Howard Klotz

Howard Donal Klotz

Sunday, November 28th, 1948 - Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021
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Howard Donal Klotz, 72, of St. Joseph passed away peacefully on Wednesday, March 3, 2021 at Spectrum Health Lakeland. Arrangements have been entrusted to Starks & Menchinger Chapel.

Howard was born in Fremont, MI on November 28, 1948 to the late Hilbert and Aletha (Bayle) Klotz. He graduated from Benton Harbor High School in 1966 and continued his education by attending Ferris State University where he earned a degree in architecture. Upon graduation, Howard joined the United States Navy as an E4 Serviceman. He served as a Seabee in the mobile construction battalion in Okinawa, Guam and Vietnam. He was honorably discharged on April 5, 1972. Upon return from the service, Howard opened Klotz Woodworking in St. Joseph. On March 5, 1984, Howard married the love of his life, Cheri Milmine, and spent two-days shy of 38 years together raising two amazing children and enjoying their five grandchildren. While at Klotz Woodworking, Howard gained a partner in Jim Woodfin and the two started Great Lakes Stair and Case Company in Bridgman, retiring from there in 2014.

After retiring, Howard spent his time with his loving family and building rocking horses for his grandchildren as they were born. For those who have the love of Hotrods, you will always remember the fun Howard had building his hotrod and driving it. He enjoyed traveling to many car shows over the years with a group of his hotrodder friends. Howard was proud of being a board member for the Support Our Troops Festival in Baroda for many years raising money for several veteran organizations. He organized the car show and had fun designing and making all the games for the kid’s carnival.

Howard is survived by his loving wife of 38 years, Cheri (Milmine) Klotz; daughter, Jessica (Adam) Anderson; son, Shawn Johnson; grandsons, William Anderson, Samuel Anderson, Charles Anderson, and Kolby Johnson; granddaughter, Micah Johnson; many nieces and nephews; brother, Scott (Kim) Klotz; sisters, Cheryl (Tom) Butcher and Colleen Klotz; and sister-in-law, Charlene Klotz. Howard was preceded in death by both his parents; and brothers, Hilbert, Jr. and Alvon Klotz.

Howard will be deeply missed by all his family and friends. A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Lest We Forget, Lew Burchard, LWF Finance Officer, 4144 Condo #33 Ridge Road, Stevensville, MI 49127. Those wishing to leave an online condolence may do so at
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A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held at a later date. Memorial contributions may be made to Lest We Forget, Lew Burchard, LWF Finance Officer, 4144 Condo #33 Ridge Road, Stevensville, MI 49127.


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Posted at 01:50pm
Cheri and the Klotz Family I-am very sorry for your loss a very special friend and teacher. His work will last forever A life well lived! Thx Howard

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Eric Wild Posted at 04:10pm

I was best friends with Howard's brother, Hilbert. I also knew Howard well and was at his home many times. Howard was a stand up guy and well liked. He will be missed. Rick Wild - Lawrence

Josephine Smith

Posted at 10:15am
With heartfelt sympathy to Howard's family. God bless you as you go through this transitional period. You have our prayers.

Michael Rodgers

Posted at 07:29pm
I knew Howard for many years!
Howard was without a doubt the best woodworker I ever known!
I was a carpenter in the area for 50 years and will miss Howard!
Michael Rodgers

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