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Joseph H. Klaput, Sr.

Born: Mon., Mar. 19, 1923
Died: Thu., Apr. 22, 2010

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Joseph H. Klaput, Sr., 87, of Freeport, passed away at his home on April 22, 2010, losing his courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by his family and loved ones as he began his final journey.

Joe's visit on earth began on March 19, 1923, in Ford City. He and his twin brother George were the youngest of fourteen children born to the late Andrew P. and Mary Grace Klaput. He grew up in Ford City and Freeport, graduating from Freeport High School in 1942, where he was a member of the football and basketball teams. Like so many of his generation, he answered the call to proudly serve his country and enlisted in the Army Air Corps shortly after high school. Both he and his twin were assigned to the 447th Bomb Group, flying 12 missions together on the same B-17 airplane. However, when pulled to duty as a replacement tail gunner on another crew, Joe's plane was shot down over Germany, where he was captured and held as a Prisoner of War for 12 months. Escaping to freedom, he was liberated and safely returned home. He was awarded the Purple Heart, POW Medal and the Air Medal for his service. On July 2, 1945, he married the love of his life, Nannie Jean Kuhn Klaput. They shared over 64 years together.

Joe was employed for 36 years by Consolidated Coal Company. He worked at several local mines including Cadogan, Harmarville and Renton. He held a variety of positions, and retired in 1982 as a Mechanical and Electrical Maintenance Foreman. An avid outdoorsman, he enjoyed being at his 'Camp I Like,' hunting and fishing, and could 'tickle' a trout out of any stream. He was smooth on the dance floor and could tell the best stories. He was a tinkerer who could figure out and fix almost anything. An adventurer and explorer, he and Nannie enjoyed traveling, and visited all 50 states, 14 countries and 63 Pennsylvania counties. He was a member of St Mary Mother of God Catholic Church in Freeport, a life member of the VFW, Fraternal Order of Eagles, American Ex-Prisoners of War Group, 447th Bomb Group, White Star Club, and several social and sportsmen clubs.

Above all else, Joe's greatest joy was his family. He was a loving husband and father, and a friend to all. He will be greatly missed and forever cherished by his wife, Nannie Jean; daughters Nancy (Andrew) Ruffner, and Donna (Steven) Gardner, and son Joseph Klaput, Jr. all of Freeport; twin brother George (Delphine) Klaput, Royal Oak, MI; brothers-in-law Lloyd Jack and Leo (Doris) Kuhn; grandchildren Andrew (Tina) Ruffner, Jennifer (Leonard) Valenti, Kerri (Ben) Clepper, Joseph Klaput, III, Jessica Klaput, Brian (Lisa) Gardner, and Sean (Patti) Gardner; great grandchildren Jacob, Julia, Gracie, Cole, Keira, Molly, Andy and Finn; and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, six brothers: Walter (Wanda) Klaput, Matthew (Tara) Klaput, Edward (Lois) Klaput, Louis (Rosemary) Klaput, Raymond Klaput and Carl Klaput; and six sisters: Stella (Joseph) Blazek, Mary (Sidney) Wolfe, Helen (Walt) Burke, Genevieve (Frank) Scripps, Clara (Ray) Glenn, and Elizabeth (Rex) Riggle.

Family and friends are being received on Saturday April 24th from 6-8 pm and on Sunday April 25th from 12 to 2 and 5 to 7 p.m. in the REDMOND' FUNERAL HOME INC., 542 High Street, Freeport. A Parish Wake service will be held in the funeral home at 6:30 Sunday evening. A parting prayer service will be held in the funeral home at 9:30 am that will be followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 am at St. Mary Mother of God Roman Catholic Church, Freeport. Burial service will be held with Military Honors at St. Mary's Cemetery, Freeport.

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bonnie brad

We are so sorry to hear of the loss of Joe please accept our condulences

Eleanor Huth

Dear Nanney, I am so sorry for your loss.

My prayers and thoughts are with you

and your family at this time. He will be

greatly missed by all who knew him.

May God be with you Nanney. you two

were so very close to each other.

" I read somewhere that you were the

greatest catch of his life." I think you

know where I read that.

May his soul rest in Peace and let

Perpetual Life Shine Upon Him.....


Eleanor Huth

Stephen and Susan Greenhill

Donna, Mrs. Klaput and family,

We are sad to hear of Mr. Klaput's passing after such a courageous fight. He is now with the greatest of all Fisherman. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Love, Steve and Sue


Donna, Steve and family,

No matter how old we are, losing a father is one of the deepest sorrows a heart can know. But his goodness, his caring, and his wisdom live on....like a legacy of love that will always be with you. May the memory of his love surround you now and bring you peace.

With heartfelt sympathy,

Pola Rychlinski

Eddie and kathy Klaput

Dear Aunt Nannie, Nancy, Donna and Joey:

Your Dad was an inspiration to me and my prayers and love go out to all of you.

He is part of you as you are part of him so he lives on within you as Christ lives in us.

He was one of my heroes and I will cherish all the times we shared on the stream and camp.

We are all Blessed to have him in our lives and may you find comfort in our love and prayers for all.

Our love

Ed and Kathy Klaput

Jupiter, Fl

Paul White

I would like to extend my sympathy to the entire Klaput family. It has been many, many years since I have seen Joe, but when I read of his passing and thought of him, I could picture his smile, even before I saw the photo that is posted to this memory gallery. That smile was always there. What a nice guy your husband, father and grandfather was. Freeport has lost another fine citizen.

Take comfort in fond memories of good times together and the fact that Joe has been welcomed into His eternal kingdom with the words "well done, Joe, well done."

Thank you, Joe, for your service to our country by being a part of the "Greatest Generation." May your rest in peace.


Paul White

Sarasota, FL

jeanne and bill bush

our deepest prayers are with all of you. i will say that my boys had a great grandfather to whom they loved and respected. thankyou mr joseph for being apart of my boys life. again our deepest sympathy and prayers. bill and jeanne bush , pensacola, fl

Captain Nancy Templeton, NC, USN, Retired

Dearest Donna and Family, I offer my sincerest sympathy for your loss. May God comfort you as only He can, and may your faith sustain you. Another of our "greatest generation" received his final orders home yet he inspires me by his life of bravery, fortitude, pride, honor, faith, and family.

Michele Sieg

Donna, Andy, Steve and families,

You are in my thoughts and prayers. My deepest sympathy to you and yours on your loss. Take comfort in knowing a life well lived and a family to be proud of! A great legacy he helped to create and I have witnessed.

God Bless,

Michele and family

Chuck Wolfe

Joey and Klaput Family,

So sorry to hear about the loss of your father. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

Tom Mynchenberg

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I know he will be missed.

Ancil and MaryScull

Dear Donna and Steven and Family and MUM,

We would like to send our Sympthay and Love to all and let you know we share in your loss of Joe. We are happy we both got to meet him and know what a fine person he was. Our Deepest to MuM, Give her our BEST.

In Gods Love, Ancil and Mary

Kathleen and Brian Johnson

Dear Donna and the Klaput Family,

It is with great sorrow that we write this tribute to a great man, Joe Klaput. I served with his daughter Donna and her husband Steve in the Navy Nurse Corps for the majority of our careers. Donna always had fun, touching and colorful stories about growing up in her beloved PA and being raised by great parents. Over the years I was honored to meet both her Mum and Dad and several family events. Their love and zest for life was palable to all! They instilled great values of honor, service, integrity, faith and family in their children and all that knew them. Their legacy lives on in all they have touched. We will pray for the repose of Joe's soul and ask our dear Lord to comfort his family's hearts. Joe will be missed by all. God Bless you.

In Sympathy, Kathleen Pierce Johnson

Kevin Gallagher, CAPT, NC, USN (Ret)

My condolences to the Klaput family. Donna Jean (aka "Girlfriend") has told us stories about Mr. Klaput throughout our years in the Navy. I feel like I have known him as well. You are all in my thoughts and prayers. We are sending lots of love your way!

Lauren Wagner

Donna and family,

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. We lost my dad just a few days earlier. My deepest sympathies.


Monica Jansen


My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

Bob and Margie Baker

Dear Nannie and family,

We were so sorry to hear of the loss of Joe. Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this difficult time. Bob and Margie



My deepest sympathy to you and your family in this time of sorrow.

Joe Mohney


Your father was a great man and will be missed by many.

Bob and Sandi (Klaput) Miller

Dear Aunt Nannie, Nancy, Donna and Joey and to all the grandchildren

I am so sorry for the loss of your Husband, Father and Grandfather. Uncle Joe has always been in my heart and will always be. I have so many fond memories of Uncle Joe. Dad has told me so many stories of their times together, from sliding down the street on a snowy day, to football at school to dating, to Air Force life. Uncle Joe and Dad are like one. I am praying that our Heavenly Father has each of you wrapped in his loving arms, for he is our strength in happiness and sorrow. All My Love Bob and Sandi (Klaput) Miller

Linda Jean DePasquale

Dear Mrs. Klaput and Family,

May the cherished memories of your husband and father, sustain you at this most difficult time, and may God bless you.


Linda Jean DePasquale

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