WILFERD Owen Klotz, 85 - affectionately known to the Mt.
Vernon community, as "W. O. Klotz" a retired school teacher who for
46 years taught Christian living as well as the contents of text books to
hundreds of boys and girls, died unexpectedly early last night at his home at
407 W. Fifth street.
He rose on horseback to the first school he taught in his native
Point township in 1896. He retired in 1942 after
36 years as a grade school teacher and principal in Mt.Vernon.
Heart disease was fatal.
Active and alert far beyond the proverbial years and ten - a circumstance he always
attributed to outdoor exercise and total abstinence from liquor and tobacco -
Mr. Klotz suffered a slight stroke of paralysis last August and his remarkable
physique began a slow but noticeable deterioration. Three weeks ago he
had a light attack of heart disease. A second minor attack followed.
Early last night he suffered the third and fatal attach and died 30
The body is at the Weisinger Funeral
Home. Funeral services for the representative of two prominent South
Posey county families have been set tentatively for Friday afternoon, pending
word from relatives at a distance. Tentative plans are for the service at
Friday in FirstMethodistChurch with burial following in Bellefontaine
cemetery. Rev. J. Kenneth Forbes, FirstMethodistChurch minister, will officiate. The body
will remain at the funeral home until of the day of the service when it will
be taken to the church to lie in state until the funeral hour.
Surviving are the wife, nee Helen C. Bowman of Evansville; two
daughters, Mrs. Jay Blackburn, Evansville, and Mrs. Henry D. Hargrove,
Henderson, Ky; three sons, Wayne D. Evansville, Wilferd E., Jackson, Mich and
Oscar H., Santa Rosa Calif; 10 grandchildren and
seven great grandchildren; a sister, Mrs. G. Edward Behrens, Mt. Vernon and a
brother, Sampson G. Klotz, at present residing in the Behrens home.
The late deceased had been a Methodist for 65 years, joining the former
Greathouse church in Posey township
at the age of 20 and later transferring his membership to FirstMethodistChurch in Mt.Vernon, where he was for 14 years President of
the Men's Bible Class
He was a member of Mt.Vernon lodge, No. 49, Independent Order of Odd
Fellows and had been an Odd Fellow for 51 years. He joined Beulah Lodge,No. 578, Free & Accepted
Masons in 1918. He also was a member of Sunbeam chapter, No. 1, Order of
He was born in a log house in Point township, the original Klotz
homestead located at the junction of Hasting lane and the Uniontown road, moved
to the later Klotz home at the age of six years, graduated from Point township
schools, attended Indiana University and Central Normal College at Danville and
in 1896 launched his long successful career as a public school teacher.
The deceased taught in Point township schools for 10 years before
coming to Mt.Vernon's school system. From 1906 until
his retirement in 1942 he was successively a grade teacher and principal at Old
Central and Main Street( Grammar)
Since his retirement he had busied himself about his home enjoying
his hobby of gardening, continuing his love-filled associations with children
of the neighborhood and city and maintaining his interest in all that
transpired from local to world levels.
Mt.Vernon knew and respected him as a useful,
honorable man who cheerful outlook on life and sympathetic appreciation of the
problems of others earned him the friendship of hundreds, of his fellow