OBITUARY – John J. (Jack) Klotz – April 16, 1925 – May 21, 2023

John “Jack” Klotz, aged 98, left for Heaven on Sunday May 21st 2023 at his home surrounded by the love of his family.

Jack was born April 16, 1925 to Tyler and Marie (Whitfield) Klotz in Joplin, Missouri. A veteran of World War II, he enlisted in the Army Air Corps in 1942 and served as a bombardier on a B-29 stationed in Saipan. Following his service, he earned a degree in Pharmacy in 1951 from the University of Missouri Kansas City and spent his professional career in pharmaceutical sales.

During his college tenure, Jack met and married his wife, Shirley (Humphries) in 1948 and they had three children – John, Richard, and Susan. They moved in 1961 and have called Denver home ever since.

He loved baseball, particularly the St. Louis Cardinals and the Colorado Rockies. It was with great pride that he participated with the Model “A” Ford Club to open Coors Field in 1995. He also has a brick in Coors Field reading “From Cardinals fan to Rockies fan”.

He was known to our family in many capacities – husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, but he was a central part of all our lives providing each of us with love, guidance, and support. He always had a smile for you and a story, typically humorous, to share. We are all blessed to have been able to share so many memories with him.

Jack is survived by his wife of 74 years, Shirley, sons John (Ann) and Richard (Susan), and daughter Susan, along with grandchildren Lisa, Greg, Kristy, Hayley, Julie, Joe; and two great granddaughters Halle and Claire; five nephews and one niece. He was preceded in death by his parents, sister Barbara, son-in-law Gary, and grandson Andy.

Military honors will be held Tuesday, June 20th at 10:30 am at Ft. Logan National Cemetery, 4400 W. Kenyon Ave., Denver, CO 80236. Services to follow at 12:00 pm at Wellshire Presbyterian Church, 2999 S. Colorado Blvd., Denver, CO 80222. Reception immediately following.

Editor’s note:

John’s wife, Shirley Klotz has been a dedicated Villager volunteer for over 15 years and the Villager staff wishes to express our deepest condolences for her loss of an amazing partner.