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Jon-Erik “Big Red” age 35, died suddenly and unexpectedly on Sunday September 9, 2018 of cardiac arrest. He was with his best friends, Luke Chapman and Chad Murrell, in a place he loved the most when he left us all too soon. He is survived by his parents Warren and Karen Klaus, sisters Brittany Crothers (Robert) and Kara Matuszewski (Jason), nephews, JoJo and Isaiah Crothers and new niece, Eloise “Elmo” Crothers. He is also survived by aunts, uncles, cousins and countless friends.

Jon graduated from St. Catherine’s Grade School on 51st and Center, and Pius XI High School in Milwaukee. Jon was a hardworking tradesman, most recently employed with Common Links Construction and a member of the Milwaukee Painters Local Union No. 781.

Jon was a proud member of the Amelia’s Anglers. It is an understatement to say that he was an avid fisherman and hunter and loved the great outdoors. He lived a full life in a short span of time.

Jon was a gentle giant. He is loved by many and has left a gaping hole in the hearts of everyone who knew him. He will be incredibly missed. Life will never be the same without “Big Red”.

In lieu of sending flowers, Jon would want you to bait a hook, pitch a cast and drink a beer! We love you Jon…Godspeed!

Visitation will take place at Heritage Funeral Homes, 16880 W. National Ave. New Berlin, WI 53151 on Saturday, September 15th from 11AM-2PM.

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Shawn Marie

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Scott Melcher

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Dear Warren, Karen, Brittany, & Kara “the Klaus Klan”,

Your son, was a very good man, a good, hearty soul. He loved what he did and moved toward his calling “Into the Woods.” You gave him the freedom & space to pursue his path.

As Max Fischer put it simply,

“Find something you
and do it for the rest of your Life” – Rushmore

Please accept our Fritz condolences and a small gift from an obscure Portuguese shop. Last month when we ventured through a tiny fishing village I saw this Fish. It was meant for someone special but at the time I did not know who… someone who cherishes UpNorth. Therefore, I had an epiphany to return three times down a crusting, crackling dirt road. A place which is the farthest, most western part of Europe. A place where people with grit set out to sail & fish into the unknown. Now I know who this Fish is for…

Jon’s Celebration of Life

Stay strong and remember how blessed you all are …because of your son… your brother Jon.

Go Big Red!!!

Standing by with Love,
Bobby, Simonka, & Robby

Michael & Mary Jo Robinson

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Mary Jo Robinson

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Kimberly Hess

Jon and I were friends at St. Catherine’s grade school. He was funny and polite. I am sorry to hear of his passing. He was a good friend. My thoughts and prayers are with his family.

Kimberly Hess (Hagner)

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