and promoted the true values of a Christian gentleman.
Frank Carroll
June 3, 2020
Was my football coach at St. JAMES HIGH SCHOOL FOR BOYS. Jack was a fine man who we all respected. Was pleased to work on and off with him at City Team Ministries later in life. RIP
Robert McCarthy
June 2, 2020
One of my all time favorite human beings. I adored this man. I can say it was a blessing to say I know him. The joy he brought to any room he was in. His love of family and life will always be treasured. Always. I will forever treasure our talks and laughs. A true gem that will be with all that knew him. I love you buddy! I will forever miss your smile... but I will think of you always
Diane Koslosky
June 2, 2020
A great friend, co-worker and one of the nicest men you could ever know. God bless him and the family
Bill& Edna Manlove
June 1, 2020
As a high school kid, I had the privilege of knowing Jack very well. Jack mentored me in the weight room at the Chester YMCA every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. I cannot say enough of the influence and impact that Jack shared with me during those years. But Jack was always more than willing to share his positive influences with many other young people. I once witnessed Jack address a group of young Chester teenagers. They were excited to have a professional athlete talking to them and answering their questions, but they did not hold back. They wanted to know everything of how a pro football player lived. As Jack calmly told them that he did not drink or smoke and explained his reasons for that, you could see the realization in the faces of those boys that they had a choice in how they should live. Jack continued to answer their questions of faith and lifestyle. Finally, Jack explained to the boys that how you live is your choice. Jack had just given those boys an option that they had never considered. Jacks impact that day was significant; but more impactful, was the way Jack shared his faith and commitment to others through his entire life. We all know that Jack is now in a better place, but we also know that Jacks faith and love has left this a better place.
James Murray
June 1, 2020
I knew Jack briefly from his work with church groups. He was a very good man. Never bragged or mentioned his accomplishments. My best to his family. Hopefully all the good he did will be rewarded.
Matt Phayre
May 31, 2020
Very sad to hear about Jack Kultz passing. Jack was a neighbor and a friend to my parents for many years. I was very fortunate to have had him as my gym coach at Widener in the 60s and known him most of my life. His kindness and friendship were always evident whenever we met. Jack was a true inspiration for all that is fine and good about humankind.
Phil D'Angelo
May 31, 2020
My heart goes out to the Koltz Family. Your father was one greatest man the walk. The biggest smile greatest hand shake and the kindest big hearted person I ever knew. The world needs more Jack Koltz Im very sorry for your loss but also sorry for our list of Jack All my boy knew and thought the world of Mr Koltz as a athlete and man of God. Jack will be missed by the community because of great smile and big heart
Mel Campbell
May 30, 2020
To the family of Mr. Klotz - please accept my deepest condolences as you celebrate the life of your father/grandfather/uncle. I knew Mr. Klotz when I lived on 23rd Street and attended St. Roberts. He led a wee-lived life and had a positive impact on so many lives. He left a wonderful legacy. My prayers and thoughts are with you during this sad time in your lives.
Tina (Vona) Little
May 30, 2020
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