William J. Kleinhelter, 77, Celestine

William J. “Bill” Kleinhelter, 77, of Celestine, passed away at 3:35 a.m. on Thursday, November 28, 2019, at Memorial Hospital and Health Care Center in Jasper.

Bill was born in Celestine on May 28, 1942, to Hubert and Adele (Merkley) Kleinhelter. He married Betty A. Fetter on November 30, 1963, in Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church in Mariah Hill.

He retired from Wabash Valley Produce after many years of service.

Bill was a member of St. Isidore Parish-St. Celestine Catholic Church and the Good Shepard of the Hills Knights of Columbus.

He was also a member of the Celestine Community Club.

He enjoyed hunting, gardening, watching old westerns and reading old western books, watching I.U. Basketball, watching the grandkids sporting events, and spending time with friends and family.

Surviving are his wife, Betty A. Kleinhelter of Celestine, three daughters, Annette Jones (Gary) Santa Claus, Ashley Schwenk (Ryan), Ireland, and Heather Terwiske (Joel), Dubois, two sons, Terry Kleinhelter (Jan), Celestine, and Tom Kleinhelter (Angie), Jasper, twelve grandchildren, five great grandchildren, one sister, Barb Knies, Celestine, and one brother, John Kleinhelter (Pam), Jacksonville, Florida.

Preceding him in death were his parents, two sisters who passed in childbirth, and his Godfather, Lawrence Kleinhelter.

A Mass of Christian Burial for William J. “Bill” Kleinhelter will be held at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, December 2, 2019, at St. Celestine Catholic Church in Celestine, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

A visitation will be held from 11:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, December 1, 2019, at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.

Memorial contributions may be made to St. Isidore Parish, the Celestine Volunteer Fire Department, or to a favorite charity.

Online condolences may be made at www.becherkluesner.com.

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