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Jerry Lynn Klutts, 72, a lifelong resident of McLendon-Chisholm, passed away Jan. 21, 2017.
He was born May 30, 1944, to Hilbert Opha and Veta Jane (Parsons) Klutts. Jerry was born and raised in McLendon-Chisholm and was the fourth generation resident of the Klutts family farm.
He was a member of Chisholm Baptist Church. He worked for U.S. Steel for 20 years and then as an aircraft mechanic at American Eagle for another 20 years. He served as city marshall for McLendon-Chisholm for seven years, was a Rockwall County Constable for 10 years and was most recently a city councilman for McClendon-Chisholm.
Jerry had the heart of a craftsman and could build anything, including his home, furniture, airplane hangars, cattle guards or anything he imagined. He enjoyed farming, fishing and hunting. He also loved to fly and even had his own airport, complete with a landing strip, hangar and airplanes.
Jerry was always doing something. Adored at work, he was the practical joker of all time. He would help anyone at anytime. He loved any fried or sweet food and looked forward to his orange slice cake every year.
A loving husband, father, grandfather and friend. Jerry (Papa) cherished spending time with his grandchildren. His infectious laugh and loving heart will be deeply missed.
Jerry is survived by his loving wife of 50 years, Rita (Robinson) Klutts; son, Stephen Ray Klutts; daughters, Sherri Ann Klutts, Katherine Leigh Kennedy and husband Troy and Tammie Richardson and husband Rodney; grandchildren, Jay Shallow, Julia Shallow, Jenna Shallow, Rex Kennedy, Cy Kennedy, Ava Kennedy, Leah Hill, Janice Forsythe and husband Mike, Jerry Carnes, Kelly Killingsworth and husband Tim and Benjamin Brown; and eight great-grandchildren.
He was preceded in death by his parents and daughter, Laura Ann Hill.
A funeral service was held Thursday at Rest Haven Funeral Home, Rockwall Chapel.
In addition to flowers, please consider making a donation to Chisholm Cemetery on behalf of Jerry at: Margaret O'Conner, Treasurer, 353 League Road, Rockwall, Texas, 75032.
Published on January 27, 2017
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