Jeffrey L. Klaren

  • Born: August 5, 1950
  • Died: August 29, 2019
  • Location: Sterling Heights, Michigan

Wujek - Calcaterra & Sons

36900 Schoenherr Rd
Sterling Heights, MI 48312

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Tel. (586) 826-8550

Tribute & Message From The Family


KLAREN, JEFFREY L. Age 69. August 29, 2019. Beloved husband of Violet (nee Cottle-Luedtke). Loving father of Lisa Lynes & loving step-father of Lori(Karl)Neff & Tracy(Arthur)Tesch III. Dearest brother of Julie Fuller & Jan(Fred)Adams. Serving as honorary pallbearers', Command Sergeant Major (R) Larry Gammon & Major General (R) Scott West. Jeffrey Lee Klaren was born in Chicago, Illinois, on August 5, 1950. Jeff attended high school at the Northwestern Military Academy in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. Upon graduation from the Academy, he attended the University of Akron in Akron, Ohio. In 1971, Jeff entered the United States Army; thus began his love for the Army and soldiering. Many great assignments followed over the years. Then in 1991, Jeff was a (resident) graduate of the Sergeant Major Academy at Fort Bliss in Texas, and promoted to Sergeant Major. Jeff retired from the Army in 2000, but continued service to his nation by supporting active duty soldiers as a Government contractor.

Golf being another passion of his, Jeff attended Golfsmith's club making courses in Texas. He was a graduate of the Beginners course thru the Master Club making course, and in 2006, he established "Klaren's Custom Golf." Being certified as a master clubmaker, he analyzed the swing of a golfer, then built custom clubs according to the golfers' individual needs.

Another sport he enjoyed, especially in the early days, was shooting pool. While attending the University of Akron, Jeff worked in the school's pool room, playing constantly, thereby learning the game. In fact, after getting out of college, he tried shooting pool for a living, however; unable to manage his finances on his winnings, that venture soon ended! As a Sergeant First Class, Platoon Sergeant in Nellingen, Germany, Jeff won the Stuttgart Billiard Championship and finished second in the Seventh Corps Billiards Championships. The following year he won the Seventh Corps Championships and finished fifth in the U.S. Army Europe Championships. Jeff recalled an incident during a 1971 exhibition by Willie Moscone at Fort Lee,Virginia. Moscone announced he would run 100 balls, then started to do so. When his total reached the 60's, and he was preparing to break the balls for another round, Jeff snapped his picture with an old fashioned camera equipped with a huge flash. The bright flash blinded Moscone and caused him to miss the shot. Moscone was infuriated and gave Jeff a very dirty look, but Moscone quickly composed himself and Jeff survived, never to make that mistake again!

Jeff had an enthusiasm for life and always said he was blessed by his Army career, his soldiers, his peers; leaders and subordinates, along with his friends and family. His was a life well-lived, but ending too soon.
Visitation Friday 3-9pm. Funeral Saturday 10:00am at Wujek-Calcaterra & Sons 36900 Schoenherr at Metro Parkway (16 Mile). Donations are welcome to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675. Interment Cadillac Memorial Gardens East with full Military Honors. Share memories with the family at their "On Line Guest Book" @ WujekCalcaterra.com