Larry Klemz was an outgoing person who always had a smile on his face and a warm welcome for everyone, said his son, Doug Klemz.
He was proud of the family business, Home Mountain Printing, which was started by his grandfather, Herman Heimberg, in 1906.
“The sound of the equipment frequently put him to sleep in his crib as a small child,” his son said. “In high school and college, he worked at the shop after school and in the evenings. He was so proud of the work that our family provided the community. Later, he purchased the business and was so happy to continue the family tradition. He literally had ink running through his veins.”
Larry Klemz, 71, of Valparaiso, died Oct. 12. He was a commercial printer and had been president of Home Mountain Printing from 1978 until his death.
He was involved in numerous community organizations, including serving on the board of the Family and Youth Services Bureau, Porter County United Way, Valparaiso YMCA and Greater Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce. He also was involved with his church, Immanuel Lutheran Church.
He was a 1960 Valparaiso High School graduate and a 1964 Valparaiso University grad. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Army.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Jerilyn Klemz.
He loved spending time with family, especially at Christmas time. He enjoyed working around the home. He also loved traveling and fast cars, especially Corvettes.
He believed in the importance of community service, and wanted to give back to the community not only financially, but by building a better future for the next generations, his son said.
“Next to family, Valparaiso and Porter County meant everything to dad,” his son said. “He was always involved in one organization or another.”