Howard Klehm

February 07, 1941 ‒ July 08, 2017

Marion, Ohio

Howard Klehm, age 76 of Marion, passed away on Saturday, July 8, 2017 at Riverside Methodist Hospital in Columbus.

Howard was born on February 7, 1941 in Marion, the son of E. Ray and Dorothy E. (Strawser) Klehm. He was educated at Harding High School, graduating in the class of 1959. He then attended Miami University in Oxford earning his bachelor’s degree in 1963. Later, he attended The Ohio State University, earning his master’s degree in music education.

Howard was a gifted musician and he served as the assistant band director at Elgin School. He taught at the grade school, junior high and high school levels. He was a member of the Marion Teacher’s Association, along with the Ohio Education Association.

On August 3, 1963, Howard married the love of his life and soulmate, Linda Baker. Together they have shared nearly 54 years of marriage.

To say that Howard was a baseball fan would be somewhat of an understatement. Howard was a diehard super fan. He knew more baseball stats and trivia than most. He loved to travel to as many ballparks as he could, even making a stop on he and Linda’s honeymoon to take in a game. He also enjoyed watching OSU football and basketball games. Howard liked to play Bridge, and taught Linda how to play soon after they were married and were part of many Bridge Clubs throughout the years.

Howard’s gift of music was shared in many ways. He played the organ for over 33 years, first playing at the First United Methodist Church for over 13 years and then at Epworth United Methodist Church for over 20 years. He often times played piano at the Noon Kiwanis Club meetings, where he was a member. As a member of Epworth United Methodist Church, Howard regularly attended the Come Join Us, Sunday School class.

Howard is survived by his devoted wife Linda Klehm; children: Steven Klehm of Marion and Heather (Eric) Queron of Gorrevod, France; grandchildren: Benoit and Maximilien Queron.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Visitation will be Friday, July 14, 2017 at Snyder Funeral Homes, DENZER Chapel, 360 East Center St., Marion from 4PM to 7PM; Funeral service will be Saturday at Epworth United Methodist Church, 249 E Center St, Marion at 10:30AM with Rev. David Hoffman officiating; Burial will be in Marion Cemetery.

If so desired, donations may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church.

The Snyder Funeral Homes of Marion are honored to be serving the Klehm family; condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

  • We are so very sorry for your loss! Howard was a wonderful man and will be missed. You are all in our thoughts and prayers. Love & hugs.
    Joey & Heather Roush

  • We are very sorry for your loss. My favorite memory of Howard is when he came into the teachers lounge in the morning at Elgin Jr. High wearing his black and white piano scarf and talking baseball. He was a very talented and nice guy. He taught a lot of music to many kids that will live on forever!

  • Dear Heather and Steven,

    You both have my sincere sympathy on the loss of your father.

  • Dear Linda, Heather and Steven- My thoughts are with you during this most difficult time of loss. I remember so many funny times with Howard; he was one of a kind! With sympathy and love, Julie Almendinger – Schirmer

  • Linda, heather, Stephen. Our thoughts and prayers are with you all. Love and hugs.

    Gaile A. Baker, Jr. Family

  • Linda so sorry for your loss. I will always have fond memories of Howard and my self spending hours playing APBA Baseball.

    God bless you and your family.

    Roger Klingler

  • I’m so sorry for your loss. I have so many fond memories of Junior High Band and Choir. I’m sure the entire Elgin community will remember his kindness and talent. My prayers are with your family.

  • To the Klehm family,

    The ELGIN family mourns with you in your loss. We also celebrate a man who did what he loved, loved what he did and shared that love with others. Touching his students with his warm and giving spirit, he encouraged us to simply try things and to give their best effort. That sounds like a very successful life to me.
    Job well done Mr.Klehm!

  • Linda,

    We are so sorry for your loss. Our thoughts are with you and your family.

    Jean & Dan Boone

  • I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Howard at Elgin West. May your wonderful memories bring you comfort in the days ahead.

  • Mr. Klehm is the reason I am musician today.

    From those early days as a young student, struggling to say my Rs, but working hard to learn what the squiggly little lines meant on paper, and learning the proper way to hold my cornet and make it sound (terrible at first) good, and on through Middle School and High School, I had Mr Klehm around encouraging me to be a better musician, and reminding me of where I had come from.

    The foundation in music that I received, because of this man’s love for music and for his students, has made me a better man and musician throughout my life.

    Thank you, Mr. Klehm, for giving me a truly great gift. You are a wonderful man and your work still lives on. Rest in peace.

  • I’ll always carry with me the memory of Howard’s great smile and love of music. We had some great times when I was privileged to play in dance bands with him. Karen and I send our deepest sympathy to Linda and family.

  • I am saddened by this news. I pray for peace for your family. Mr Klehm was such a gifted man. He touched so many lives and helped to mold so very many including myself. I pray that the Angel’s will be dancing to his beautiful music. I can still see him raising up out of the floor at the Palace Theater doing what he loved and I will never play my flute without first thinking of him.
    Amy Chestnut Harris

  • Linda and family,
    We were saddened to see that Howard had passed away. He was responsible for teaching my children to play the sax. They all played in the band and enjoyed their musical days because of his patience. He used to accompany me once in awhile in various places. Peggy taught with him and always thought he was a dedicated and wonderful man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you today.

    Pauline Oehler
    Peggy and Tom Knickel
    Sun City West, AZ

  • So sorry to here this news what a wonderful man and music teacher. He will be missed.

  • A special friend and family. God Bless. Linda,Heather and Steven our prayers are wth you. We will miss Avery dear friend.

  • I had Mr. Klehm in grade school at Green Camp then in Junior High at Prospect. Truly a gifted man at music and a great patience! May he continue to play music in heaven. RIP Mr. Klehm…….

  • Linda and Family,
    We are so saddened by the news of Howard’s passing. You are certainly in our thoughts and prayers.
    Gary and Denise Iams, Jane Iams, Carolyn and Mark Green

  • Linda, Steven and Heather: We are so sorry to hear of the loss of your husband/father. What a wonderful husband and father, let alone the fantastic musician he was. He played at our daughter, Amy’s, wedding and we felt honored to have him. Remember the wonderful times and treasure those moments which were special!!
    Jim and Jan Hullhorst

  • So sorry for your loss. I knew Mr Klehm from Elgin Choir He was an amazing man, He will be missed.

    Deepest Sympathy,

  • Linda,
    I am so sorry about the death of Howard. I know there will be a hole in your life and that you will fill it with such memories of the many times you spend together. You will be in my prayers.
    Judy (Mitchell) LaMusga

  • I will cherish times and times again when Linda, Howard, and I enjoyed music and laughs together. You could not win at ‘stump the band’ with Howard……any tune, any key. Always wanted one more band job or one more great belly laugh, but will wait until we are joined again on the other side. One of Howard;s greatest traits….he always spoke first if he saw you first. One of the great friends it has been my pleasure to know and the Klehms are most worthy of every kind statement made by those of us sharing the grieving process with them. Thanks for the memories! Hink

  • Linda,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. You and your children are in our prayers.
    May GOD hold you and your children in his hand in this time . We will continue to hold
    everyone up in prayer.
    Howard and I played many basketball games in his driveway
    and we always had a great time. We only lived afew homes apart.
    May he rest in peace!
    In Christian Love,
    Dennis and Bette

  • Mr. Klehm will be missed. His love of music, teaching, and sense of humor made me want to play the flute. Made me love playing the music…feel it. Many happy memories of this sweet man. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

  • Linda,
    Please accept my most sincere sympathy. I have fond memories of sitting on Howard’s front porch waiting for him to finish piano practice so we could shoot hoops. Time and distance separated us but the memories of our friendship growing up lives on.

  • It was a particular joy to share the leadership of worship services at Epworth across the 1980’s with Howard, a superb musician, caring human being, dear colleague and devoted family man. And, we loved to talk baseball!
    Grace and peace to Linda, Heather and Steven. May God’s tender mercies surround you.

    –C. Joseph Sprague

  • Dear Linda, Heather and Steven,
    We are so sorry to hear of your loss. We have so many wonderful memories of Howard at the Sunday school outings and also of the many, many times he accompanied Kim on her flute for Epworth. What beautiful music they made together! We are praying for your comfort and peace in this time of tremendous loss.

    Darrell & Rita Krasny

  • Dear Linda, Steven & Heather,
    Our sincere condolences are measured out to you today upon hearing the news of Dear Howard’s passing. It was always a pleasure seeing him walking down the street up until the last months. He had a special charm about him as he walked back and forth never giving up his daily exercise. We will truly miss seeing him and just knowing he is across the street. May Our Good Lord keep him and watch over him always and may you, Linda and the family obtain peace and strength throughout your deep deep loss.

    Sincerely in Christ,
    Dr. Arshad and EvaMarie Chaudhry

  • Linda,
    So sad to hear of your loss. I have many early memories of Howard’s awesome musical talent and ability to make people laugh. He was an amazing person. You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

  • Linda, You may not remember me from school, but my name is Barbara (Fix) Snyder a classmate of yours in 1961. I wanted to express my deepest sympathy for your loss. Always remember that those whom you love will always live on in your heart. So sorry. Joe and Barbara Snyder

  • Linda, Steven, and Heather–
    I’m so sorry to hear about Howard. I loved playing flute with him all those times at Epworth and at OMEA contest. He was such a nice guy and will be missed. Hugs and prayers to you all during this time.