Paul Kleefeld

Burial Date:

August 12, 2014

Birth & Death Date:

November 16, 1922 - August 8, 2014

Funeral Home:

Busch Funeral Home (Elyria) (Directions)


Obituary details (Directions)
ELYRIA - Paul "Budd" Kleefeld, age 91, passed away Friday, August 8, 2014, at the Wesleyan Village in Elyria. 
He was born on November 16, 1922, in Lorain.
Budd was a graduate of Lorain High School, class of 1941. An Army World War II veteran, he served in the 87th Infantry Golden Acorn Group in Europe for the Battle of the Bulge, where he was taken as a prisoner of war. He attended Ohio University after being discharged and graduated in 1946 with an Economics degree. He then joined the family business, Universal Dry Cleaners, in Lorain, and worked as the Production Manager. 
Budd enjoyed playing the harmonica and loved to volunteer. He was a member of the Lorain Rotary, Jolly 60s, Good News Messengers, Elyria Men's Fellowship, Amherst Athletic Boosters, and helped time races for the Amherst Track team. Budd even found time to teach diving at the Amherst pool. 
He is survived by his loving wife of 62 years, Lois (nee Peters); daughter, Cor Michaels (Ron "Ski") of Amherst, and niece, Jean Karnik.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Paul and Lottie (nee Frederick) Kleefeld; and brother, Charles.
Friends may call from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday, August 11, at the Busch Funeral Home, 114 Second St., Elyria. 
A funeral service will be held at 9:00 a.m., Tuesday, August 12, in the Cascade Room at the Wesleyan Village, Elyria, with Rev. Beth McKee officiating. Interment and Military Honors will take place at Ridge Hill Memorial Park in Amherst.
In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the Salvation Army, 716 Broad St., Elyria, OH 44035 or to the Ronald McDonald House, 10415 Euclid Ave., Cleveland, OH 44106.
Budd once painted the word "SMILE" on the roof of his house so anyone who passed by could see it and smile. When you think of Budd, remember to smile.

Published in on Aug. 10, 2014


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