Born: February 1, 1952 - Deceased: March 7, 2023
Gary L. Klemme, 71, of Belleville, IL, passed away at his home on March 7, 2023 after a courageous battle with cancer.
Gary graduated from Belleville West High School in 1970 and earned a Master’s degree from SIUE. He was a proud business owner of Centreads Automotive and enjoyed working with his children in retirement. Gary was an Eagle Scout and active member of the Boy Scouts of America, a former Board Member of Call For Help, and a participant in many other community organizations. He believed in leaving his community a better place than he found it and extending a hand to those in need. He loved the outdoors and had a special flair for life. Most of all, he cherished his time with his family. He was a devoted husband to his wife of 42 years, a loving father to his 4 children, a loving grandfather to his 5 grandchildren, and a loyal friend to many. He will be deeply missed.
He was preceded in death by his:
- Parents: Norman D. and Eileen L., nee Kraus, Klemme
Surviving are his:
- Wife: Alesia, nee Schmale, Klemme of Belleville, IL
- Aaron (Chrisie) Klemme of Columbia, IL
- Adrienne Haas of Millstadt, IL
- Alexander (Kayla) Klemme of Columbia, IL
- Andrew Klemme of Millstadt, IL
- Melanie Klemme
- Mallory Klemme
- Blaire Klemme
- Cameron Haas
- Parker Haas
- Carol (Bruce) Bowers
- Peggy (Michael) Kumke
Memorials: Memorials may be made to Saint Louis University Cancer Center
Visitation: Visitation from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at Kurrus Funeral Home in Belleville, IL.
Funeral: Funeral Services will be held at 12:00 pm, Wednesday, March 15, 2023 at Kurrus Funeral Home, with Dr. Joe Scheets officiating. Interment will follow at Lake View Memorial Gardens, Fairview Heights, IL.