John Thomas Klehr
Died: March 18, 2014
John Thomas Klehr, 70, of Binghamton, passed away on Tuesday, March 18, 2014 at home after enduring several years of health challenges and disability. He was predeceased by his parents, William and Irene Klehr, his brother, Robert Klehr, and a newborn son, Jeffrey. He is survived by his wife, Candace; daughter, Kristen; sister, Virginia McAuley; sister-in-law, MaryAnn Klehr; his nieces and nephews, Lori (Tony), Susan, Kathy, Tom, Karen (Doug), Ted (Karen); their children, Domenique, Anthony, Alexandra, Emma, Audrey, Conner, Hope, Faith, and Aiden; and special cousins, Ruth Klehr, and Bert and Bobby Klehr. He was deeply grateful for the frequent visits and conversations with his dear friend, Paul Everett. It made a difference. The love and nurturing poured out by Ogden Hillcrest UMC friends provided strength, blessing, and testimony of God's love. John's neighbor, Carol Harrison, and his mother-in-law, Brenda Balch, were generous with time, compassion, and helping in many ways. John valued education and was constantly learning and sharing. He held a Bachelor's and two Master's degrees from SUNY Oneonta and Colorado State University in physics and atmospheric science which he applied in teaching before working in simulation for Singer-Link Corporation. John was an accomplished and talented musician on tenor banjo, guitar, mountain and hammered dulcimers, and other stringed instruments. His knowledge and memory of lyrics and compositions was expansive. His sense of humor and wit, and the ability to remember and create jokes was his trademark. The walls of his home echo with the ring of music and laughter of many music get-togethers. He greatly missed these the last four years, but was grateful for his friends coming together recently to share an evening of music and friendship. John never missed an opportunity to share his adoration and pride of his daughter, Kristen. She was the light of his life. Our family thanks Dr. Jonathan Harris and Dr. R. A. Ramanujan for many years of devoted care. Most recently the United Health Services Home Health Care nurses, therapists, and aides provided support and encouragement.
Calling hour is scheduled on Saturday, March 22, 2014 for 9 AM, followed by a service at 10 AM at the Barber Memorial Home, Inc., 428 Main Street, Johnson City. The Reverend Joyce Allen will officiate. Burial will be in Vestal Hills Memorial Park, Vestal, NY. In whatever way John inspired and enriched your life, please consider passing it on.