Joseph Michael Kleha, 71, of Harrisburg and formerly of Shenandoah and Allentown, departed his earthly home to spend eternity with the Lord on Monday, February 17 at Hershey Medical Center. He was born on born July 28, 1948 in Shenandoah, Pa to the late Eleanor Hartz (Ardziejewski), and father, Joseph “Jazz” Kleha.
Joseph was a 1966 graduate of Shenandoah Catholic High School in Shenandoah, then went on to earn his BS in Accounting at The Pennsylvania State University. While attending Penn State, Joseph served in the United States Army. After graduation in 1974, Joseph worked at the Public Utilities Commission before joining PPL Electric Utilities as Manager Regulatory Compliance & Rates starting in July 1981, retired March 2013. Post retirement, he was the Principal JMK Lion Consulting LLC specializing in Rates & Regulatory Affairs until the time of his death. Joseph was a lifetime member of The Polish American Fire Company. He enjoyed spending time with his family, attending Penn State football games - holding season tickets for over 40 years, traveling to ballparks to watch the Chicago Cubs, being an avid amateur horticulturist, and supporting dozens of charitable organizations.
Besides his parents, Joseph was preceded in death by his beloved wife, Gale in 2019.
Surviving is his son, Joseph D. Kleha (wife Rebecca), his daughter, Kristin G. Singer (husband Michael), an Aunt, Eva Koch, and 9 cousins.
Joseph was known to those around him simply as Joe, and few things made him happier than spending time with his children and cousins. His face would light up when his house would fill up for the holidays with kids and pets, and he always made time to have a glass of good bourbon or beer and relax with his family.
Full military honors will be conducted at Ft. Indiantown Gap National Cemetery, Annville, Pa on Monday, March 2nd at 11am.
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