In Loving Memory
May 02, 1933 – February 08, 2015
John D. Klemm passed away on February 8, 2015. He was born in Boston, Massachusetts on May 2, 1933. He joined the United States Coast Guard in May 1950, after a long and successful career LCDR John Klemm retired from the United Stated Coast Guard while serving as the Group Mobile Executive Officer. In April 1951, he married the love of his life, Marguerite Ayers in Salem, Massachusetts.
He is survived by his wife, Marguerite; his daughters, Donna Pappas, Bernadette Finn, Mary Tillgren; his sons, John Klemm Jr. and David Klemm; his sister, Helen Colclough; thirteen grandchildren, twenty-five great grandchildren and many other relatives and friends.
John was a very kind and loving man, everyone that met him liked him. He had a knack of making people feel good and let them know how much he really appreciated them. He served his country in times of war joining the United States Coast Guard during the Korean War and serving in Viet Nam 1968 to 1969. He flew as an air crewman in the United States Coast Guard on many life saving missions on number of different types of aircraft. He became well versed in many aspects of electronics and communications. He went on to manage electronics and communications infrastructure and personnel for the United States Coast Guard in two Districts before his final position as the Executive Officer at Group Mobile. At WLO, a Mobile, Alabama based Marine Radio Station, where he worked to help WLO grow and move from the teletypes to satellite type communications. John was a devout Catholic and long time member of Our Savior Catholic Church, Mobile, Alabama. He was a wonderful and proud Father, Grandfather and friend to many, he will be missed.
A graveside service will be held at 10:00am on Friday, February 13, 2015 at the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 34904 Alabama Highway 225, Spanish Fort, AL 36527. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in John’s memory to St. Jude’s Research Hospital, www.stjude.org. Expressions of condolence may be offered at www.hughesfh.com. Arrangements are by Hughes Funeral Home and Crematory, 7951 American Way, Daphne, AL 36526.