A devoted husband, father, grandfather, and great grandfather, John Anthony Klotz was born May 11, 1944, in Houston to parents Leon Paul and Willie Mae (Chmiel) Klotz. He was the firstborn of seven siblings.
He passed away on Monday, April 6, 2020.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Patricia (Michaelis) Klotz, daughters Kimberly Hulsey and husband Dustin, Camille Herring and husband Brandon, son John David Klotz, and mother in law Marguerite Michaelis.
Also survived by grandchildren John Fennelly and wife Tiffany, Nick Klotz and wife Mackenzie, Tyler Klotz and wife Ariel, Hunter and Jaxon Herring.
Great-grandchildren Jesse Fennelly, Delaney Fennelly, Oaklee Klotz, and James Klotz.
Brother Patrick Klotz and wife Audrey, sister Sharon Menefee and husband John, sister Gale Parker, and sisters in law Mitzi Klotz and Claire Klotz. Brothers in law Michael Michaelis and wife Robin, Leroy (Gus) Michaelis and wife Sylvia, Gordon Michaelis and wife Lupe, Charles Michaelis and wife Virginia, and David Michaelis and wife Myra. Many nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
John was predeceased by his parents Leon and Willie Mae Klotz, father in law Leroy Michaelis. Brothers Barnard Klotz, Kenneth (Butch) Klotz, and Michael Klotz. Also sister in law Shirley Descant Klotz and brother in law Thomas Michaelis.
John was raised in the Catholic faith and attended Holy Name and St. Thomas. He graduated from St. Pius in 1962. He grew up on the north side of Houston. His best friends were his cousins. His memories were overnights at Aunt Fina’s, weekends with his dad and Uncle Marion, brothers and cousins fishing on the Brazos River. Sleeping on the screened porch on Chestnut St. Amazing meals at his “Busha’s.” Vacations at New Braunfels, and deer leases in Cat Spring and Magnolia.
His paths crossed with Pat long before they met. Her family lived in Sealy and they also vacationed in New Braunfels.
Deer lease stories rarely included or ended with venison! But they always included campfires, barbeques, fixing up the campsites, and companionship. Many of the nieces and nephews were part of this adventure.
In high school, his weekends were spent with friend Ronnie Reina at San Leon.
Also before he met Pat, there were cars! Many cars and many races! Those stories held your attention and always and always ended with a good laugh. Or maybe a gasp!
He had a strong work ethic, beginning work at Royal Sheet Metal with his brothers and cousins. The business was begun by his father and Uncle Marion Klotz. John even attained a commercial driver's license at the age of 14! He made deliveries throughout Houston for the company.
Later he attended trade school and was a sheet metal mechanic and insulator. Through Sheet Metal Workers Local 54, he worked mostly downtown and the Medical Center.
He was on the way to work one morning when he suffered a massive heart attack and struck a fire hydrant on S. Shepard Street. Houston Police Sgt. Jeff Bickel was behind him and began CPR, quickly followed by officers Troy Burnet and David Gutierrez. Following a quadruple bypass in September 1992, he promptly recovered and returned to work for several years before retiring.
John and the officers were recognized by ABC 13 at a banquet at their studios promoting mass CPR training. They were also featured in a news segment on the news along with the HFD responders.
In John’s retirement, he bought a Yamaha V Star and enjoyed leisure rides with friends. He made a trip with cousins to Big Bend, Alpine, and Ft. Davis which became a lasting memory.
His recent introduction to the world wide web was another source of humor. He could frequently be found looking at YouTube videos on campers or houseboats. He was assisted with What’s App and enjoyed frequent visits with friend Eberhard Wedell in Germany. And texting! Voice texts were usually followed by “stupid phone, that’s not what I said.”
Recently he traveled to the Hill Country with Pat, Patrick and Audrey to visit brother Barnard before his passing. John looked forward to Pat’s upcoming retirement and more trips with Patrick and Audrey. He also looked forward to his upcoming birthday and reunion planned by his daughters.
John joined the Episcopal Church and was an active member of St. John’s. He served as Junior Warden, and since this a “forever” duty, he was always ready and available to fix anything.
He was an officer with Cat Spring Hermann Sons Life.
He enjoyed his yard, his grandchildren and great-grandchildren’s sports and activities. Though 1500 miles separated some of them, a visit, video or photo was always treasured. His love for his family was immeasurable, and the children were fortunate to have visits or trips and spring breaks with “Grandpa Mustache” and Grandma Pat.
In recent years with his failing health, John enjoyed phone visits with cousins. Any call with his brothers, sisters, and children ended with “I love you.”
Every prayer in the daily calendar seemed very appropriate for his current situation and he was frequently overcome with emotion.
He was BLESSED, and his thanks were to GOD.
He is remembered for his sense of humor, his love of family, and his kind, generous heart. He will be missed by all and his family appreciates the outpouring of condolences and love.
A memorial service will be held at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Sealy. The date will be announced later due to the current public health issues and concerns for loved one's health and safety. Knesek funeral home is handling arrangements. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.