David Klena went to be with his beloved Joyce Klena on April 21, 2007. Dave was the first baby born in Westmont, Ill., in 1921. After a short period spent in the CCs, he joined the Army and was part of the 112th Armored Division serving in World War II in Europe. After the war was over, he married Joyce Kraus in 1949; they would have celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary last week. Dave was a bricklayer most of his life. He moved the family to Colorado in the late '50s and retired to Kingman in 1978.
Dave loved to hunt, fish and tell lots of stories. His nieces and nephews referred to him as "Uncle Let's Go." He was always tinkering with or building something, and most of the family has something that he made special for them. We will all miss him, but we know that when Joyce passed away six months ago, she took with her his heart, and we are happy they are together again.
Dave is survived by his children, David (Alice) Klena of Pompano Beach, Fla., Dennis (Ginger) Klena of Kingman and Tammy (Laryel) Tahbo of Kingman; also his grandchildren, Bill Klena, David M. Klena, Shannon (Bob) Klena-Powell, Amanda (Erik) Hennigan, Karissa (Dale) Smith and Melissa Tahbo; and seven great-grandchildren.
Per Dave's request, there will be no funeral service, but the family will take a fishing trip together soon.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Macular Degeneration Foundation or to New Hope Hospice in his name.