Irving Klepper – Lieutenant Colonel, United States Army

From a contemporary press report:

Irving Klepper, 78, a retired Army lieutenant colonel who served as a radio frequency engineer during World War II and the Korean and Vietnam wars, died of cancer August 1, 1998 at Johns Hopkins Hospital, Baltimore, Maryland..

Colonel Klepper, who lived in Severna Park since 1972, served more than 35 years in the Army, retiring in 1976 as deputy director of the Department of Defense’s Electromagnetic Compatibility Analysis Center. He worked the next three years as a senior engineering consultant to defense contractor IITRI in Annapolis.

He was born in Louisville, Kentucky. Over the course of his military career, he served with the Seventh Army in Europe and with the Army Section Signal Military Assistance Advisory Group in Taiwan.

He was a life member of the Amateur Radio Satellite Corp and Society of Wireless Pioneers and a member of the Retired Army Officers Association and the Annapolis chapter of the Military Order of the World Wars.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Catherine Shiach Klepper of Severna Park; two children, Robert Klepper of Saudi Arabia and Jacqueline Shillito of Arlington; a sister; and five grandchildren.


On August 1, 1998, IRVING COMSTOCK KLEPPER, of Severna Park, MD, beloved husband of Catherine (nee Shiach) Klepper; devoted father of Robert Klepper and Jacqueline Shillito; dear brother of Harriet Talbot. Also survived by five grandchildren. Friends may meet on Thursday, August 13, 8:30 a.m. at the Arlington National Cemetery Administration Building with services to begin 9 a.m. at the Ft. Myer Chapel followed by interment. Contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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