Lester Thomas Klvana, 85, of Wilmington, passed away on Saturday, June 11, 2016. He was born in New York on September 4, 1930, to the late Aldrich and Mildred Klvana.
He was a husband, father, and devoted grandfather. He lived his life to the fullest. He enjoyed boat building, teaching, acting, Tai Chi, golfing, bonsai, cooking and reading. He was a devoted sports and Washington Redskins fan to the end. Above all, nothing was more important to him than spending time with his family.
Les proudly served our country, which he loved, in the U.S. Army. He was a veteran of the Korean War and a recipient of the Bronze Star with the ‘V’ device, two Purple Hearts and the Combat Infantryman Badge. He served 22 years as a sergeant with the New York City Police Department. He was a member of the Cape Fear Military Order of the Purple Heart, and Collabergh-Radium No. 859 Masonic Lodge in Croton-on-Hudson, N.Y.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by one brother, Bill Klvana; and one sister, Adelaide Sylvester.
Les is survived by his loving wife of 63 years, Joan Klvana; two sons, Tim Klvana (Elizabeth) and Michael Klvana (Joy); daughter, Cynthia Klvana Morphy (David); two sisters, Geraldine Born and Dolores Cronin; two brothers, Bernard and Philip Klvana; and seven beloved grandchildren, David and Andrew Klvana, Zak and Zoe Klvana and Emily, Matthew and Michael Morphy.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, at Coble Ward-Smith Funeral Service. A memorial Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, June 21, at St. Marks Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be forwarded to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.
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