FORT JENNINGS - James W. Kleman, 87, of Fort Jennings died at 4:30 a.m. on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Vancrest of Delphos.
He was born on June 8, 1926 in Kalida to the late Frank and Elizabeth (Kottenbrock) Kleman. On June 24, 1950, he married Janice Collins who preceded him in death on March 29, 2013.
Survivors include eight children: Gary (Rhonda) Kleman, Terry (Judy) Kleman, and Diane (Gary) Stennett, all of Fort Jennings, Dave (Cheryl) Kleman of Ottoville, Kevin (Carol) Kleman of Ludow Falls, Kim (Kent) McCracken of Delphos, Keith (Misty) Kleman of Celina, and Monte (Katherine) Kleman of Herndon, VA; 31 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and a brother: Eugene (Alvera) Kleman of Derby, KS.
He was preceded in death by a granddaughter: Katherine; and two brothers: Robert and Franklin Kleman.
James was a farmer and worked at Ford Motor Co., Lima. He was owner of Broadway Inn, Spencerville in the 1950's. He was a WWII Navy Veteran, a member of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings, and a 60 year member of Fort Jennings American Legion. He was a Boy Scout leader of Troop #230 and first Scout Master in 1970, and he also coached Little League and girls softball and soccer.
Mass of Christian Burial will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Fort Jennings with Fr. Charles Obinwa officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Military Rites by Fort Jennings American Legion. Visitation will be from 2 to 8 p.m. Friday with a Scripture Service at 6 p.m., and one hour prior to the service Saturday at LOVE-HEITMEYER FUNERAL HOME, Jackson Township.
Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society or Alzheimer's Association.
Condolences may be expressed at www.lovefuneralhome.com.