Roy Kletti, aged 93, died peacefully in his sleep of bacterial pneumonia on April 12, 2021. He was a psychologist, an artist and author, and beloved dad.
Highly intelligent, Roy had an almost encyclopedic knowledge of the world. It was hard to come up with a question he couldn't answer. His interests were wide-ranging but focused on science, nature, philosophy, classical music, history and parapsychology. Those who knew him were taken with his kind and gentle nature, his wise words and quick wit. He played chess, had a reputation as a great dancer, and in his youth enjoyed boxing, which he learned in the Navy.
Born to George and Lorraine (nee Metzner) in Milwaukee, WI on June 15, 1927, Roy spent time working in his father's garage as a mechanic before joining the Navy. As a young man he lived and studied in Switzerland and Paris for two years, a time of his life that created treasured memories that he loved to share ever after. After WWII he attended the Layton School of Art in Milwaukee, then went on to study psychology at the Universities of Wisconsin and North Dakota, where he earned his BS and MA degrees. He practiced in FL, IL, IA, WI and MO before retiring at the age of 85, after which he was able to devote himself full-time to writing, reading and his never-ceasing quest for knowledge and understanding.
Roy was preceded in death by MaryBeth (nee Childers), his loving wife of 60 years, and is survived by a son Nicholas (Audrey Retelle) and a daughter Jill.
Nick and Jill would like to express their profound gratitude to the staff of Quail Haven Village, under whose loving care their father thrived during the final year of his life.
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