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.
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.
Russell was preceded in death by his wife, Lura M., son Thomas R., and
brother, Aubrey C. Klett in 2012, and his loving parents.
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,
Flowers can be sent
to Fairhaven Baptist Church, 86 E. Oakhill Rd. Chesterton, In. 46304. To
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