Arthur J. "Bud" Klenner

Arthur J. "Bud" Klenner, 89, of Cedarburg was born to eternal life on Friday, Feb. 22, 2008.

Bud was born Feb. 19, 1919 in Houghton, Mich. to the late Arthur P. and Frances M. (nee Pfeiffer) Klenner.

He was an alumnus of the Michigan College of Mining and Technology where he earned his engineering degree in 1941. He was a member of the Theta Tau fraternity.

Bud was a resident of Cedarburg for more than 55 years.

He was the co-founder and vice president of Petron Corp. in New Berlin.

He was an active member of St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church in Cedarburg, served as past president of the Holy Name Society and served on the Archbishop’s Relief Fund.

Bud was also a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Vincent DePaul Society.

During World War II Bud served aboard the USS Curtiss. On June 21, 1945, the USS Curtiss was struck by a Japanese suicide plane off the coast of Okinawa. During this sad event lieutenant (JG) Klenner dove into the sea to rescue a fellow sailor who had been blown over board. He was given a citation and ribbons from the Navy for his efforts.

Bud was a kind, generous man who will be sadly missed by his family and friends

He is survived by his wife, Ruth of Cedarburg; his children, William of Atlanta, Ga., Mary Seppala of Niles, Mich., Thomas (Sharon) of West Bend and Paul (Pam) of Grafton; stepchildren, Jill (Randy) Radke of Cedarburg, Wendy (Ron) Spasaro of Grafton and Becky (John) Helm-linger of Grafton; grandchildren, Karen (Dave) Hossfeld of Oswego, Ill., Michelle Seppala of Detroit, Mich., Kathleen (Daniel) Hanson of Waukesha, Ryan (Carmen) Klenner of West Bend, Michael (Kim) Klenner of Eden Prairie, Minn., Joshua Klenner of Phoenix, Ariz., Daniel and Eric Klenner of Grafton, and Brandon (Kelsey) Keneproth of Houston, Texas; a brother, Paul (Evelyn) Klenner of Denver, Colo.; step- grandchildren, Eric (Lora) Radke of Campbellsport, Chad Radke of Wausau and Amy (Fred) Schommer of Sussex; a sister-in-law, Helen Klenner of Rochester, Minn.; a brother-in-law, Bob Smith of Minneapolis, Minn.; 14 great-grandchildren, four step-great-grandchildren; other relatives and friends.

He was preceded in death by his first wife Genevieve (O’Con-nell); a son, John; and a brother, Carlos Klenner.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 26, at 10 a.m. at St. Francis Borgia Catholic Church, 1375 Covered Bridge Road, Cedarburg.

Interment will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held at the Mueller Funeral Home, Cedar-burg, on Monday, Feb. 25, from 5 to 7 p.m.

Memorials to St. Francis Borgia School Building Fund are appreciated.

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