September 17, 1940 - January 29, 2021 Klaus went to be with our Lord and Savior on January 29, 2021, at the age of 80 years old. He was born in Konigsberg, Germany on September 17, 1940. He was the youngest of seven children. At the age of five his family was forced to flee during the war. They boarded a Red Cross ship in West Germany and arrived in America in 1945 and eventually settled in York, Nebraska. His family worked on a farm for two years to pay back the sponsorship of the journey. They then settled in Lincoln, Nebraska. At the age of 12 he worked in a cafeteria after school and by 16 was working in several restaurants where he was taught to cook and eventually became a chef. He then, along with his wife, and first daughter packed up and moved to California to start a new life. He found a job as a chef at the Oxford Inn in Claremont until they closed. As his family grew he worked several jobs to support them. He then had the opportunity to learn the Plumbing business from his brother-in- law and soon after started his own Plumbing company. "Klaus and Son's Plumbing" was established in 1973. Klaus built a life of purpose with his bare hands and forged ahead in the toughest times. Klaus loved cooking amazing meals for his family. The Christmas holiday was his favorite time to cook, we can always count on his Yummy Paprika Chicken and spaetzle and beef goulash. These dishes would take days for him to prepare, a labor of love for sure for all his children and Grandchildren that he loved so dearly. He also shared his love of the ocean with his family. He had a boat that was docked in Long Beach for many years and would take his family on many trips to Catalina or just hang out on the weekend. He was also involved in the Yacht club activities and even cooking up a German feast for their Oktoberfest festivities. After he sold his boat, he collected vintage cars and owned a few beauties which he enjoyed showing at Car shows and spending time talking cars with his car club friends. He was also very proud of his awards. He was a dedicated father of four sons and two daughters, who passed on his incredible character and strength to his children, grandchildren, and future generations. He will be forever remembered and loved for his integrity, kindness and humility. Klaus is survived by his five children; Daniel Pikschus, David Pikschus, Steven Pikschus, Jesse Pikschus and Lori Elms. He is predeceased by his daughter Elizabeth Parker. He is also survived by his 11 Grandchildren and 5 Great Grandchildren. His Sister Gisela and brother Horst. A Celebration of life service will be held at Redhill Country Club 8358 Red Hill Country Club Drive, Rancho Cucamonga, CA. 91730 Saturday September 18th at 1:00pm
Published by Daily Bulletin on Sep. 3, 2021.