Jan Woodward Klair - Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Homes & Crematory

Jan Woodward Klair

October 12, 1939 - February 14, 2018

Jan Woodward Klair, age 78, of Newark, DE, passed away on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Wilmington, DE on October 12, 1939, he was the son of the late Ralph and Hazel Klair.  Jan served in the US Navy and then dedicated his career as a talented photographer.

A friend to his local community, he umpired for the Babe Ruth Little League in Newark and was frequently requested to photograph sporting events at University of Delaware.  Jan was also a member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, American Legion Post #10 in Newark and Brandywine Motor Sports Club.   Above all, he was a beloved husband, brother, father and grandfather.

Jan is survived by his beloved wife of 35 years, Donna L. (Meyer) Klair; daughter, Alexis L. Brookens (Chris) of Bear; son, Jon E. Klair of Newark; sister, Erica Wool of Newark; and granddaughters, Maddie and Cora.

A visitation for family and friends will be held from 10 am until 11 am on Saturday, February 17, 2018 at Spicer-Mullikin Funeral Home, 121 West Park Place, Newark, DE, where a funeral service will begin at 11 am.  A committal service will be held at 10 am on Wednesday, February 21, 2018 in the chapel of Delaware Veterans Memorial Cemetery, 2465 Chesapeake City Road, Bear, DE.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Jan’s honor to Compassionate Care Hospice, 248 E. Chestnut Hill Rd., Suite 4, Newark, DE 19713.


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17 Condolences for Jan Woodward Klair

  • My big brother is at peace

  • Jan was a good friend of mine many years ago. When I moved out of Delaware, I saw less of him, but always enjoyed his company and that of his wife, Donna . He was an interesting man of many talents and experiences. I was shocked to hear that he had contracted West Nile virus and was so saddened that it made him so ill. He was a man full of energy, always smiling, quick with a joke and a positive outlook. May he rest in peace.

  • Donna and Family – Our love is with you now for all the love and caring that surrounded Jan during difficult years. Remembering Jan as a great guy and some interesting chats along the way. Leaving a beautiful legacy with you and special memories with many. Blessings and peace.

    /Deb & Bernie August

  • Our sincere sympathy for the loss of your beloved husband / father / grandfather. May all your memories of happy times together help you through this sad time. Love, Carol & Bill

  • I’m so very sorry he’s gone but consoled by the fact that the suffering has ended ❤️

  • So sorry for your loss. May he rest in peace

  • Donna, so very sorry for your loss. Jan was a good friend. Please let us know if you need anything. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Donna and Family: I want to express my sincerest personal condolences, and convey to you the love and prayers of your fellow classmates from the class of 1969 as well as all Conrad alumni. Jim

  • Wonderful Jan made our connection to University of Delaware the first weekend we moved here. We are continually grateful for the kindness. Much love and prayers to you Donna and all your family.

  • Thinking of the good times when Uncle Jan took me camping, a car rally scavenger hunt and my first Star Wars movie. Family gatherings and many more good memories. Thankful he is now at peace.
    – Stacy

  • Donna,

    So sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. I hope that your happy memories together and knowing his suffering is over will provide strength and comfort to you and the family. Hugs and prayers to all of you.


  • So sorry to hear of Jan’s passing. We had many adventures at Conrad before he changed to Nottingham Academy. We had the distinction of nearly being chased out of Hershey Park in Pa.He will be missed.

  • We were saddened to hear of Jan’s passing.
    We are grateful for his service to our country.

    He was a talented and creative photographer. Our thoughts and prayers are with his devoted wife, Donna, his children, and his family.

    Paul and Mary Kuhwald

  • With sincere sympathy to the entire Klair family, I am so sorry that I missed the service. May God hold you in his hands and comfort you in the days to come. Love, Mary Graff

  • We are so sorry for your loss. I remember Jan fondly from playing Buzz time at McGlynns Pub he had a brilliant mind we will miss him.

  • Donna, Just learned of Jan’s passing. I remember him fondly from our BMC days. Please accept my
    sympathy to you and your family.

  • Just heard about Jan’s passing – sorry this is so late. Janet, Darren, Liam and I have many happy memories of time spent with Jan: scouts, baseball clay pigeon shooting. I recall the lovely red VW Bug he had and don’t forget the bull in the backyard! I can still hear him yelling “Jon Erik! What ails you boy?” Happy memories indeed.