James Henry Klasener


James Henry Klasener known affectionately as Jim or grandpa passed away on May 12. Born on August 23, 1935 in St. Louis. He was the son of the late Laura Foster and Bruno Klasener. Jim was a cherished member of the Warrenton Community, where he lived most his life.

Jim graduated from Beaumont High School in 1953. He proudly served in the United States Navy for three years. He then dedicated 23 years to General Motors retiring from there at the age of 57. He then returned to work at Warrenton Handicap Services and Emmaus Homes for the next 10 years. He retired fully at the age of 68.

In 1966 Jim married his beloved wife Glenda Klasener, and together they raised five children: Debbie Evers, Jennifer Erickson, Laura Abram, Deanna Klasener and Shannon Johnson.

Jim enjoyed fishing, sports, and his all time favorite was the cardinals. He was known for his quick wit and love for his family. As a boy Jim enjoyed boxing with his father. He cherished his time spent speaking the ABC’s in German to his grandchildren and seeing their reactions.

Jim was preceded in death by his parents Laura Foster and Bruno Klasener, his brothers, Bob and Bruno Klasener, daughter, Debbie Evers; grandson James Lawrence, and granddaughter Leighann Erickson. He leaves behind a legacy of love and cherished memories with his wife, Glenda Klasesner; children Jennifer and (Bill) Erickson, Laura and (Mike) Abram, Deanna Klasener, and Shannon and (Tom) Johnson. His grandchildren: Tommy, Samantha, Breanne, Peyton, Thomas, Amy, Billy, Rachel, and Kim; 22 great-grandchildren with one on the way.

A funeral mass to honor Jim’s life will be held Tuesday, May 21, 10 a.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Warrenton. Following the mass Jim’s ashes will be laid to rest with his grandson James Lawrence at Holy Rosary Cemetery where family and friends can share memories and celebrate their life. His granddaughters Samantha Echols and Peyton Becker along with Fr. Eddie Godefroid will speak at his service. Memorial donations may be given to help assist the family with final expenses to Pitman Funeral Home. 

Jim or better known as Grandpa will be remembered as a loving father, grandfather, and friend. His stories, wisdom, and the warmth of his company will be deeply missed by all who knew him. We love you always Grandpa.