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Edward "Ed" J. Kleikamp
Date of Death: December, 20 2020


          Edward "Ed" J. Kleikamp, 96, Powers, passed away on Sunday December 20, 2020 at St. Mary's Hospital in Green Bay, WI. He was born on March 5, 1924 in Wilson, MI, son of the late William and Mary (Marsicek) Kleikamp. On July 16, 1949 he married the former Joan Lyons who passed in 1975.
 
          Ed proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII. He sailed from New York to Scotland on the Queen Mary and then served in five countries in Europe as a Combat Engineer, earning the Victory Medal, European African Middle Eastern Theatre Ribbon, 5 Over Seas Bars, 1 Service Stripe and a Good Conduct Medal. Ed retired after 37 years from Mead Paper in 1986. He was very proud to be on the first U.P. Honor Flight and also enjoyed gardening, hunting, fishing and spending time at his camp.
 
          He is survived by five children: Dan (Gay) Kleikamp, Jean Horgan, Steven Kleikamp, Sally (Tom) Pepin and Wayne (Kathy) Kleikamp, four siblings: Henry Kleikamp, Donald Kleikamp, Dorothy Arnold and Betty Berens, fourteen grandchildren, twenty-one great-grandchildren, five great great-grandchildren, good friend: Leonard Luchay, as well as numerous nieces and nephews.
 
          Ed was preceded in death by his parents, his wife, a daughter: Mary Melton, a great-granddaughter: Kaylee Sherman son-in-law: William Horgan, five brothers: Harold, Arthur, Royal, Lawrence and William Kleikamp, and an infant sister: Agnes Kleikamp.
 
          At this time services will be private for the family. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. John Neumann Church with Fr. Jacek Wtyklo officiating. Burial will take place in the Holy Cross Cemetery in the spring. There will be a public celebration of Edward's life at a later date.
 
          The Allo Coolman Funeral Homes are assisting the Kleikamp family.
 
          Please visit www.allofh.com to send online condolences to his family.
 
          His family would like to extend a special thank you to the staff at Pinecrest Medical Care Facility for their care given to Ed over the past three years.

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  • "When I was very young, I would roll my eyes when driving down the driveway with my father. I would have to sit down on the couch and watch some old tv program while people would occasionally say a word or two about whatever the hot topic of the day was in the bustling metropolis of Powers. A few years would pass and I would start to enjoy visiting as I would raid your garden, often with the help of my partner in crime/cousin Dan. We would listen to the incredulous stories of Al Capone's whiskey still that we would immediately repeat the next time we were at school, never having a clue that you were just pulling our leg for your own amusement. Later still, we would go to Milwaukee for a baseball game. Staying at a nice hotel with a pool, you couldn't keep me away from it, but you were content to sit in the room watching John Wayne movies all night. Something that still gets brought up with laughter even decades later. Time marches on as it does and to my regret, I find myself lacking recent memories for a variety of reasons. I will never forget one of our last interactions though, it was shortly after I finished my deployment and I caught you looking at me from across the table, when you saw me you nodded your head and smiled slightly. That gesture means more than you could have ever known. You're at peace now, a lifetime of achievement and remembered by multiple generations of people with love and admiration. It is said that nobody is truly dead until their name is said aloud for the final time, know that you have many decades of life ahead of you. See you at the rallying point."
    -Joe Kleikamp

  • "Kleikamp family, We are so sorry for your loss. Your dad was a very nice man. Our thoughts and prayers are with all of you. Love to all."
    -Lisa Menard

  • "To the families of Ed Kleikamp. Sorry for your loss of your dad grandpa,and greatgrandpa and great great grandpa. Prayers to get thru this difficult time. R.I.P Ed."
    -Judy and Dave Warner

  • "Sally Tom and family. Our sincere sympathies sent to you with love. Your dad must have been a great dad because he raised an amazing daughter in you Sally. Take care prayers for healing and comfort♥️"
    -Carole Boucher

  • "My deepest condolences to all of Ed's family. Though it has been many, many years - I will always remember him with great fondness. He was a good man who left his mark on the heart of many and was always very kind to me. Steve - I still recall, with a smile, a certain rocking chair debacle on the hosting our very first Thanksgiving. Though I was aghast with embarrassment - he laughed and shrugged it off. Treasure your memories of the man who was fortunate enough to have led a life well-lived. "
    -Cindy (Courier) Homa

  • " "My deepest condolences to all of Ed's family. I will always remember Ed's kindness. He was a good man and a special neighbor. June Kirschner "
    -June Kirschner

  • "Condolences to Ed's entire family. This was a good man and I enjoyed working with him at the Paper Mill for many years. Rest in Peace my friend! "
    -Gary Lehman

  • "Our sincerest condolences on the loss of your loved one. Wayne shared many stories with us at the Learning Center. "
    -Christopher Lund and Tricia Bowie

  • "My sincerest condolences for your loss of Ed. I am one of the nurses at PMCF And want you to know how much he will be missed. He was truly a bright spot in my shift and I will miss him greatly. 💜"
    -Kasse Wellman


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