James Keith Klatt was born January 24, 1951 in Cherokee, Iowa the son of Keith and Crystal Klatt. Growing up he attended school in Linn Grove where he graduated from Sioux Valley High School in 1969.
On February 12, 1971, Jim was united in marriage to Cathy Johnson at the Little Brown Church in Nashua. He later married Mary Willeford on March 14, 1992 in Sioux Rapids.
Jim enjoyed fishing, camping, and deer hunting as a family. In his spare time, he loved working in his woodshop. Jim treasured his family and enjoyed spending time with family and friends.
Those left to cherish his memory include his wife, Mary of Sioux Rapids; parents, Keith and Crystal Klatt of Linn Grove; children: Shannon Johnson of Marathon; Jamie (Alea) Klatt of Laurens; Dustin Klatt of Marathon; Todd Hughes of Denver, Colo.; Jamie (Crystal) Hughes of Aurelia; Michael (Shelley) Barbour of Ankeny; 25 grandchildren; 3 great grandchildren; brother, Tim "TK" Klatt of Peterson; sister, Benita (Lee) Heldt of Ankeny; nieces; nephews; extended family and many friends.