Frank Munro Kleiler, 85, who retired from the Department of Labor in 1973 as a deputy assistant secretary, died Aug. 7 at Carematrix Nursing Home in Silver Spring after a stroke.
Mr. Kleiler joined the Department of Labor in 1960. His career included service as chairman of an interdepartmental task force that drafted proposals that ultimately resulted in the Employment Retirement Income Security Act. He also had been a bureau director administering major portions of the Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act and the Welfare and Pension Plans Disclosure Act.
Mr. Kleiler, a resident of Silver Spring, was born in Green Bay, Wis. He graduated from Antioch College. In 1935, he moved to the Washington area and became a reporter for the Evening Star newspaper.
Later he was a reporter for the Boston Herald, but he returned to Washington in 1937 and took a job with the National Mediation Board. He transferred to the National Labor Relations Board in 1939.
Mr. Kleiler was a field examiner in Cleveland, Indianapolis and Chicago, then director of the regional office in Pittsburgh.
Following the enactment of the Taft-Hartley Act in 1947, Mr. Kleiler headed a task force to recommend a reorganization of the NLRB, then became the board's executive secretary. During the Korean War, he was disputes director of the Wage Stabilization Board.
Later, he was detailed to the White House to work with government officials to avoid disputes that might interrupt war production. In 1953, he returned to the NLRB.
After his federal retirement, Mr. Kleiler was a part-time correspondent with Charles D. Spencer and Associates, publishers of Employee Benefit Plan Review and other publications. In 1974 and 1975 he led a team from the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service supervising tribal elections on the Oglalla Sioux Indian Reservation in Pine Ridge, S.D. He wrote a 1978 book, "Can We Afford Early Retirement?"
His wife, Frances Brezon Kleiler, died in 1982.
Survivors include two sons, David A. Kleiler Sr. of Brookline, Mass., and James R. Kleiler of Kensington; and two grandchildren.