Andrew C. Klem, 93, St. Anthony

Andrew C. Klem, 93, of St. Anthony, died Friday, December 14, at Brookside Village in Jasper. He was born in St. Anthony March 16, 1925, to Anthony and Katie (Hasenour) Klem. He married Valada Bartley August 28, 1947, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Jasper. She died March 8, 2010.

Andrew was a U.S. WWII Army veteran, serving as a sergeant in the 492nd Quartermaster Company. He was the owner of Klem Construction Company, which he had started in 1949. He was a member of St. Anthony Church and its Holy Name Society, St. Anthony Community Center, St. Anthony American Legion Post 493, and VFW Post 673. He was past president and on the board of directors for the St. Anthony Water Utility Company, past president of the St. Anthony Community Center, where he served two terms, served on the advisory board of the former Dubois County Bank, a past board member of the St. Anthony Investment Organization, co-founder of the original B&G Tire and Supply Company in Jasper, and a former member of the Dubois County Builders Association. He received a 25 year pin for the St. Vincent de Paul Society and received the Evansville Diocese Brute Award along with his wife. He enjoyed driving his truck, mowing, and going to the casino.

He is survived by three sisters, Loretta Humbert, Celestine, Clarissa Gehlhausen, Jasper, and Anna Betz, St. Anthony; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents and wife he was preceded in death by three sisters, Leona Jahn, Frances Klem, and Ardella Humbert, and two brothers, Edward and Alois Klem.

Friends may call from 2-8 p.m. Monday at the Becher-Kluesner Downtown Chapel in Jasper, and from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday at St. Anthony Church. Memorial contributions can be made to St. Anthony Church, Heart-to-Heart Hospice, or to a favorite charity. Online condolences can be shared at A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the church with burial following in the church cemetery. American Legion Post 493 will conduct military graveside rites.

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