Donald Joseph Klaes

Donald Joseph Klaes
Donald Joseph Klaes


Donald Joseph Klaes, 59, of Seymour, passed away December 19, 2020, unexpectedly at home.

Don was born May 29, 1961, the son of Dr. Marvin and Mary (Vance) Klaes. He was a graduate of Seymour High School and Indiana University, and was a member of the Sigma Chi Fraternity. Don served in the US Army from 1982 to 1985 when he was honorably discharged. He played in the US Army Band while stationed in Germany. Don was well known and respected as an outstanding keyboard player. His talents were enjoyed by many as a member of the Ang Trio, the Elements of Jazz, and the Sound of Dreams. Don was very active in the Jackson County Community Theater both as an actor and a musician. Don had played in the worship band at both Seymour Christian Church and The Alley Church. He was an avid chess player and a long-time employee at Mactac in Columbus.

Don is survived by his brothers, Dr. Chris (Dianne) Klaes, Bill (Julie) Klaes, and sisters, Kathy (Ned) Clark, Julie (Joe) Bradley, Dr. Marian Klaes, and Patti Hurley. He is also survived by 12 nieces and nephews and 7 great nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, a sister, Stella Klaes, and a great nephew Conrad Kuntz.

The family appreciates all the prayers and concern for them in this time of loss. Don will be missed by many friends and fans in the community. Due to the Covid 19 Pandemic, and for the safety of the family and friends, a private ceremony will take place at a later date. Cards and notes of condolence will be most welcome.

The family asks that memorial checks be sent to the Community Foundation for the Don Klaes Music and Performing Arts Fund, 107 Community Drive, Seymour, IN 47274.

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