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
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" @


Condolence & Memory Journal

I was sitting in my 'me'room tonight and Jeff came to mind. I am so sorry to hear of his passing. Jeff and I served together at Nellingen, actually I replaced him in major Olers shop, about 4 or 5 months before he PCs'd. Played a lot of pool together and drank some Hof. God bless, Jeff

Posted by Bob Purcell - Martindale, TX - friend   December 30, 2020

Posted by Richard Baker - STICKNEY, IL, IL - classmate   December 30, 2020

Hi Jeff, it was a big pleasant time with you in Bad Kreuznach. I always wanted to go on the helicopter with you but wou couldet allow it to mit wat I understand. May be we see us again in onother life.

Posted by Rolf Keese - Bad Kreuznach   October 18, 2019

Violet, Charlene and I are so sorry to learn of Jeff's passing. He was witty, smart and a pleasure to work with. I am proud to have served with him in the Quartermaster Corps, he was a big influence on it's future course's of instruction.

Posted by Joe Bechely - Louisville, KY - Friend   September 11, 2019

My sincere condolences to the family and especially, Mrs. Violet Klaren. Jeff was an outstanding family man, soldier and a super friend to me. We enjoyed many hours together, to include work, Golf and exceptional meals. He made the Army, the Quartermaster Corps and all he met better. He will be missed...

Posted by David Lee - Chester, VA   September 08, 2019

I had the pleasure of meeting Jeff and Violet approximately a year ago. I cared for Jeff on several occassions and loved every minute. He was a fabulous, caring gentleman. I will miss him terribly.

Posted by Candy Dixon - Harrison Township, MI - friend   September 05, 2019

To the Family, friends and loved ones of SGM(R) Klaren. Please accept my heartfelt condolences, thoughts and prayers. May your fond memories give you strength and comfort at this very difficult time.
God bless.

Posted by June Seay - Chester, VA   September 05, 2019

God Bless your family in this time of loss. You will be missed as a person and Quartermaster collegue.
SGM (R) Joseph Munson

Posted by Joseph Munson - Madison, AL   September 05, 2019

Jeff, you were a great friend I will never forget the times we had in OKI and Ft Lee in working together and after work May you RIP and I'm including you and yours in my prayers.

Posted by Ronald Fox - Hopewell, VA - military   September 04, 2019

To the Klaren Family,
Please accept our heartfelt condolences for the loss of SGM Klaren. He was a great leader and person. He always treated you like a person regardless of how junior you were to him. May the Lord bring you peace during these difficult times.

Posted by Willie Lee - Prince George, VA   September 04, 2019

So many owe so much to this great soldier & caring leader. He will be sorely missed but leaves a legacy of selfless service and countless friends who admired & loved him. Sherry & I offer our prayers and condolences to Violet and the family.

Posted by Tom Glisson - Belle Isle, FL   September 04, 2019

I served with Sergeant Major Jeff Klaren while assigned to the Quartermaster School. I distinctly remember his precise articulation on a myriad of topics. He was a great Soldier and Leader. My sincere condolences to his family. May God comfort you during this difficult time.

Posted by Jim Tolbert - North Chesterfield, VA   September 03, 2019

Sergeant Major Jeff Klaren, K9, was a great Soldier, Leader, Mentor and Friend. I was honored to serve with him. I am deeply saddened by his passing. I offer sincere condolences to Violet and his family. May God comfort you in your sorrow.

Posted by Scott West - Appomattox, VA   August 31, 2019

I was blessed with having taken care of Jeffrey several times over the past couple years and enjoying conversation with his beautiful wife, Violet, who's warm smile lights up a room. You and the memory of your husband will remain in my thoughts. -Lisa, unit 43

Posted by Lisa Smith - Macomb, MI - Acquaintance   August 30, 2019

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