OBITUARY

John "Jack" Klenske

February 13, 1961April 2, 2021
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John "Jack" Klenske, 60, of Marengo passed away April 2, 2021. He was born February 13, 1961 in Chicago to Donald and Nancy (Birmingham) Klenske. Jack was an avid golfer, enjoyed race cars and motorcycles. He was a great father and loved spending time with his sons. Jack would give the shirt of his back to help others. Jack is survived by his sons, Owen (Deanna), Mitchell, and Sam Klenske; his grandson, Liam; his parents, Donald and Nancy; and his siblings, Madelyn (Bill) Richardson, Don (Lisa) Klenske, Becky Klenske, Dan (Becky) Klenske; and many nieces, nephews, and beloved friends. Jack is preceded in death by his wife, Cathy. There will be a visitation from 2 to 8pm on Friday, April 16 at Marengo-Union Funeral Home, 505 E. Grant Hwy., Marengo. Due to current conditions, a maximum of 50 people are allowed in the funeral home at one time and facial coverings are required. The funeral Mass will be livestreamed at 11am on Saturday, April 17 on the Marengo-Union Funeral Home Facebook page. Online condolences may be made at www.marengo-unionfuneralhome.com.

Services

  • Visitation

    Friday, April 16, 2021

  • Facebook Live Streaming Event

    Saturday, April 17, 2021

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Carrie Rogers

April 17, 2021

The first time I met Jack it was at Grandma and Grandpa’s house. Cathy and I were the closest in age and had started dating around the same time. I remember how excited she was to introduce Jack to the family. He was kind and funny and he made her smile.

Mike Rizleris

April 17, 2021

I met Jack over twenty years ago, before I moved to marengo he and his family were good friends with my brother and his family.
After I moved to marengo we became good friends too. He was a great person and a better friend, like some other people have said, he would go out of his way to help you out, and he did many times for me.
He was also good for a funny story and I'm going to miss talking to him.
My deepest sympathy goes out to his family.
Like Jack used to always say when he was leaving my house, " Au revoir Jean Claude". Love you Jack!

Maureen Cortilet

April 6, 2021

Owen, Mitch, & Sam; my heart is breaking from all the pain you have had in your short lives. Both you parents were the greatest, but your dad is the one that would have you laughing so hard you would cry. Or some of his antics would make you stop and go "HMMMMM". My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

Love,
Maureen

Charlie Richardson

April 5, 2021

Thanks for being the model of the way a person should be. Kind, hard working, and always willing to help in any way at the drop of a hat. You will be missed.

Tracy Palma

April 5, 2021

Jack was definitely one of the good ones. I’ll forever remember my girls running across the street to Jack’s house (the fun house) when it was homework or chores time only to find Jack with a smile ear to ear and the kids already soaking wet in the pool having a blast him knowing full well they had homework or chores! I’ll miss those summer nights at Sycamore Speedway and hitting the bar afterwards rolling home and our kids wondering where we ran off to again. Some of the best conversation I’ve ever had were out on the back swing sipping on dirty martinis; at that point Jack was the only other person I’d ever met that loved a good vodka soaked blue cheese olive! When 4 kids kicked my butt I always knew I could find a break on Jack’s swing. He was always willing to help me with anything and everything no questions asked even in the middle of the night when monkeys jumping on their bed broke it!! Jack was one of only two people that got me through some of the toughest roads when my mom was sick and for that alone he forever has a special place in my heart. Jack, you left behind a hell of a legacy for your boys, some amazing memories for me and that unforgettable cheesy ass smile will be forever missed. Cheers my friend... Love ya Jack

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