Joseph P. Kloss Jr., age 76, passed away peacefully after a heroic battle with pancreatic cancer on Friday, Oct. 28, 2011 at Morristown Medical Center. Born in Newark, Joe grew up in Lake Parsippany and lived in Denville for 26 years before moving to Boonton 20 years ago. He was a former veteran of the United States Marines and later the United States Army where he was an M.P. from 1957-1958. Joe served on the Bikini Atoll, Enewetak in the Marshall Islands of the Pacific. There he was exposed to the effects of radiation as a result of Atmoic testing. In later years, Joe became a member of the National Association of Atomic Veterans and lobbied for their recognition. Following his release from the service, he worked in a technical capacity for several companies. Eventually, after honing his welding skills, Joe started a business in this field. Kloss Welding served Morris County for decades. Semi-retired for the last five years, Joe became a welding instructor for the Adult School, at Morris County School of Technology. Proctoring for the building trades at Port Elizabeth, became another one of his activities. Among his many hobbies were building model ships and planes. He later depicted these subjects in paintings. Historical events and landscapes of New Jersey were also popular subjects. A long standing membership in the N.R.A. led to Joe becoming a skilled marksman He was a member of the Elks Lodge #2078 in Parsippany and was a 32nd degree Mason in Muscanetcong Lodge of Budd Lake. A medal for distinguished military service was awarded to him in 2010 by the Morris County Freeholders. Full of life, wit, and humor, Joe’s talent for teaching, generous heart and love and knowledge of history will be remembered by all who knew and loved him.
He was pre-deceased by his beloved wife, Joan J. (nee-Hlad) on 2/16/1991. Survivors include his daughter, Donna Kloss of Bangor, Pa; his loving companion of 20 years, Eileen Foerster of Parsippany; his brothers, Richard of Port Chester, William of Parsippany, and George of New Port Richy, Fl; and by his sisters, Barbara Lee of Morris Plains and Karen Roselle of Lake Huntington, N.Y., Rosemarie Potts of Lincoln Park, and Elizabeth Braxton of Lake Ariel, Pa. He is also survived by many nieces and nephews.
Relatives and friends are invited to attend his Memorial Service on Monday, November 7, 2011 at 11 a.m. at the Par-Troy Funeral Home, 95 Parsippany Road, Parsippany. (973)887-3235 or visit www.partroyfuneralhome.com. Visiting hours are on Monday from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. In lieu of flowers, please make donations in his memory to the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown, N.J., 07962.