Glen A. Klotz
May 5, 1954 ~ July 5, 2023
Resided in: Formerly of Sorento, Illinois
Glen A. Klotz, 69, of Dunkirk, NY, passed peacefully at home surrounded by loved ones on Wednesday, July 5, 2023, following a brief illness. He was born May 5, 1954, to the late Orville and Norma (Cameron) Klotz in Belleville, IL. Glen’s family lived in Sorento, IL, until his high school years, when they moved to Hillsboro, IL, where he graduated in 1972. Glen attended Greenville College, but working with his hands was what he wanted to do most.
Glen and his family moved to Borger, Texas, in the late 1980’s. He was a skilled machinist and mechanic and was Shop Manager at DISCO in Borger, Texas, for most of his 40 years there, retiring in 2018. There really wasn’t anything Glen couldn’t do or make. He was brilliant and ingenious and was well respected in the Texas Panhandle gas and oil industry. Glen loved radio control planes and was an avid RC pilot with the local Black Sheep Squadron RC Club in Borger. He loved to play and watch golf; he and Denise had the privilege of attending the 2022 Masters Golf Tournament on a practice day. He loved home improvement projects, but he mostly enjoyed working on classic cars. He restored a WWII Ford Jeep and was working on his retirement project car restoration, a 1954 Ford Victoria, “Vicky.”
In 2008, Glen and Denise Murray, his “Neasie,” met online, and their love story began with him as her “Captain.” Glen and Denise were married September 15, 2010, in Borger, TX, and shared the same anniversary as Glen’s parents. Upon retirement, Glen, Denise, Lucy, Sissy, and “Vicky” moved to Denise’s hometown of Dunkirk, NY; fulfilling a promise Glen had made to Denise when she moved from Dunkirk, NY, to Borger in 2009. They spent the next five years renovating their mid-century home, including a Captain’s Cave for his “Vicky.”
Glen was a proud past member of the Kiwanis Club of Borger, Texas and especially enjoyed helping with hands on projects such as building handicap accessible ramps for those in need.
Family was everything to Glen, and he had a big one, wide and far! His children and grandchildren brought him so much joy. The family said in these past days that there just wasn’t anyone who met Glen and didn’t like him. He was smart, quiet, funny, kind, hardworking and just minded his own business.
Glen is survived by his beloved wife Denise (Murray) Klotz; daughter Lisa (Ramiro) Rodriguez of Borger, TX; son Trevor (Patty Copelin) Klotz of Borger,TX; stepdaughter Katie (Phil) Lombardo of Bemus Point; grandchildren Marissa “Rissa,” Jordin, Ramiro, Isaac, Mackenzie, Braylee and Rayna all of Borger, TX, and Alexandria, Camden, Adri, Maddox, Connor and Brody of Bemus Point; great grandchildren Cecelia “Cece,” Bella, Eyan and Aiden of Borger, TX; brothers Don (Jean) Klotz of Edwardsville, IL; Ron (Linda) Klotz of Sorento, IL; Larry (Missy) Klotz of Largo, FL; sisters Judy O’Neill of Homosassa, FL; and twin sister Glenda Tyszko of Largo, FL; mother-in- law Alice Murray of Lakeland, FL; brothers-in-law Joe (Patsy) Triaga of Fredonia, NY; Bob (Donna) Murray of Westfield, NY; Dan (Lee) Triaga of Grovetown, GA; James Murray of Jamestown, NY; Cliff (Susannah) Denis of Wichita, KS; and John (Aleida) Denis of New Bern, NC; sisters-in-law Pat Newberry of Silver Creek, NY; and Trish Triaga of Williamston, NC. Glen is survived by several nieces and nephews, and many of them referred to him as the cool or fun uncle. Also surviving are his beloved felines, Lucy and Sissy.
In addition to his parents, Glen is preceded in death by his brother, Gary Klotz; sister, Janice Scott; infant nephew, Norman Whitlow; stepson, David Wilkes; mother-in-law, Peggy (Persch) Triaga; and fathers-in-law, James Murray and Joe Triaga.
A graveside ceremony will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, July 22, 2023 at Sunnyside Cemetery in Sorento, IL, and a Celebration of Life will be held in Borger, TX, on July 29, 2023.
The family requests memorial contributions be made to Borger Area Circle of Friends, P.O. Box 5654 Borger, TX 79008.
The family has entrusted Perfetti-Assalley Funeral Home in Sorento with local ceremonies.
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The family greatly appreciates donations made to these charities in Glen A. Klotz 's name.