Lakeshore Mortuary

1815 South Dobson Road, Mesa, AZ


James Joseph Klosterman

December 30, 1931September 2, 2020

James Joseph Klosterman, 88, of Chandler Arizona, was taken into the custody of Heaven on September 2nd, 2020. Mr. Klosterman was charged with love, devotion, generosity, kindness, and faith. He will be held eternally by those he loved who were previously remanded into Heavenly custody. He joins the love of his life, Shirley June (Senft) Klosterman, son James Klosterman II, granddaughter Rebekah Ann Klosterman, and stepson Richard William Smith.

James was born December 30, 1931 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to Lawrence Frederick Klosterman and Mary Evelyn McAleer. As a young man, he joined the Merchant Marines, where he learned to love life on the seas. He would go on to work for Bendix and Goodyear Aerospace before fulfilling his dream of becoming a peace officer. He was a reserve officer for the Tempe Police Department before serving for Arizona State University Department of Public Safety until he retired. He married Shirley, his beloved wife, in 1959, and together they raised eleven children. Jim enjoyed woodworking, travel, reading, crosswords, and fishing. An avid guitar player and singer, he often performed the song "I'll Be Loving You Always" for Shirley.

Still pending charges are his children, Patricia Yard of Mesa, AZ, Elizabeth Smith of York, PA, Robert Smith (Josie) of Chandler, AZ, Steven Smith (Jennie) of Tempe, AZ, Mary Freeman (Fred) of Gilbert, AZ, Frederick Klosterman (Shelley) of Chandler, AZ, Thomas Klosterman (Bonnie) of Fairfield, CA, John Klosterman (Linda) of Mesa, AZ, and Michele Jackson of Tempe, AZ, 23 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, brother John Klosterman of Florida, and sister Jacqueline Giampietro Chiavarone of New Jersey.

Due to current restrictions on gatherings, no in-person services are currently scheduled. A mass will be held in his name by Our Lady of Mt. Carmel Catholic church on October 28th at 6:30 am. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to your local Boys and Girls Club or the charity of your choice in honor of James J. Klosterman.


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James Joseph Klosterman

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Michele Jackson

September 13, 2020

Dad and Mom at his academy graduation

Dad was first in his class, and so proud to become a police officer. He loved being a husband and father more. My hope is that Mom and Dad are holding each other again, and smiling.

Roger Bostancic

September 10, 2020

I was a dispatcher at ASU. I remember having a lot of talk with Ofc. Klosterman. He enjoyed playing word games. He was one of my favorite officers. Such a good person!!

Rob Patterson

September 10, 2020

I had the privilege of working with Jim at ASU PD at the beginning of my career in the late 70's. He had a gentle and giving spirit and was always willing to help. His smile was infectious and he could lighten up any situation.

Jim, you left a wonderful legacy and will truly be missed. Until we meet again, enjoy our Heavenly Father's presence. Rest in Peace!

Liz Wright

September 9, 2020

I worked as a Police Officer with Jim at ASUPD in 1982 until I left in 1989. Jim was a wonderful man, Police Officer family man . He so loved his wife and family. We would talk about his family often. I as well spoke with Jim some years ago after the loss of his wife and him living in Bisbee.
Jim, you are a bright shining 🌟! God Bless you, your family. Rest in Peace with your beloved.

Allen Clark

September 9, 2020

I started with the ASU PD in 1989 and JJ was was one of my fondest memories. He taught me the ropes and though I often messed up, he was always there to guide and mentor me. I was blessed on occasion to have breakfast at his house, a memorable experience indeed. Safe travels my friend, you earned this 10-7!

Chris Moore

September 9, 2020

I was fortunate to work with Jim as a police officer at Arizona State University back in the mid 1980's. I still remember him inviting the whole squad to his house for breakfast after working a midnight shift.
His wife was a wonderful cook.
Last I saw and spoke with Jim was maybe five or so years ago when he was living in the Bisbee AZ area.
Enjoy the ride up to Heaven, Jim. You were definitely one of the good guys.
Chris Moore

Julie And Dan Daniels

September 8, 2020

Want to thank Jim for his wonderful son, John. How blessed we are to have him for a son-in-law. He has made our daughter so happy which makes our hearts happy. You were a wonderful example on how to be a Dad and husband. Hope your flight to heaven was peaceful and your forever stay with our Lord will be wonderful. God Bless and keep you.

Al and Mary Campoy

September 7, 2020

Jim and I worked together at ASU. Been friends since then with this loving caring person. Always a joke and smile for you, We talked about once a week. About his family, his pain and Cowboy movies. Especially the movie the Appaloosa.
To the family: Can not express the sadness we have for all of you. Jim was a great man. Heard many stories of his life and his family. Fred and your wife, god bless you for bringing him back home and caring for him.
To Jim: have a Pulque on me my friend, will miss you.


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