Calvin B Klotz Sr. passed away peacefully on Sunday afternoon June 10th after a brief illness at the age of 93. Born in New Orleans, he’s a longtime resident of River Ridge, LA for the past 50 years. He is survived by the love of his life, Margaret Wust Klotz, for 66 years. Also survived by two of his five siblings, Albert L. Klotz and William P. Klotz (Marilyn) and his five children: Calvin Jr. (Paula), Tom (Susan), Carol Michaels (Randy), Fred (Caye) and Mary, his eight grandchildren: Jason (Courtney), Brian, Christopher (Kimi), Lydia Parish (John), Bethany Sterritt (Robert), Allison, Ryan Michaels and Kaci Champagne and nine great-grandchildren.
Calvin touched so many people in so many ways. He welcomed everyone with a sincere smile and genuine interest. No one ever felt unwelcome whenever he was there. His gift was the ability to engage everyone with his comments and laughter.
Calvin served in the Army during WW II. He graduated from Southwestern Louisiana University with a BS in Mechanical Engineering. Shortly after he married, started a family and went to work for William F. Surgi Corp. in sales and management for 30 years. At the age of 62, he opened Klotz Equipment Co. with his son, Fred. During his working years, he was active with the New Orleans Rotary, Associated General Contractors and Knights of Columbus.
He and Margaret enjoyed family outings whether it was Friday night at a local seafood restaurant, trips to Biloxi for Labor Day or a Sunday afternoon Saints game. He never missed a time to be with family and friends.
He left so much for so many and as his oldest friends, Jay Ditta, would say, “Here comes show time!” That is how he will be remembered for his laughter and love of people.
Family and friends are invited to attend the Funeral Mass on Monday, June 18, 2018 in the J. Garic Schoen Chapel of JACOB SCHOEN & SON. Visitation will begin at 9:00 am and continue until Mass time. Interment will follow in Greenwood Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed at www.schoenfh.com