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John William Klingseisen

March 3, 1932 — May 14, 2023

John William Klingseisen

John William Klingseisen was a loving husband, adored father, grandfather, brother, and community icon.  He passed away peacefully at 91 years of age on May 14th, 2023, at Northside Hospital in Cumming, Georgia.  

His unwavering devotion to faith and family, enthusiastic embrace of his German heritage, dedication to work, and love for music were the passions that defined him.  He touched the lives of so many people and left a lasting impression on everyone who knew him. He was universally respected, admired and loved.

Born March 3rd, 1932, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin to Betty Taubenberger and Johan Klingseisen, John was one of five siblings. The family was strong in their Catholic faith, shared a love of music, and were honorary members of the Wendlstoana German Club, a schuhplattler frauen club that honors traditional Bavarian music and dance. It was at the club that John met and courted the love of his life, Elizabeth ‘Betty’ Kulmus.

Married January 19th, 1952, John had to leave his new bride in August of that year to serve in the Korean War. He ultimately rose to the position of Sergeant Major, the highest-ranking non-commission officer in the battalion.  His service held a special responsibility and importance for him being the first generation born in America.  His family is eternally grateful and proud of his service to our country.

John dedicated his 45-year career to the American Can Company, where he was called on repeatedly to ‘fix’ failing plants around the country. Both at work and in his personal life, John was known for his sharp mind, thoughtful conversation about current affairs, and his positive ‘get-it-done’ approach – he was a true leader. His exceptional management ability afforded him the opportunity to live in Wisconsin, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Texas, Louisiana, Georgia and Missouri. 

Upon retirement John & his ‘Sweetie’ returned to Wisconsin and built their dream home on Cedar Creek, where he found immense joy in his extensive gardens. Never idle, he was drawn to see the world. He brought his loved ones together on numerous occasions, creating everlasting memories through family vacations.

In their return to Wisconsin, John and Betty were active leaders in the Wendlstoana, where John served as the President of the United German Societies and was a key architect in securing the future of the Bavarian Inn and the Milwaukee-based clubs.   

Music was not just a part of John’s life, it grounded him.  He transferred the love of music to his children and grandchildren, and he will be remembered as an exceptionally accomplished musician.  A master accordionist, nothing made him happier than being on stage, accompanying dancers at club, Oktoberfest, and family reunions – that’s where he wanted to be.  He was equally accomplished on the piano, his music made everyone feel special and there was never a birthday that passed without a ‘happy birthday’ song.

John’s unwavering passion for Betty, love of family, strength of character, and devotion to faith will remain forever in our hearts. His legacy will live on through his wife of 71 years, Betty, his five children; Kathryn & Steve Forrester, Karen Littlejohn & Jeff Lewis, Mark & Colleen Klingseisen, John & Elizabeth Klingseisen, Kristine Klingseisen & Shannon Goodman; nine grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.  He is also survived by two sisters, Marion Eisenman and Rita Jensen.  Ein Prosit, Johnny, Dad, Grandpa, Great-Grandpa!

A service will take place on Friday, June 9, 2023, at Saint Brigid Catholic Church, 3400 Old Alabama Road, Johns Creek at 11:00am, with Father Herlihy officiating.

As an expression of sympathy, memorial contributions may be sent to Amlyoidosis Research Consortium https://donate.arci.org/JohnKlingseisen or Juvenile Diabetes   ResearchFoundation(JDRF) https://www2.jdrf.org/site/TR?fr_id=8505&pg=personal&px=9172194

Ingram Funeral Home, 210 Ingram Ave., Cumming, GA 30040 in charge of arrangements.

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