Lester L. “Les” Klenke, 85, of Granite City and formerly of Edwardsville, Illinois passed away at 12:35 p.m. on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at his home.
He was born January 26, 1932 in Edwardsville, a son of the late Louis and Malinda (Ziegler) Klenke.
He married Doris F. (Hoy) Edwards-Klenke on August 29, 1998 in Granite City and she survives.
He retired as a self-employed insurance broker after 23 years of dedicated service. He had worked as a real estate broker for 20 years and had served 16 years as the Chief Financial Officer for Westhoma Oil Company in Denver, Colorado prior to his retirement.
Lester proudly served his country with the United States Army during the Korean War.
He was a faithful member of Central Christian Church in Granite City where he had served as a Council Moderator and Elder Emeritus.
Les enjoyed his days of fishing and playing cards and will be remembered for the love and special times shared with his family and friends.
In addition to his beloved wife, he is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Sherri L. and Steven Clark of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Shelli L. Connelly of Marco Island, Florida; a son, Lonnie L. Klenke of Granite City; four grandchildren and their spouses, Ryan Clark of Lexington, Kentucky, Shannon and Chris Claar of Berwick, Maine, Larae and Ian Jones of Wayne, New Jersey and Danielle Connelly of Brooklyn, New York; three great grandchildren, Tyler, Jared and Cameron Claar of Berwick, Maine; four sisters and a brother-in-law, Edna Eberhart of Monford, Tennessee, Ella Ostendorf of State College, Pennsylvania, Gladys Wilkening of Hamel and Darlene and Leo Rode of Pocahontas; two brothers and two sisters-in-law, Hilbert C. and Verna Klenke of Edwardsville and Earl and Doris Klenke of Edwardsville; two sisters-in-law, Martha Klenke of Hamel and Ruth Klenke of Edwardsville; many nieces; nephews; other extended family and friends.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Louise and Norman Woods; two brothers, Wilmer Klenke and Edwin Klenke and four brothers-in-law, Edmond Eberhart, Ernest Ostendorf, Earl Bartels and Don Wilkening.
In celebration of his life, a memorial visitation will be at Central Christian Church, 2020 Johnson Road in Granite City, Illinois on Saturday, September 30, 2017 from 10:00 a.m. until time of memorial service at 11:00 a.m. with Reverend Derrell Brame officiating.
Private burial will be at a later date at the Immanuel United Church of Christ Cemetery in Hamel.
Memorials may be made to Central Christian Church.
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