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Col Louis John Klekas

Col Louis John Klekas

Death 16 Jun 1995 (aged 74)
Burial Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA
Plot V_424_8
Memorial ID 151794 · View Source
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The Salt Lake Tribune
June 19, 1995
page A5


Colonel Louis J. Klekas was born November 12, 1920, in Magna, Utah, to John and Wilma Klekas. He was the oldest of eight children who he helped to raise on a hard scrabble farm during the Depression.

A graduate of Cypress High School, he attended Utah State University and later earned a B.S. from Michigan State University. He also attended the Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.

He was drafted during World War II and at the recommendation of his superiors, he was nominated to Officers Candidate School, becoming a lieutenant. His military career spanned 31 years; he retired at the rank of Colonel in 1973.

During the war, he served with Company A, "his boys" of the 793rd M.P. battalion. He had a number of command responsibilities: Provost Marshal, 8th Infantry Division and 101st Airborne Division; commander, 16th M.P. group in Viet Nam and 6th M.P. group in San Francisco (heading criminal investigations for the 13 western states); and Deputy Provost Marshal, U.S. Army, Europe.

His awards included the Legion of Merit with Two Oak Clusters and the Senior Parachute Badge. His career was perhaps best summarized by Lt. Gen. Stanley R. Larsen, who said, "I have never served with a finer Provost Marshal. He is a wise, kind, humble man with great strength of character."

He married Elaine (Helen) Floor at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral in August 1943. They raised five children and traveled the world together, making many lifelong friends wherever they went. She passed away in 1983. He was a loving and supportive father, a doting grandfather, a gentleman and a loyal friend.

Proud of his Greek-American heritage, he spoke fluent Greek. He was an avid sports fan and had a deep connection with the beauty of the Utah mountains. A lover of music, he often related stories of dancing with Helen to the original 40's big bands all over the world, and could quote lyrics of most any Duke Ellington composition.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Helen; his father, John; his sister, Irene; and his brothers, Frank and Mike.

He is survived by his mother, Wilma of Magna; his children, John (wife Ann) of Washington, D.C.; Stephanie of San Francisco; Jeffrey (wife Nancy) and James, Salt Lake; and daughter, Katherine (husband Brian Higham) of Seattle; grandchildren, Kristina, Steven and Michael Klekas, Anastasia and Elias Higham; brothers, Gus, Nick, Harry and Bill and their families; and a wonderful extended family including many nieces, nephews and in-laws.

His family is especially grateful for the loving care given to him in recent months by Mary Floor, Effie and Tink Thiese, Joe and Gerry Gisler, and his special friend, Sherri Cramer.

Funeral services will be held Wednesday, June 21, 1995, at 1 p.m. at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Cathedral, 279 South 300 West. Friends may call on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Deseret Mortuary, 36 East 700 South. Interment, Mt. Olivet. Funeral directors, Deseret Mortuary.

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  • Imported from: UT State Historical Society
  • Added: 2 Feb 2000
  • Find A Grave Memorial 151794
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Col Louis John Klekas (12 Nov 1920–16 Jun 1995), Find A Grave Memorial no. 151794, citing Mount Olivet Cemetery, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah, USA ; Maintained by Utah State Historical Society (contributor 4) .