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Full Text of SR2116  100th General Assembly




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2    WHEREAS, The members of the Illinois Senate are saddened to
3learn of the death of Harold James Klaman of Danville, who
4passed away on October 13, 2018; and
5    WHEREAS, Harold Klaman was born in Danville Township to
6Franklin and Anna Hayman Klaman on March 25, 1925; he was a
7member of the Danville High School Class of 1943 but left
8school at 17 before the end of his senior year to enter the
9armed services; and
10    WHEREAS, Harold Klaman joined the U.S. Army Air Force and
11served as a bombardier in a B-17 warplane named the Milk Run;
12he graduated from officer's training school and was
13commissioned as a lieutenant and assigned to the Debach Air
14Base near Ipswich, England as a member of the 861st Bombardment
15Squadron of the 493rd Bomb Group; he completed his full 25
16missions over western Europe and Germany and was awarded the
17Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal with three
18clusters; and
19    WHEREAS, Harold Klaman returned to Danville in August of
201945; he earned his bachelor's degree in education from
21Illinois State Normal University and his master's degree from
22the University of Illinois; he served as a member of the



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1Danville School District No. 118 faculty for 33 years beginning
2in 1950 and married Shirley Ann Mauck on June 10, 1953; he
3taught and served as coach at Franklin, Edison, and Collett
4Elementary Schools for nine years; from 1959 to 1964, he was
5the principal of Lincoln and Fairchild Elementary Schools; he
6was principal of East Park Jr. High School from 1964 to 1977;
7he was Director of Vocational Education at Danville High School
8for six years until his retirement in 1983; and
9    WHEREAS, Harold Klaman had the ability to repair almost any
10motor and to construct, repair, and modify most structures; he
11was very proud of building his family's house himself in 1956
12on the neighboring lot to his parents' home; he remodeled and
13made two additions to his home and resided there for the
14remainder of his life; and
15    WHEREAS, Harold Klaman was a member of St. Paul's Roman
16Catholic Church for 83 years; and
17    WHEREAS, Harold Klaman took pride in being one of the
18passengers on an Honor Flight to Washington, D.C.; his
19grandson, Ryan, accompanied him on this special occasion and
20also nominated him for two veteran honors that he received,
21including being named to the veterans Wall of Honor at Kenneth
22D. Bailey Academy; and



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1    WHEREAS, Harold Klaman was preceded in death by his wife,
2Shirley, and his sister, Marjorie Klaman (Wayne) Denman; and
3    WHEREAS, Harold Klaman is survived by his daughter,
4Kimberly Ann (Duane) Webber; his grandchildren, Ryan (Hilary)
5Cerutti, Earl (Ashley) Webber, and Andrew (Emilie) Webber; his
6great-grandchildren, Olivia and Ava Cerutti, Tyler and Jacob
7Webber, and Keaghan, Jay, and Willow Webber; his nephews, Mark
8Denman and Greg (Janet) Denman; his niece, Ann (William) Blair;
9and his great-nephews and nieces, Jay (Jena) O'Blenis, Tim
10(Keira) O'Blenis, Margie (Brent) Lockhart, Mark J. Denman, and
11Judy Denman; therefore, be it
13ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF ILLINOIS, that we mourn the passing of
14Harold James Klaman and extend our sincere condolences to his
15family, friends, and all who knew and loved him; and be it
17    RESOLVED, That a suitable copy of this resolution be
18presented to the family of Harold Klaman as an expression of
19our deepest sympathy.