Peter Eric Van Kleek

Published 7:20 pm Thursday, March 27, 2014

Peter Eric Van Kleek, 85, of Berthoud, Colorado  died on March 18, 2014. He was born in St. Petersburg, Florida to John Raymond and Joan. (Hill) Van Kleek.
He is a graduate of St. George’s School in Newport, Rhode Island and had a degree in Hotel Management from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York.
He served in the US Army during the Korean War.  In 1954 he married Barbara Jane King.
Early in his career Peter worked in Hotel Management at the Hotel Barringer in Charlotte, Hotel Cleveland in Spartanburg, and Mimosa Inn in Tryon. He later became a Founding Dean of Hotel Education at Johnson and Wales College in Providence, Rhode Island and at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. He retired in 1992.
In 1999 retired to Berthoud where he was a member of First Presbyterian Church. Peter enjoyed reading,  cooking, woodworking and pottery.
He is survived by his wife, Barbara Van Kleek of Berthoud, his three daughters: Laura Leopold (Richard) of Valencia, California, Jennifer Van Kleek of Boulder, Co. and Erica Zimmerman of Boulder, Co.; his grandchildren, Megan and Shannon Leopold, Noah and Zoey Zimmerman, and his sister Jean Pettigrew of Tryon, North Carolina.
A Memorial service will take place at 10 a.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the First Presbyterian Church in Berthoud.
Memorial contributions may be made in Peter’s name to your local public library or to the Hospice of your choice.
Friends may leave condolences for the family at

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