OREGON – Jess L. Klitz, 93, passed away Sunday, Jan. 26, 2014, at Serenity Hospice & Home in Oregon. Jess was formerly of Sterling and Morrison.
He was born Oct. 14, 1920, in Rock Run Township, Stephenson County, the son of Jesse John and Hazel Alice (Morrison) Klitz. He was educated at Jefferson Rural School of Mount Carroll in Carroll County.
He married Dorothy V. Beveroth on Feb. 11, 1942, at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Herman E.A. Beveroth of rural Morrison. He was baptized and confirmed March 29, 1942, at St. Peter Evangelical Lutheran Church of Morrison. He served as a church board member for many years, and was instrumental in the construction of the existing church. He was a chartered member of the Livestock Feeders Association of Whiteside County, and served as director, secretary-treasurer, vice president, president and director at large. He also served on the Agriculture Stablization Conservation Board for 20 years, and was a lifetime member of the Whiteside County Farm Bureau.
He enjoyed playing organized baseball on the Fairhaven and Chadwick teams. He and his wife, Dorothy, purchased a farm in the summer of 1951, north of Sterling. They hosted many gatherings at their farm that are fondly remembered by family members. They moved to Morrison in 1976. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed walking. He was a devoted Chicago Cubs Fan.
He is survived by several in-laws, and many nieces, nephews, and cousins.
He was preceded in death by his wife Dorothy; parents; brothers, Roy, Wilbur, Russell, and Maurice; and a niece, Sally Dusing.
Visitation will be from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Wednesday and the funeral at 11 a.m. Wednesday at St. Peter Lutheran Church, with Rev. Mark Winkelman officiating. Burial will be at Grove Hill Cemetery in Morrison.
Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church or Serenity Hospice & Home.
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