John Harold Klekamp, 76, a well-known area resident of rural Litchfield passed away January 19, 2023, at Elevate Care Chicago North in Chicago due to a fall resulting in a traumatic brain injury.
John was born July 21, 1946, to the late Harold Klekamp and Helen (Lueneman) Klekamp. John was baptized in St. John’s Lutheran Church, South Litchfield. He attended Immanuel Lutheran School and was confirmed there. He was a member of the 1964 graduating class of Mt. Olive High School and excelled in track earning letters every four years.
After graduation, John worked at the WYKOMI Plant in Litchfield. He enlisted in the Army in 1966 and served in Korea and Germany. After military life, John worked on the Gulf Interstate Pipeline. Afterward, he worked for the Allis-Chalmers Company in Springfield as a machinist until it was sold to Fiat-Allis, which eventually relocated in Japan. He then worked for Mayfield Produce and Landscape Company in Staunton until he retired.
John, with his contagious smile and hearty laugh, was very kind and helpful. He was always willing to lend a helping hand. He loved visiting with family and friends. John was an expert antique appraiser and enjoyed auctions and yard sales especially, Picker’s Market in Litchfield, and he was always on the “look out” to find an item someone was searching for. He loved animals and wildlife and especially enjoyed feeding the ducks at Walton Park. He also enjoyed metal detecting, gardening, and supporting community events. John was a member of the VFW and also a member of Immanuel Lutheran Church in Mt. Olive.
John is survived by sisters, Marian Mayfield and husband Larry of Staunton, Jane Taylor and husband Joe of Litchfield, and Carol Frailey and husband Larry of Benld; special cousin, Brenda Lubrandt and husband Ed of Gillespie; beloved cat, Mama; and many nieces, nephews, great nieces, great nephews, cousins, many friends, and wonderful neighbors.
He was preceded in death by his parents and a niece, Nancy Mayfield Holtorf.
Visitation will be at Becker and Son Funeral Home in Mt. Olive on Thursday, January 26, from 5 to 8 p.m. and on Friday, January 27, from 11 to 12 p.m. at Immanuel Lutheran Church. Service will begin at noon officiated by Pastor James Ritter.
Burial will be in Mt. Olive City Cemetery. Lunch will follow at Immanuel Lutheran Education Building. In lieu of flowers, memorials are suggested to the Mt. Olive VFW or Immanuel Lutheran Church. Becker and Son funeral home is in charge of arrangements.