In Memory

Thomas E Kleppe - Class Of 1960

Thomas E Kleppe


Washington 1960 Thomas E Kleppe


PEORIA - Thomas Kleppe, 74, of Peoria passed away at 9:15 p.m. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017, in his home, after a long struggle with Alzheimer's disease and prostate cancer.

He was born on June 26, 1942, in Peoria, the son of Henry and Maxine Allen Kleppe. He married Janice Gleason in South Bend, IN, on December 28, 1968. She survives.

Also surviving are three children, Sheila (Brad) Fink of Edelstein, Joseph (Jolene) Kleppe of Woodbury, MN, and Sharon Kleppe of Peoria; three grandchildren, Max and Julia Fink and Aurora Kleppe; one brother-in-law, Michael (Pati) Gleason of La Mirada, CA; 7 nieces; and 3 nephews.

Tom was preceded in death by his parents and one brother, Robert Seals.

Thomas graduated from Washington High School in South Bend, IN, in 1960. He served in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Germany in 1968 and 1969. Tom was a journeyman ironworker for Peoria Ironworkers Local 112 for 38 years, retiring in 2007. He was a fan of NASCAR and the Chicago Bears. He most enjoyed time spent with his children and grandchildren.

Tom was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church, where he served as an usher and Eucharistic minister.

A funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, January 28, 2017, at St. Jude Catholic Church in Peoria. Father Eric Bolek will officiate. Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Friday, January 27, 2017, at the church, and also one hour prior to the Mass on Saturday. Cremation will be accorded following the service. A burial will take place at Swan Lake Memory Gardens in Peoria at a later date.

Haskell-Hott Funeral Homes in Princeville is in charge of arrangements.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul, in care of St. Jude Catholic Church in Peoria.

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