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BLOOMINGTON — Ricky Dean Kletz, 64, of Bloomington passed away at 4:03 a.m. Friday (Oct. 7, 2011) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal.

His memorial service will be at 1 p.m. Wednesday at Kibler-Brady-Ruestman Memorial Home, Bloomington, with the Rev. Kurt Flora officiating. Visitation will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday at the memorial home. According to Ricky’s wishes, cremation rites will be accorded. Inurnment will be in Park Hill Cemetery, Bloomington, with full military honors provided by the Carl S. Martin American Legion Post 635 of Normal and the VFW Post 454 of Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, memorials made to the family in Ricky’s name are respectfully requested.

Ricky was born Dec. 11, 1946, in Bloomington, a son of Leslie R. and Delores Buford Kletz.

He is survived by his son, Troy (Kim) Kletz of Heyworth; and four grandchildren, Kevin Kletz of Normal, and Heather Kletz, Courtney Kletz and Megan Kletz, all of Heyworth. Also surviving are five siblings, Lenny Kletz of Normal; Kathy (Reggie) Smith of Salem, Mo.; Susan Hawk of Bloomington; Garry (Kelly) Kletz of Bloomington; and Kristie Covington of Bloomington; and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Leslie and Delores Kletz; a sister, Pamela Walley; two infant brothers; two brothers-in-law, Richard Hawk and Craig Covington; and a sister-in-law, Janet Kletz.

Ricky served his country in the United States Army from 1968 to 1970 during the Vietnam Conflict. He worked as a union carpenter and millwright, retiring from Union Local 63. Ricky was a lifetime member of the VFW Post 454 in Bloomington.

He was an avid Cubs fan, NASCAR and Bears fan. He enjoyed playing golf, hunting, fishing and spending time with his family.

Ricky was a loving and caring son, brother, father, uncle, grandfather and friend to all who knew him. We will all miss him very much.

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