Harold Victor Klare

PINE PLAINS — Harold Victor Klare, 99, a resident since 1954 of Jordan Lane Farm in Pine Plains, died April 19, 2011. At the time of his death, Mr. Klare was in a nursing home in Sunderland, Mass.

His wife, the former Martha Elizabeth Jordan, whom he married May 31, 1940, in Jamaica, N.Y., predeceased him in March 1995.

Harold Klare was born March 7, 1912, in Ridgewood, N.Y., the son of Freda (Welz) and August Klare. He graduated magna cum laude in 1933 from Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa.

During World War II, he served in the U. S. Army Air Corps and was honorably discharged in 1946 with the rank of captain.

He retired in 1974 from Andrea Radio Corporation, where he was a comptroller and director. He was a deacon and member of the First United Presbyterian Church in Pine Plains and was a charter and past president of the Little Nine Partners Historical Society. Mr. Klare was also on the board of the Evergreen Cemetery in Pine Plains.

Mr. Klare is survived by a son, William Victor Klare of Wading River, N.Y.; two daughters, Betsy Speeter of Hatfield, Mass., and Helen Jackson of Konowa, Okla.; three grandsons, Christopher William Klare, Robert Matthew Klare and Zachariah Joy Jackson; two granddaughters, Barbara Elizabeth Speeter and Abigail Jordan Speeter Bielski; and a great-grandson, Jordan Greg Bielski.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, June 25, at 1 p.m. at the First United Presbyterian Church, followed by a reception at the church hall. The Rev. Carol Miller will officiate.

Burial will follow at the Evergreen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Presbyterian Church of Pine Plains, 3039 Church St., Pine Plains, NY 12567.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Peck and Peck Funeral Home in Pine Plains.

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