Norman Lee Klass, 81, of Coal City, passed away Monday in his residence. He was born June 30, 1936, in Coal City, to Herman H. Klass and Luella Karns Klass.
Norman graduated in 1954 from Coal City High School. He served his country proudly in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He was a field manager with I.B.M. retiring in 1987 after 30 years of service.
Norman in his earlier years loved to work on automobiles. He loved to collect license plates and restoring them. Norman also enjoyed collecting belt buckles. He was a member of the Saddle Club and the Coal City American Legion Post 796. He was an avid Andy Griffith fan, he loved to portray Andy or Barney in many parades in the area. Norman helped restore the Clay City Welcome Center, the former Marathon Gas Station. He was instrumental in having historical markers placed at the canal sites.
Norman was preceded in death by his parents; and a son, Michael Klass.
Survivors include his loving wife of 62 years, Patty Klass; his daughter, Rhonda Temple and her husband Clay; a brother, Todd Klass and fiancee Tammy Ninesling; grandchildren, Amber Temple and Kara Toothman and her husband Tommy; great-grandchildren, Kade Toothman and Raina Temple; his stepmother, Gloria Klass; sisters-in-law, Joyce Sanders and her husband David and Marcheta Harris; and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services are scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday, May 17, 2018, in Schoppenhorst Funeral Home, 301 E. 8th Street, Clay City, with David Sanders officiating. Burial will be in Maple Grove Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, 2018, from 4 until 7 p.m. in the funeral home. To light a candle in his memory, visit: www.schoppenhorstfuneralhome.com.
Published on May 15, 2018