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.