December 24, 1933 - May 19, 2021
Alex Klooster, Jr., age 87, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, after a four month struggle with bone marrow cancer (MDS). Alex is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Beverly (nee Kremers) Klooster; his children Mark (Rachel) Klooster, Kelly (Steve) Van Singel, and Eric (Andrea) Klooster; and seven wonderful grandchildren: Brady, Julia, Magdalyn, Gillian, Ryan, Jeremy, and Alyssa. Alex was born on December 24, 1933, in Charlevoix, Michigan, to Allie and Grace Klooster. He grew up in Ellsworth, Michigan with his younger sister Beverly (previously deceased). Alex graduated from East Jordan High School in 1952. Working in his father’s machine shop after high school, he was drafted into the U.S. Army in 1954. He served stateside from 1954-1956 at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri, Fort Bliss in Texas, and Fort Meade near Washington DC. In 1956, Private Specialist Third Class Alex Klooster received a letter of commendation for outstanding performance of duty as a radar technician. Thanks to his service and the GI Bill, Alex began his engineering studies at Calvin College and completed his MSEE at the University of Michigan in 1965. He then began working at the U of M Willow Run Laboratories, eventually known as the Environmental Research Institute of Michigan (ERIM) where he would work until 1994 as an Electrical Engineer. After retiring from ERIM, Alex enjoyed over twenty years of consultant work for companies such as Coherix in Ann Arbor. Alex’s experiences, from the machine shop to optical engineering, led him to be able to fix anything, from cars to intricate electronics. He had a fondness for old time radios and cameras which he loved to display and repair. Alex had a vast knowledge and love of classical music and old time radio history. He enjoyed sailing and at one time, was a member of the Michigan Sailing Club. Alex was a diehard University of Michigan fan, and he and his wife, Beverly, had basketball season tickets for many years. Alex loved to travel and he and Bev took many memorable trips: bicycling through the Netherlands, many annual Spring Break trips to Hilton Head Island, SC, and summertime weeks at Crystal Mountain in Thompsonville, MI. Alex was most recently a member of Trinity Evangelical Presyterian Church where he and Bev enjoyed serving on the Wednesday night dinner crew and attending community outings with other seniors in the Living Lively group. Prior to that he was a long time member of Ann Arbor Christian Reformed Church where he assisted with various technologies throughout the church. He also attended Campus Chapel at the University of Michigan, where he met his wife. Recently, he also enjoyed volunteering in the community with Friends In Deed and Friendship Ministries. The family will receive visitors at the Vermeulen-Sajewski Funeral Home (46401 Ann Arbor Rd, Plymouth, MI) from 2pm to 5pm on Sunday, May 23, 2021. The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, May 24, 2021, 11:00am at Trinity Evangelical Presbyterian Church (10101 Ann Arbor Road W, Plymouth, MI). In state at church Monday 10 AM. Private interment will be held at the Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly, MI. Memorial contributions can be made in Alex’s honor to the “Jeremiah 29:11” scholarship at Calvin University (set up in honor of 2 of his granddaughters living with Autism), 3201 Burton SE, Grand Rapids, Mi 49546-4388, Friends in Deed, 1196 Ecorse Rd., Ypsilanti, MI 48198, or Arbor Hospice, 2366 Oak Valley Dr., Ann Arbor, MI 48103. To share a memory, please use the Share a Memory tab on this web page.
Alex Klooster, Jr., age 87, of Ann Arbor, Michigan, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, May 19, 2021, after a four month struggle with bone marrow cancer (MDS). Alex is survived by his loving wife of 51 years, Beverly (nee Kremers)... View Obituary & Service Information
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