THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Myron C. Klika
Issue Date: June 7, 2018
Myron C. Klika, 89, of Oconto, known as "Mike", passed away Tuesday, May 29, 2018.
Born Dec. 20, 1928 in Green Bay, to William G. and Rose (Skalecki) Klika, he lived in Brown County in his early years and attended school in rural Shirley and later De Pere. He graduated from St. Norbert College and took courses at University of Wisconsin and Lewis University in Illinois. He married Helen A. Riley on April 7, 1951 at New Post Chapel at Fort Sill, Ok.
He served in the United States Army with the 529th Field Artillery Battalion during the Korean War from 1950 to 1952. A non-commissioned officer at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Camp Chaffee, Arkansas and Baumholder, Germany, he last served as a first sergeant in a battalion attachment on the Rhine River in Germany. After service, he worked in the family real estate sales business in Brown County with his father.
In 1955, he became a social worker with Oconto County Department of Public Welfare where he served as a social worker supervisor for many years. He retired in March 1991 after 35 years.
An active member of the Wisconsin Social Services Association for many years, he received the District service Award from the 17 county Eastern District of the WSSA and an honorary life membership with the WSSA Association.
He liked working with the older generation and was presented a life membership in the Oconto Historical Society. He served as Past Commander of the American Legion, Post 74, had a lifetime membership in the American Legion and was conferred membership in the Golden Knight Society at St. Norbert College in 2002. He and his family held memberships in The Oconto Golf Club for many years.
He enjoyed music and at an early age, led his own 10 piece dance orchestra and worked for years in other area bands including the Green Bay City Band, Gail Shepardson Band, Brault's Canadians, Carl Sturdivant's Balladaires and the Martin Zimmerman Band.
He performed on radio broadcasts for Matt Theis and Dick Rogers Polka Bands as well as the Farmhands Band. He was a musician for local vaudeville acts, Holiday on Ice shows and played at the Brown County Arena, local Cerebral Palsy Telethons and many other performances. He occasionally worked shows for Patti Page and Jack Benny and was a member of the musicians Local 205, Green Bay for over 60 years.
He enjoyed photography and building things in and around his house. As a couple, they enjoyed traveling, dancing and golfing.
He remained active in community affairs for many years including being chairman of a local group that collected finances for the benefit of the earlier hospital and was a three year member on the planning and building committee for the present City Hall in Oconto.
He is survived by three children and their spouses, Mark S. (Lorraine) Klika, St. Paul, Mn., Miriam Klika, Necedah and Jay C. (Joy) Klika, Springfield, Mo.; seven grandchildren; a brother and sister-in-law, Darwin "Bud" (Rita) Klika, Tennessee and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Robert Riley and Evelyn Desmond.
Along with his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Helen in 2009.
Friends called at Rhodes Charapata Funeral Home in Oconto on Monday, June 4 from 10 a.m. until time of a funeral service at 11 a.m. Deacon Walt Kaszynski officiated followed by Veterans Honors and Burial in Mount Olivet Cemetery in De Pere.