March 24, 1920 - February 25, 2016
Author, mentor and maverick Joe Klaas passed away peacefully in Monterey, CA on Feb. 25. He was 95 years old. Joe earned a Masters Degree from the University of Washington in Creative Writing. He went on to author many books including: Amelia Earhart Lives, The 12 Steps to Happiness. His most notable book, Maybe I'm Dead, a New York Times bestseller, chronicled Joe's 2-year internment in a Nazi prison camp during WWII and subsequent sub-zero death march through Poland. Joe flew Spitfires as a fighter pilot for the Royal Air Force and United States Air Force and retired from the Air Force Reserve with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Joe's greatest achievement was his 54+ years of sobriety, which he attributed to Alcoholics Anonymous. As a "friend of Bill W.", Joe helped hundreds of people achieve serenity. Joe was a world traveler and an avid movie and theatre lover. Joe is survived by his beloved wife of 68 years, B.J., five children and 6 grandchildren. He was greatly loved and will be sorely missed. View the online memorial for Joe Klaas
Published by Monterey Herald Obits on Apr. 2, 2016.