Lewis Kliem

A Memorial Mass for Lewis William Kliem, 65, Lawrence will be held 10 a.m. Monday, May 16, 2011 at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.  Inurnment will take place at a later date at St. Concordia Catholic Cemetery in Concordia, KS.  Lew died May 13, 2011 at Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

He was born on February 20, 1946 in Salina, KS the son of Edwin Francis and Harriett Violet (Kelsey) Kliem.

Lew served 23 years in the U.S. Navy including service in Vietnam.  During his service Lew worked as a Corpsman and Bio- Medical Repairman.  Later, he retired from Lawrence Memorial Hospital where he continued his work as a Bio-Medical Repairman for 20 years. 

He was a member of the VFW and Corpus Christi Catholic Church, where he was involved with prayer groups, Marriage Encounter, served as an usher and recently as a Lay Eucharistic Minister.   His many friends knew him as an avid golfer.

He married Ann Chaput on July 28, 1966 in Concordia, KS.  She survives of the home.

Other survivors include two daughters, Marcey Jo Reilly and husband, Dennis, Kansas City, MO, Judi Ann Higgins and husband, Brent, Steamboat Springs, CO; five sons, Lewis Von and wife, Becca, Charlottesville, VA, Jonathan Wade, Lawrence, Marc William and wife, Erin, Lawrence, Alex Edwin and wife, Dorothy, Lawrence, Matthew Thomas and wife, Deborah, Lawrence; one sister, Sandra Kay Peterson, husband, Gene, Salina;14 grandchildren and one grandson on the way and several nieces and nephews.  He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant brother.

A Rosary will be said at 5 p.m. Sunday, May 15, 2011 followed by a visitation until 7 p.m. at Corpus Christi Catholic Church.

The family suggests memorial contributions in his name to Corpus Christi Catholic Church or the American Cancer Society and may be sent in care of Warren-McElwain Mortuary.

16 Condolences

  1. Evelyn Cambria on May 14, 2011 at 8:04 pm

    Lew, may you rest in peace and glory. My thoughts and prayers are with you Ann and the family. May our Lord Jesus Christ comfort you and watch over you now and forever.


  2. Mary Janet Brumfield on May 14, 2011 at 8:22 pm

    My brother in law Lew… Going to miss future rides to Topeka! I know you will be with me no matter where I go. God bless and keep my sister… “Your Angel” who is not in disguise… but one well seen and known by all.To be as kind and patient as she is is a blessing beyond words. I love you Ann and I ask for blessings to your whole family. Janet

  3. Scott Burkhart on May 15, 2011 at 7:19 am

    Lew, though we didn’t spend much time together in the recent years, I will always treasure our friendship and the time we did share when our boys were younger. Most of all you knew how to be a friend. God bless you. Scott

  4. Lorrie Huehl on May 15, 2011 at 7:52 am

    Aunt Ann and family….I would name you all but way to many of you! I told Aunt Ann on facebook that what I will miss the most from Uncle Lew was his smile and wonderful laugh! Now all I have to do is look at all my gorgeous cousins(sons) and I will see him! I am truly sorry and will be praying for all of you for strength to get through…Love you all!!!

  5. Janet (Cailteux) Weber on May 15, 2011 at 2:11 pm

    My sincere sympathy Ann, to you and your children. God Bless

  6. Judith Ann Evans on May 15, 2011 at 2:47 pm

    Dearest Ann,
    My sincere condolences to you and all of your family. Although I now attend Sacred Heart in Tonganoxie; I remember receiving the sacraments from Lew when I was a member at Corpus Christi. I know he will be missed by all. My prayers and thoughts are with you and your family, May God bring you peace in this time of sorrow.

  7. Garland and Shelley Ellenburg on May 15, 2011 at 3:10 pm

    Dear Kleim family,

    Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time. Garland ans Shelley Ellenburg

  8. Christine Palmer Jensen on May 15, 2011 at 10:44 pm

    I was so sad to hear of Mr. Kliem’s passing. I attended St. Barnabas School in Alameda, CA with the Kliem children. Please accept my deepest condolences.

  9. Mike Lamone/SHS Class of 1964 on May 16, 2011 at 8:49 am

    So sorry to hear about the passing of Lewis. We go back to 7th grade. Played little league baseball together. I will always remember he would smile at the pitcher when he came to bat. My sincere condolences to the family and friends.
    Mike Lamone/ SHS class of 1964

  10. Wendy Snow on May 16, 2011 at 9:42 am

    I am so sorry for your loss. Lew was such a great man. I always enjoyed his sense of humor and he was the “quiet” to Ann’s bubbly personality..what a wonderful match! I am glad he is not suffering and is in Heaven.

  11. Jorge Ramirez on May 16, 2011 at 10:19 am

    Dear Ann and family, I am so sorry to hear Lew has left us so soon. I did not know he was only three days older than me. I have many wonderful memories of our days in Alameda. God’s peace to all of you and know that you are in my prayers. George

  12. Amy Vignery on May 16, 2011 at 1:28 pm

    I didn’t know Lew very well but when I think of him I always see him smiling and cracking jokes.My condolences to the family.

  13. Clif and Kathleen Martin on May 16, 2011 at 6:07 pm

    Ann and family,
    Our hearts are heavy with sorrow at your loss. So many years together. We have so many wonderful memories of the two of you and the many things we shared and that you did for us. Please know we send you our love and heartfelt condolences.
    With love and prayers,
    Clif and Kathleen

  14. Dennis & Leanna Nobert on May 16, 2011 at 7:52 pm

    Dear Ann and family, we are so sorry for your loss. You are in our prayers and thoughts. Gods Love be with you and yours.

  15. Michael, Zenaida, Elizabeth, Justin & Joseph Surwin on March 18, 2013 at 3:32 am

    Eternal Rest Grant Unto Him O Lord And Let Perpetual Light Shine Upon Him. For The Rest Of Us>Be Rapture Ready!!! 1Thes 4:17, John 14:1-7 1417=1417,1Cor 15:50 Matthew 21:34-36, Rev 3:8, Isaiah 26:19-21,Malachi 3:17, John 11:25-26,Luke 21:36 http://www.BibleProvenTrue.com

  16. Leslie and Mary Hood on April 18, 2013 at 1:00 pm

    Ann and Family In case you don’t remember: I,Leslie,was
    the son of Lillian Kliem Hood. She was Ed’s sister. Sorry to hear of your loss. We should have over to see you all but kept putting it off. Sorry to hear of Aunt Billie’s passing.

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