John E. “Jack” Klar, 86, of Lebanon, passed away Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012, at his residence, while surrounded by his loved ones.
Jack was born July 20, 1926, in Lafayette, to the now late Joseph Jefferson and Emily May (LeMay) Klar. He attended schools in Lafayette, and graduated from Jefferson High School in 1945.
He enlisted in the United States Army during World War II. He served in Japan, France, Belgium, Germany and the Philippine Islands, serving honorably from 1945 to 1947.
Jack married Lucille Antoinette Reiss on Jan. 28, 1950, at St. Boniface Church in Lafayette. Mrs. Klar survives.
Following his service in the military, he trained at the Lafayette Dental Laboratory from 1947 to 1958. In 1958, the family moved to Lebanon and he opened the Klar Dental Lab, which he operated until his retirement in 2008.
A wonderful husband, father, grandfather and friend, Jack loved his children and grandchildren dearly and enjoyed attending their events. For leisure time, Jack enjoyed golfing, having made two hole-in-ones. He also enjoyed fishing, especially his trips to Canada to fish and relax with friends.
Jack was a dedicated and active member of St. Joseph Catholic Church in Lebanon. He had been active in the Holy Name Society, and was a 4th Degree member of the Knights of Columbus. He also was a member of the Lebanon Elks Lodge and the American Legion.
Survivors include his wife, Lucille A. “Lucy” Klar of Lebanon; two children, Joseph “Joe” Klar and Jennifer (Rick) Ellis, all of Lebanon; three grandchildren, Joseph Lee Ellis, Kyle Ellis and Lauren Ellis, all of Lebanon; and three sisters, Ruth Ann Ashton of Asheville, N.C., and Mary (Don) Board and Bernadette (Charles “Chuck”) Head, all of Lafayette.
He was preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Joanne Ruben, Glennie Bryant and Karen Ubelhor.
The Rosary, as well as Knights of Columbus rites, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 29, at Myers Mortuary, 1502 N. Lebanon St., Lebanon. Visitation will be 4 to 8 p.m., with Elks rites at 7:30 p.m., Thursday at the funeral home. The funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Nov. 30, at Myers Chapel of Memories, with the Rev. Timothy Kroeger officiating. Interment with military rites will follow at the St. Joseph Cemetery in Lebanon.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church Building Fund, P. O. Box 309, Lebanon, IN 46052.
Online condolences may be made at www.myersmortuary.com.