Staunton Star - Times - Published in the Interest of the Staunton Community for Over 143 Years



Gerry Earl Klenke, 71, of New Douglas, Ill., died Sunday, July 10, 2022, peacefully at home following a long illness. Gerry was born on March 9, 1951, in New Douglas, the son of Elmer and Marjorie (Westerheide) Klenke.

He graduated from Highland High School with the Class of 1969. Gerry was proud of his service in the United States Navy as a blue water veteran. He spent his working life as a truck driver and farmer.

Gerry is survived by his wife, Lorelei Klenke; his son, Nicholas (Jamie) Klenke of Maryville; five grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; siblings, Delbert, Anita, Sharon, Betty, Shirley, Bonnie, Vickie, Ruthann, Darrell, Myrna; and many nieces, nephews, and cousins. He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Jason Klenke; brother, Keith Klenke; and sister, Rosemarie King.

In keeping with Gerry's wishes, his remains were donated for medical science research after which his ashes will be returned to his family and spread privately.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society. Lesicko Funeral Home in Livingston was in charge of arrangements.


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