EUREKA – James A. “Jim” Klaus 90, died at 3:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017, at his home in Eureka.
He was born Oct. 3, 1927, in Eureka, the son of Arthur and Esther Herbst Klaus. He married Jean W. Kaiser on June 25, 1949, in Eureka. She survives.
Other survivors include two daughters, Mary Klaus, Spring Hill, Fla., and Bonnie (Dane) Rednour, Eureka; five sons, James Klaus, Secor, Arthur “Rusty” (Laurie) Klaus and Patrick Klaus, both of Eureka, Kelly (Jeanette) Klaus, Clarksville, Tenn., and Jeffery (Beth) Klaus, Port Angeles, Wash.; 16 grandchildren; many great-grandchildren with two more on the way and one brother, Thomas Klaus, Washington.
He was preceded in death by his parents, one sister, three brothers and one granddaughter.
James served in the Army in the Infantry/Signal Corp at Ft. Sheridan, Highwood, and also served in Japan during the occupation following World War II. He worked as a parts manager at Klaus Radio in Peoria for 45 years before he retired in 1993. James was a member of Eureka American Legion Post No. 466, a founding member both of the Eureka Jaycees and Eureka Lions Club, as well as vice president of the Illinois Jaycees. He also served as Mayor of Eureka for many years. James was also responsible for starting the Fourth of July celebration at Eureka Lake and was a major contributor to the building of the pavilion at the lake. He also provided and set up the Christmas music in the tower at the Woodford County Courthouse and ran the sound system for the Memorial Day celebration.
Cremation rites have been accorded. There will be no service or visitation. Argo-Ruestman-Harris Funeral Home in Eureka is in charge of the arrangements.
Memorials may be made to Heart House in Eureka or to any charity.