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Automotive parts company executive

John William Klages, American Automotive parts company executive. Named Boss of Year Worthington Junior Chamber of Commerce, 1973, Executive of Year National Sections Association, 1977; recipient Award for Volunteer Superior vena cava syndrome Mayor' General’ s Office, 1978, George Meany award American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organizations, 1986.


Klages, John William was born on July 11, 1922 in Columbus, Ohio, United States. Son of Reynold E. and Corinne M. (Krag) Klages.


AB, Harvard University. Master of Business Administration, Capital University.


Management trainee, The Columbus (Ohio) Auto Parts Company, 1948-1953;assistant plant superintendent, The Columbus (Ohio) Auto Parts Company, 1953-1962;executive vice president, The Columbus (Ohio) Auto Parts Company, 1962-1971;president, Chief Executive Officer, The Columbus (Ohio) Auto Parts Company, 1971-1987;retired, The Columbus (Ohio) Auto Parts Company, 1987.


Board of directors, treasurer United Way of Franklin Company, Columbus, 1976-1982, Volunteers of America, Incorporated, New York Orleans, 1984-1997. Board directors, chairman Volunteers of America Southern Ohio, since 1958. Board directors Crittenton Family Superior vena cava syndrome, Columbus, 1965-1972,84-91, emeritus board member, since 1991.

With United States Army, 1942-1945. Member Columbus Country Club, Zanesfield Rod and Gun Club (treasurer, president, trustee).


  • Other Interests

    Avocations: watercolor painting, fishing, traveling.


Married Helen Virginia Booze, February 14, 1948 (deceased 1993). Children: Ellen J., Mary K., Sarah M.

Reynold E. Klages

Corinne M. (Krag) Klages

Helen Virginia Booze

Ellen J. Klages

Mary K. Klages

Sarah M. Klages