OBITUARY

Eugene "Gene" Kleemann

May 18, 1924December 19, 2019

Eugene (Gene) Kleemann, 95, of Clinton Township, passed away peacefully among family and friends on December 19th, 2019 at McLaren Macomb Hospital in Mount Clemens, Michigan.

Gene was born in Jettenbach, Germany in 1924. At the age of 8, he immigrated to the United States with his parents, Elfriede and Karl, to Michigan. Gene graduated from Cass Tech High School in 1943, then immediately joined the Navy. He served his country proudly for 5 years over 2 stints between 1943 and 1953, earning the rank of Lieutenant Junior Grade. His last assignment was during the Korean War aboard the USS Perry as Chief Engineer before receiving an honorable discharge in June, 1953. In between stints, Gene not only earned his bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology in 1946, but started his career at Chrysler as a student engineer while earning his Master's Degree in Automotive & Electrical Engineering through Chrysler Institute of Engineering.

After joining the civilian ranks, Gene enjoyed a 30-year career at Chrysler Corporation. During his time at Chrysler, Gene took on number of assignments that took him all over the world. He spent several years abroad, working in Australia, England and Germany in various management capacities. In his spare time, Gene was active in a number of organizations, such as the Society of Automotive Engineers, Men's Club at First Presbyterian Church of Mount Clemens, North Channel Yacht Club, the Shriners and the Masons. He also enjoyed playing tennis and even served as an instructor at Macomb Community College. During his retirement, Gene found both new passions and love to keep him going. Gene has helped sponsor a number of projects at the Village of East Harbor, First Presbyterian Church and the Great Lakes Division Sea Cadets. He entered into a partnership with Motor City Golf and purchased Flushing Valley Golf Course where he and his wife, Maria, spent the past several summers working with his partners.

Gene was preceded in death by his mother and father. Gene is survived by his wife Maria, stepsons James (Shannon) and Jac Hopson, grandchildren Sarah, Grace, and Matthew, and his loyal dog Fritz.

A visitation will take place on Friday, December 27, 2019 from 10 AM until time of funeral service at 12 PM, at the Village of East Harper Chapel, 33875 Kiely Drive, Chesterfield, MI 48047. Memories and condolences may be shared with the family at www.resurrectionfuneralhome.com.

  • FAMILY

  • Maria Kleemann, Wife
  • James (Shannon), Step-son
  • Jac Hopson, Step-son
  • Sarah, Grace, and Matthew, Grandchildren
  • Fritz, his loyal dog
  • Gene was preceded in death by his mother and father.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, December 27, 2019

  • Funeral Service

    Friday, December 27, 2019

Memories

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Timo Harth

December 25, 2019

I first met Eugene (Eugen, as we say in german) in Summer 2015.
It was in the Church in his place of Church, Jettenbach (Germany).

It was an amazing Moment, when we talked about the Baptism of my one-year-old son an realized, that we were standing beside the same altar where Eugen was baptized himself about 90 Years before.

I am very grateful that I had the chance to meet Eugen in person and it was an honour and a pleasure for me, to share many happy moments while his visit in Jettenbach.

Timo Harth, (Mayor of Jettenbach)

Robert Amsler

December 24, 2019

Gene was a truly unique man. He had a great intelligence and was always finding things that needed improvement. He then improved them. He had great generosity and numerous groups benefitted and improved because of his willingness to financially get over the hump.
The community has lost a good man but can give thanks for all he did.

Matthew Makowski

December 23, 2019

The Clinton Township Senior Center was blessed to have Gene as our friend for so many years. Gene made a lasting impression on everyone he met and the lives he touched. May he rest in peace knowing he left the world a better place.

Guenter Kleemann

December 23, 2019

I am looking back to your last visit in your old childhood home Jettenbach. We were really grateful that we had the chance to see you in person

Guenter Kleemann

December 23, 2019

We are looking back to your last visit in your old childhood home Jettenbach. We were really grateful that we had the chance to see you in person

Gilbert Roc

December 22, 2019

I met Eugene for the first time last summer thru his wife Maria last summer. I was amazed at how sharp his mind was then. On behalf of Philippine Medical Association of Michigan I thanked him for his charitable grant. Rest In Peace , Gene. You have helped many human beings. Condolences and my prayers are with you, Maria. You have been so kind and humble. Dr. Gilbert M. Roc, 734-386-6414.

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