FREDONIA, N.Y. (WIVB) — U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Michael Klose was killed in a traffic accident Sunday near his Spangdahlem Air Base in Germany.
He is remembered by his commander as “tremendous Airman” who could fix anything.
At Fredonia High School, the 2009 graduate is remembered as a good-natured student always ready to lend a hand.
Principal Todd Crandall opened a yearbook and reflected on the smiling face of Klose as student.
“He was the type of a kid that the teachers went to if they needed help with something,” he said.
“It’s a punch to the stomach when you lose one of your own, and the students feel it,” said Crandall.
Mike Klose’s job was to fix fighter jets. His memorial service was held Thursday at one of the base’s hangers. His family was there.
Fredonia High School helped build a foundation for Mike’s mechanical skills. The shop still has pieces of scrap steel that he and his friends used when they learned how to weld.
“They would just be laying down beads and practicing,” said technology teacher Roger Pacos. “He apparently he got pretty good at it…and went on to a career in the Air Force.”
There is a lone ribbon on the tree in front of the Klose home. Residents said they were shocked to learn of their neighbor’s death.
Principal Crandall said “We also have fond memories and nothing but gratitude for serving our country.”