Tharlo Klaver ’78

Klaver, Tharlo 12/6/1955 – 1/7/2023 Tharlo “Thar” Klaver, age 67 of Wyoming, went to his eternal home on January 7, 2023 and is now wrapped in the arms of Jesus. He attended Wyoming Park High School and Hope College where he excelled both academically and athletically. It was at Wyoming Park that Thar met (and later married) his high school sweetheart, Mary. Mary and Tharlo celebrated their 44th wedding anniversary this past September. Together they welcomed 3 daughters: Katie Frei, Jackie (Ryan) Gorter, Andie (Matt) Lee and five grandchildren. Tharlo gave each of his grandkids their own personal nicknames: Rylynn (Rylynner), Garrison (Sonny), Elise (Big E), Gracelynn (Gacie-girl) & Mattson (Poppy). Thar will not only be lovingly remembered by his family, but also by his lifelong best friend, Jack Voss; his brothers, Tedson and Chip (Judy) Klaver, his brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Rob (Mary) Conner and Kristi (Mark) Heintskill. Tharlo is also survived by his aunt, Ann Klaver, uncle, John (Jan) Gritter; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ted and Kay Klaver, his in-laws, Merlin and Lola Conner, and his close uncle, Jerry Klaver. Those who knew Tharlo best would describe him as strong, loyal, and honest. He was a simple man who knew what was truly important in life: working hard, being true to your word, and helping others. He had an unwavering moral compass and a great sense of humor. His faith in the Lord never ceased, and he was completely devoted to his family. Tharlo’s greatest joy was being with the ones he loved, especially his grandchildren, his dog, Mert, and bird, Laverne. Many of his fondest memories occurred at the cottage that he built for his family. Tharlo loved creating things that he knew could be helpful and/or bring joy to others. From a zipline in the woods, to designing a one-of-a-kind bird feeder, he was a man that could do it all. Tharlo was so proud of his grandchildren. He loved spending time with them: from flipping them off his shoulders in the water, to watching them at band concerts and athletic events, to joining them on field trips, he was there for it all. He also looked forward to his weekly shopping trips to Love Incorporated with his youngest grandson. Tharlo’s passing has left a huge hole in the hearts of many, but we have peace knowing that the world is a better place because of him, and that the love, kindness, and memories Thar left behind will be remembered by all.

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