Mary “Jean” Kleker

Jean went to be with her heavenly Father on Tuesday, May 4, 2010, while at home, surrounded by family, at the age of 74.

Jean was born in Ontario, Ore., on August 14, 1935, to Jack “D” and Mary Anna Peters. She grew up in eastern Oregon and graduated from Ontario High School in 1953.

Also in 1953, Jean Peters married Henry “Hank” Kleker. Together Hank and Jean had five children and as foster parents, opened their home to more than 50 other children. In 1966, they moved from the Sacramento, Calif. area and purchased a modest home on Butte Falls Highway.

The same year that Eagle Point High School closed in 1976, Hank and Jean moved to Gillette, Wyo., where Hank became the postmaster and Jean bought and ran a Bible book store. Before returning to the Rogue Valley, they spent time traveling the United States by RV. In 1988, they decided to stop and spend a summer working at Yellowstone National Park. They stayed through the summer of the “big fire.” Hank and Jean moved back to Eagle Point a few years later to be closer to their family.

Jean was devoted to the town of Eagle Point and held many positions including working at the Little Butte Store. She loved working with children at the Eagle Point Library, the Eagle Point Junior High and later, the Eagle Point Middle School.

Jean was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother who loved spending time with family and friends.

She is survived by sons, John (Wendy) of Sentinel Butte, N.D., Bob (Laurie) of Eagle Point, Jim (Michelle) of Carmichael, Calif.; daughter, Kathleen Stephenson (Shane) of Soldotna, Alaska; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents, D. and Mary Peters; brother, Jim Peters; her husband, Hank; a son, Edward; and a granddaughter, Amber Stephenson.

The service for Jean will be  held Saturday, May 8 at 11 a.m. at Eagle Point Community Bible Church.

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