James R. Klatt, 59|
Sept. 22, 1955 -- Dec. 26, 2014
Memorial Services will be held Saturday, Jan. 3, 2015, at Pilgrim United Church of Christ, 1621 2nd Ave., Grafton, at 2 p.m. for James R. Klatt, age 59, of Grafton, who passed away with dignity on Friday evening, Dec. 26, 2014, at Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center. A memorial gathering will be held at Pilgrim United Church of Christ on Saturday from 12:30 p.m. until the time of services. Military honors will follow the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials to the family, which will be used for a Marine Corps scholarship fund in Jamesí memory or the Wounded Warrior Project are appreciated. For online condolences, please visit www.muellerfuneralhome.com.
James was born in Port Washington on Sept. 22, 1955, the son of Lester and Jane (nee Egelhoff) Klatt.
He graduated from Homestead High School in 1974 and immediately joined the Marine Corps for five years during the Vietnam War era. On Aug. 16, 1986, he married Patrice M. Hennings at St. Peterís United Church of Christ in Kiel, and they were blessed with two daughters.
James was a member of the Thiensville Fire Department for 25plus years, where he started the dive team and was an EMT. He was also a hunter safety instructor for 10 years and an avid hunter and fisherman. He enjoyed spending time with his family at the cabin in Hayward and especially the family cottage on Cedar Lake.
James is survived by his wife, Patrice; daughters, Laura (Richard) Brooks and Lindsey Klatt; siblings, Steve (Nancy) Klatt, Kathy (Stan) Klatt-Siehndel and Tony Klatt; father-in-law, Robert Hennings; brother-in-law, Bob (Karen) Hennings; sisters-in-law, Sue (Scott) Bartlein, Pat (Larry) Hennings-Bonde and Nancy Klatt; several nieces, nephews, other relatives and many friends. Preceded in death by his parents, brothers George and Charlie Klatt, motherin- law Carole Hennings and brother-in-law Tom Hennings.
Jamesí family wishes to thank the compassionate transplant team at Froedtert Memorial Hospital and the caring staff in the Palliative Care Unit at Clement Zablocki VA Medical Center.