FROM STAFF REPORTS
LLANO — After a year’s break, Harvey H. Klee finds himself right back in a role he’s served for a record-breaking number of years: the American Legion chaplain for Texas.
Following the 97th annual Convention of the American Legion, Department of Texas in Beaumont earlier in July, incoming department commander John McKinney appointed Klee to the chaplain position. He previously held the spot seven times (for one-year terms) making it the most in the legion’s 96-year history.
The Department of Texas includes 524 American Legion Posts and more than 60,000 members.
Klee is a member of the Frank Griggs American Legion Post 370 in Llano, where he holds the position of judge advocate, post S.A.L. adviser, hubmaster and webmaster.
As well as his American Legion affiliation, Klee is a member of the VFW Post 1037 in Marble Falls. But his activities and commitments stretch even deeper and further across the community. He holds the position of assistant chaplain for the State of Texas for the Chapel of Four Chaplains and is a chaplain for the Highland Lakes Honor Guard.
Klee founded the Texas Chaplains Association, for which he currently serves as president.
He is also the chaplain for Texas Boys State and has written a booklet to guide future Boys State chaplains. His writings also includes “A Chaplain’s Story, Manual and Guide,” which is now in its second edition.
Klee’s service continues through his church, Highland Lakes United Methodist Church, and other associations.
And if that doesn’t keep him busy, he and his wife, Suzanne, have 11 children, 15 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.