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Services Wednesday for Russell E. Klett, age 91

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Mr. Russell E. Klett, 91 died Thursday afternoon, Feb. 19, 2015, at home in Chesterton, In.

He was born August 30, 1923 to Carl A. and Verley M. (Schugars) Klett.

He attended Muskegon Heights schools in Muskegon, MI graduating in 1941. He was active in the high school band and men's relay races traveling to several areas in MI for competition. In his young years, Russ learned to play the guitar and harmonica and competed once for a spot on WLS Chicago which he was so excited to win. He also played and sang on local radio station, WKBZ Muskegon for two years known as the "Singing Tunestar." At 19, he went into the armed forces (Army) as Chaplain's Assistant for Chaplain Fredrick Vogel of New York, serving in Australia, New Guinea and the Philippines in W.W.II. Upon his return, he later married his sweetheart, Lura M. (Thomas) Klett from Hollow Rock, TN, on June 7, 1946. They were married for 66 years. Long time members of Lakeside Baptist Church Muskegon, Russell and Lura served in many capacities of the church. For 17 years they, with Pastor Roy Williamson, volunteered for the Muskegon Correctional Facility on Sherman Blvd., urging the men to turn to Jesus Christ for salvation and serve the Living God. For 15 years Mr. Klett and Pastor Williamson went to De Boer Nursing Home to share the gospel with residents there. In recent years, Russ has been a member of Fairhaven Baptist Church in Chesterton, active in the Jolly 60's program on Wednesdays at 11:00 a.m. At an early age Russ made the choice to trust Christ to be his personal Savior. As a dialysis and nursing home patient he continued to share his faith with others around him and is now with the one whom he served.

Greatly missed, Russell was preceded in death by his wife, Lura M., son Thomas R., and brother, Aubrey C. Klett in 2012, and his loving parents.

Survivors include; sister-in-law Shirley (Westenfelder) Klett of Muskegon, MI, daughter Patricia of Chesterton, In, daughter-in-law Joyce (Arnold) Klett and grandson Robert C. Klett, Rocky Mount, N.C., many cousins, nieces, and nephews. Mr. Klett was a retired salesman for the Muskegon Chronicle for 25 years and also had worked for VanderVelde's Furniture, Muskegon Heights for many years prior.

The funeral service for Mr. Klett will be held at Fairhaven Baptist Church, Chesterton, IN, on Wednesday, Feb. 25, at noon CST with Pastor Steve Damron officiating. Graveside service at Lakeside Cemetery Muskegon, MI, will be held on Thursday, Feb. 26, at 11:00 a.m. EST, with Pastor Leslie K. Lew officiating. Family and friends are welcome. Burial by White-Love Funeral Home, Chesterton, In.

Flowers can be sent to Fairhaven Baptist Church, 86 E. Oakhill Rd. Chesterton, In. 46304. To send an online condolence, please visit



Posted 2/23/2015




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