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David Klenda

David J. Klenda, age 66, passed away May 18, 2017, after battling cancer.

He was born Oct. 23, 1950, at Hillsboro, the son of Martin and Magdalen (Tajchman) Klenda. He was one of 12 children and grew up in the Pilsen community.

Dave had a passion for baseball. He grew up playing in Kansas and continued playing at K-State. He earned his bachelor of science in agriculture and continued his baseball career all over the country, playing AAA ball. He finished as a relief pitcher for the New York Mets.

He continued to pursue his passion for baseball by coaching in baseball leagues in Yarmouth, Maine, for more than 30 years.

Dave is survived by his wife, Brenda; his five children, J.J., Gina, Julian, Luke, and Ambrosia; two grandchildren, Anthony and Ricky; and 11 siblings.

Funeral Mass will be at 10:30 a.m. Monday, June 5, 2017, at St. John Nepomucene Catholic Church at Pilsen. Mass will be preceded by a rosary at 10 a.m. Interment will follow at Pilsen Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family wishes any donations in Dave’s name be made to the Yarmouth High School baseball team.

Zeiner Funeral Home of Marion will be in charge of arrangements.

Last modified June 1, 2017

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