March 29, 1929 — July 10, 2012
Live a good, honorable life. Then when you get older and think back, you’ll enjoy it a second time.
John J. Klos, 83 and a longtime resident of Rescue, passed away peacefully at home on July 10, 2012, surrounded by his wife Ruth and family. He was born on March 29, 1929, to Alfred and Sophie Klos, immigrants from Germany. John and his sister Margaret (Klos Paasch) grew up in El Dorado County during the Great Depression. He served four years in the U.S. Air Force as a Radioman during the Korean War, working at Collins Auto Parts and Hangtown Tire. He then dedicated his career of 27 years to firefighting for the California Division of Forestry as a firefighter, driver, foreman and heavy fire equipment operator. He also practiced fire safety on the homefront, providing defensible space around his and neighbors’ homes.
John and Ruth were married in 1982, having recently celebrated their 30th Anniversary. They enjoyed RV traveling and visiting family in Washington and Idaho. John was a member of the El Dorado R/C Flyers, building, flying and displaying various planes and helicopters. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; and children, John R. Klos and his wife, Lori, Charles L. Bray and his wife, Karen, Nancy Bray Guinn and Jan Bray and her husband, Michael Bernedo. Their blessings include nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren. His mother, father and his son, James Marshall Klos, preceded John in death.
A celebration of John’s life will be held on Saturday, July 28, at 2 p.m., at the Rescue Community Center, officiated by Fran Carpenter. Memorial donations may be made to the Rescue Community Center, P.O. Box 206, Rescue, CA 95672 (or go online to rescuecommunitycenter.com), or Snowline Hospice, 6520 Pleasant Valley Road, Diamond Springs, CA 95619 95672 (snowlinehospice/org).