Norwalk, Ohio – Vernon J. Kluding, 89, of Norwalk, Ohio, passed away Wednesday, February 7, 2018 in Ohio Veterans Home, Sandusky, Ohio. He was born May 1, 1928 in Norwalk, Ohio, to the late Edward J. and Ada M. (Fries) Kluding, and was a lifelong area resident, and a graduate of St Paul High School in 1946.
Vernon was a veteran of the U.S. Army, serving in W.W. II as a military policeman in the Philippines. He was a parishioner and usher at St. Mary’s Catholic Church. He was also a member of Ken Bur Bell Post #41 American Legion, Firelands Post #2743 Veterans of Foreign Wars, and the Knights of Columbus, having achieved the rank of 4th degree.
Vernon was primarily a carpenter, but also worked for the railroad and retired from Norwalk Furniture in 1993. In post-retirement, he drove for Services for the Aging for a decade. His most charming appeal was his love for his wife Veronica. He was a true family man and dearly loved by them. He enjoyed camping, traveling, gardening and playing Euchre. Vern was also an avid sports fan of both Norwalk and St. Paul High, frequently cheering on his many grandchildren and great grandchildren at area schools. Above all, he treasured spending time with his family.
He is survived by his wife of (66 +) years, Veronica A. (Frey) Kluding of Norwalk, Ohio, by his children, Karen (Kameron) Kuhl of Milan, Ohio, Mary Geretz, Marty (Gary) Long, Helen (Dan) Hipp, Chris Kluding, all of Norwalk, Ohio, Theresa Mills of Fremont, Ohio, Andy (Crystal) Kluding of Norwalk, Ohio, Sarah (Dan) Boatwright of Danville, California, Matt (Tara) Kluding of Milan, Ohio, and Bart Kluding of Norwalk, Ohio, 32 grandchildren, and 19 great grandchildren.
Vernon was preceded in death by his brothers, Alfred Kluding and Raymond Kluding, by his sisters, Dolores Skinn, Agnes Schafer, and Enie Frey, by his his daughter, Elizabeth in 1961, by his son, Eddie in 1970 and by his sons in law, Marc Jones in 1997 and Ralph Mills (in 2016).
Friends may call on Monday, February 12, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in Walker Funeral Home, 98 West Main Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Mass of Christian Burial will be held on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 10:30 a.m. in St. Mary Catholic Church, 38 West League Street, Norwalk, Ohio. Rev. Gilbert Mascarenhas will officiate. Interment will be in St. Paul Cemetery, Norwalk, Ohio.
Memorial contributions may be made to Eternal Word Television Network, (EWTN Radio), 5817 Old Leeds Rd. Irondale, AL 35210, Right to Life, 512 10th St. NW, Washington, DC 20004, or St. Mary Catholic Church.