A funeral service will be held Wednesday, August 6, 2014 at the chapel in Community Lutheran Church, Las Vegas, Nev. for Jack “Jack” R. Klai, of Las Vegas, Nev.
Posted on 8/1/14
He died July 22, 2014 with his loving family and staff of Nevada Memory Care bedside.
John ‘Jack’ was born on July 1, 1928 to Jacob and Ruby Reynolds Klai, and was raised, educated and resided in Osnabrock until moving to Las Vegas in 1986. He was the only son amongst three sisters: Vivian Caksackkar of Union City, Texas; Shirley Monson, Osnabrock; and Phyllis Berntson, Zumbrota, Minn., all whom survive. He married Lois Elaine Rasmusson in 1949, and was preceded in death by his ‘loving Lo’ in 2001, his parents and most in-laws. They proudly reared their three children, Jill (Mike) Lorenz of Henderson, Nev.; son John (Jon Sparer) and Joni (Mitch) Trageton, Las Vegas. Jack is also survived by five grandchildren: Max (Drea) Lorenz and Nick (Jessica) Lorenz, Las Vegas; Tyler Trageton and Zachary Trageton, Las Vegas; and Alison Sparer (Jimmy Mulligan), Houston, Texas. Their entire family had made Las Vegas their home by Thanksgiving 1988. He was an athlete-extraordinaire in high school, and attended junior college in Austin, Minn. He curtailed his higher education to assume patriarchal responsibilities when family health matters called him home as a young man to take over his Dad’s carpentry/general construction activities in northeast North Dakota. Jack and his crews continued to deliver ‘high-Klai-quality’ craftsmanship until his move to Southern Nevada. He was installed as the Supreme Chancellor (the ‘Grand Poobah’) of the international fraternal order, Knights of Pythias (KP), in 1984 at their Biennial Conclave in Phoenix, Ariz., followed by his election as Supreme Secretary in 1986, a position and office he maintained in Las Vegas until 1996. He was active in his hometown Osnabrock KP Lodge #22 and represented the Grand Lodge of North Dakota as Supreme Representative from 1966 until his elevation to the Supreme ranks in 1976. He loved his work, golf and spontaneous travel in his campers with his family, and officiating North Dakota high school basketball – especially the Class B tourneys held annually in Minot. He became a perennial with his friend and ref partner, Vin Dawley, and together they were inducted into the ND Athletic Hall of Fame in 1983. Family life in Las Vegas was all about time with his grandchildren, catching the grand-kids’ games and helping out at Klai Juba Wald Architects. Later in his life, he resided at Las Ventanas and Aegis Senior Living Centers.
In lieu of flowers, Jack’s family suggests any donations be made to: Osnabrock Community Living Center, Dovre Lutheran Church, Osnabrock; and/or the Silver Dollar Society AA, Fargo.