Joseph Harry Kleimann

September 13, 1927 - December 30, 2017
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Joseph (Joe) H. Kleimann passed away peacefully on Saturday, December 30, 2017, at Jennie Sealy Hospital. He was born September 13, 1927 on Galveston Island to Henry and Lillian (Schmidt) Kleimann.  Joe worked for G & H Towing.  The first tug he was on was an old steam tugboat named Chas. Clark, and 49 years later, he retired as Chief Engineer on the tugboat Juno.

In his spare time, Joe liked to fish and was an avid gardener and fan of the Houston Astros. A proud “BOI” at heart, he definitely had the “sand between his toes.”  Joe had many stories to tell about his life on the island.  On his 81st birthday, Ike destroyed his home and he came back with determination and perseverance to rebuild and get back on the island.  He had the resilience of his grandfather and family members who survived the 1900 and 1915 storms to rebuild and stay in Galveston.

Joe is preceded in death by his wife, Lisa; his parents; brothers: Henry (Hank) Kleimann, Lawrence (Sonnie) Kleimann and wife, Marie; sister, Sybil K. Caldeira; and nephew, Larry G. Kleimann.

Left to cherish his memory are his nephews, Jerry B. Kleimann and wife, Margo, of Galveston; Nathan Kleimann and wife, Chante, of Galveston; great nephew, John L. Kleimann and wife, Jennie, of Hitchcock; niece, Sharon Wright and husband, Mike, of Colorado; and niece-in-law, Joyce L. Kleimann, of Hitchcock.

Graveside service will be 11:00 am, Thursday, January 4, 2018, at Galveston Memorial Park in Hitchcock.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

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Cemetery Information

Date: Thursday, January 4, 2018

Time: 11:00 am

Galveston Memorial Park

Address:

7301 Memorial Drive
Hitchcock, TX 77563

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Born: September 13, 1927
Died: December 30, 2017

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Kitty L Vanskike posted on 1/2/18

Iam so sorry for your lost my God be with u and your family.

 

Joyce L. Kleimann posted on 1/2/18

Going to miss going to Galveston on my days off, sometimes with my dog, Optimus, and visiting with Uncle Joe. We would have breakfast and/or lunch depending on what time I got to his house. We would sit out on the porch, drinking coffee and enjoy the beautiful view of Offatts Bayou. He even told me the story of how Offatts got its name. We would have conversations about family, friends and Galveston Island back in Uncle Joe's childhood days. We would also discuss what was in The Daily News. I have surely learned a lot of Galveston history from his prospective. Genealogy research is a favorite past time for me and he has helped fill in some unanswered questions not only about the Kleimann family but Balducci side of the family as well. He would help anyone and give the shirt off his back. Uncle Joe has earned his Angel wings! I am going to miss him, but cherish our earthly time together.

 

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