Mr. James G. "Jim" Klosterman, 82, passed away peacefully Thursday, October 30, at Albany Health Care in Albany, Indiana.
Born October 14, 1926 in Dayton, Ohio, he was the son of Julius Rudolph and Helen Mary Hemmert Klosterman. He was a 1944 graduate of Ansonia High School and served in the US Army in Occupied Japan during World War Two. He graduated from Purdue University, of which he remained a lifelong diehard Boilermaker, with a degree in agriculture in 1949. Beginning in 1949, he worked 25 years in the family grain elevator business, first at Ohio City Grain until 1959 and then as owner/operator of Harrisville Grain until 1974. He worked at Campbell's Soup until 1978 when he joined Naas Foods in Portland, where he worked in maintenance until retiring in 1988. He was formerly active as a Little League coach and served his community through the Saratoga Lions Club and the American Legion in Ridgeville. His love of animals ensured an assortment of feathered and furry creatures around his home and his knack for fixing things kept everything around him in good repair.
Mr. Klosterman will be missed by his wife, the former Priscilla Ruble, whom he married January 23, 1969; 6 children, Susan (Michael) Beckett, Chesterton, IN; Joe (Mary) Klosterman, St. Marys, OH; Theresa (John) Fisher, Winchester; Dan (Vicky) Vinson, Union City, IN; Julie (Chris) McCoy, Pensacola, FL; Jamie Klosterman, Riverview, MI; 15 grandchildren, including caregiver Molly Jane Miller; 9 great-grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
Mr. Klosterman was preceded in death by his parents and 1 son, David Klosterman.
A funeral ceremony will be conducted at 1:00 p.m. Monday, November 3, at Smith & McQuiston Funeral Home, 321 US 27 South, Fountain City. Interment will follow in New Garden Cemetery.
Family and friends may gather for visitation from 2-6 p.m. on Sunday, November 2, at the funeral home.
Memorials may be sent to the Alzheimer's Association, 9135 North Meridian Street, Suite B-4, Indianapolis, Indiana 46209-7109.