THOMAS W. KLENZThomas W. Klenz, 75, Green Bay, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the Unity Hospice residence.
Thomas W. Klenz, 75, Green Bay, passed away Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at the Unity Hospice residence.
He was born on Aug. 13, 1937 in Milwaukee to the late Lee and Ray Klenz.
In May 1961, Tom married Charlotte De Bauche. Tom started his career at the YMCA in Milwaukee while attending high school. Upon graduation from the University of Wisconsin - Milwaukee in 1959, he was the youth director and camp director for the Appleton YMCA from 1960 to 1966. He then became the camp director at Camp Miller in Duluth, from 1966 to 1978, where he also served as executive director from 1978 to his retirement in 1993. After his retirement, Tom worked for the national YMCA as a risk management consultant from 1993 to 2005.
Tom also served as the president for the Kiwanis Club in Duluth from 1987 to 1988. On March 30, 1988, Tom received a liver transplant at Mayo Clinic. Following his transplant, he and Charlotte started an organ transplant support group and also became a volunteer chaplain at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth. He also volunteered his time as a bookkeeper for Duluth Habitat for Humanity. In 2007, Tom and Charlotte moved to Green Bay where they attend Highland Crest Baptist Church.
In addition to his parents, Tom was preceded in death by his daughter, Lynn in 1976 and his brother, Ken.
Tom is survived by his loving wife, Charlotte; one son, Jeffrey Klenz M.D. Boston, Mass.; one sister, Carol Klenz, Milwaukee; and one brother, Bill (Mary) Klenz, Charlotte, N.C.
VISITATION: 2 to 4 p.m. Friday, July 26, in Lyndahl Funeral Home, 1350 Lombardi Avenue. Online condolences may be expressed at www.lyndahl.com.
VISITATION: 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 3, 2013 until the 11 a.m. memorial service in Emmanuel Baptist Church, 1505 Eklund Avenue, Duluth.
A memorial fund has been established in Tom's name with proceeds to Unity Hospice and the Duluth YMCA Camp Miller Scholarship Fund.
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