Phonzo 'Al' Klutts | July 28, 1925 - Sept. 3, 2013

Portage man would help anyone in need

2013-10-03T00:00:00Z Portage man would help anyone in needBy Carrie Rodovich Times Correspondent
October 03, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Al Klutts was an outgoing, friendly man who would help anyone who needed it, said his daughter, Gloria Campbell.

“He would use the last bit of money he had to help someone else,” she said. “He would give you the shirt off his back.”

Phonzo “Al” Klutts, 88, of Portage, died Sept. 3. He worked as a millwright for U.S. Steel Gary Works and had served in the United States Navy.

He was a faithful and religious man, his daughter said, and was an active member of Harvest Independent Baptist Church in Lake Station.

He was always active in the church and willing to pitch in to help with church projects and events, even into his 80s, Campbell said.

Klutts was an avid fisherman, his daughter said.

One of his favorite hobbies later in life was making wind chimes for people, she said.

He would use the pipes from old metal lawn chairs, which he believed had the best sound.

“He would cut the pipes to different lengths, string them with filament, and hang them on a piece of Plexiglas,” she said. “We were always on the hunt for the old chairs.”

Campbell said friends and family remember her father for his kindness, and for his smile.

Any time she needed help or advice, Campbell said she would call her father and he would come over to help her.

“He would just that type. He would help me with everything,” she said. “He loved spending time with his family, and he loved his grandchildren.”

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