---- — DANVILLE — John “Jack” Klage, 78, of Danville passed away Sunday, April 20, 2014, at 9:45 a.m. at Presence United Samaritans Medical Center in Danville.
Jack was born Nov. 11, 1935, in Danville, the son of John F. and Dorothy (Anderson) Klage.
On June 17, 1960, he married the love of his life, Mary Lou Walker. She survives.
Also surviving are his daughter, Michelle (Mike) Elmendorf of Danville; and three grandchildren, Bailey Reese, Nolan Reese and Devynn Elmendorf, all of Danville.
Jack graduated from Daniel Grade School and then Danville High School. He was employed as president of Hill Packing Company, and served as chairman of the Danville Election Commission for many years. He retired from the U.S. Marshal’s Service in 1992.
Jack was a life member of Bethel Lutheran Church, Further Light Lodge 1130, Elks Club 332, Vermilion County War Museum Society and The North American Hunting Club. He also was a member of the Danville Boat Club, Danville Country Club, Gao Grotto, Order of the Eastern Star, Eastern Illinois Shrine, 32nd Degree Mason in the Scottish Rite, Vermilion County Museum Society, American Legion Post 210, Vermilion County Farm Bureau and Pheasants Forever.
As one of Jack’s friends said, “Everyone who had the privilege of knowing Jack had a much better and richer life because of him.”
He was an avid hunter and enjoyed fishing, going to French Lick, Ind., playing gin and poker with friends, spending time at his condo at Siesta Key, Fla., watching all sports on TV and spending time with his three beloved grandchildren as they grew.
A celebration of Jack’s life will begin at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 23, at Bethel Lutheran Church in Danville. Officiating will be Pastor Ed Stone. Burial will follow at Gordon Cemetery. A visitation will be 5-8 p.m. Tuesday, April 22, at Sunset Funeral Home and Cremation Center, a Life Celebration Home, in Danville. Memorials may be made in Jack’s name to Bethel Lutheran Church or the Presence Cancer Care Center of Danville.
Please join Jack’s family in sharing photos, videos and memories of his life through his Tribute Wall at www.sunsetfuneralhome.com.