Harlan "Harley" Klepfer '41

Harlan Klepfer '41Harlan A. “Harley” Klepfer entered the Chapter Eternal May 23, 2011 following a brief illness. He was 91 and had been living in Tipton, Georgia.

Brother Klepfer was born February 29, 1920, in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of Matthew Klepfer and Eunice Eschelman Klepfer. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps., serving with distinction until 1945.

Following the war, with his brother Ward, Harley entered the successful family automobile business in Buffalo started in 1908 by their father, Matt, and uncle, Frank Klepfer. Under their ownership the well-known Klepfer Brothers Buick was the first recipient of the Time Magazine Auto Dealer Award for excellence.

During this time, being the avid tennis player that he was, Brother Klepfer became a long time member of the Buffalo Tennis and Squash Club, the Buffalo Club, and the Wanakah Country Club.

Brother Klepfer was married for 49 years to his college sweetheart, Lucy Lewis ’41 of Granville, Ohio. Their marriage took place the day following graduation in Swasey Chapel. Following her death in 1990, he remarried and moved to Tifton, Georgia where he began what he often referred to as his "second career," spending countless hours on and off the tennis courts, helping "the kids" at the perennial national tennis power, Abraham Baldwin Junior College, located in Tifton.

Harley was a loyal supporter of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College tennis program and, at the age of 89, was inducted into the ABAC Athletics Hall of Fame in 2009, just a few years after he had given up the game he so enjoyed. Since 1991, he had remained in contact with many of the former players and stayed current on their life's journeys, including families and children.

Brother Klepfer was preceded in death by his parents, Matthew and Eunice Klepfer; his first wife, Lucy Lewis Klepfer ’41; and his brother, Ward Klepfer ’37. He is survived by his loving wife, Lucy O’Neal Klepfer of Tifton, Georgia; daughter Ann Huffman; three sons, James, John, and Thomas Klepfer ’64; five grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

All honor to his name.

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