My sister and I both enjoyed Mr. Klene's class. His love of law inspired me to become involved in the legal field as a law firm administrator for many years. His passion for teaching and the students was unsurpassed. Mrs. Klene, I am deeply sorry for your family's loss. Lawrence Twp lost a great leader with his passing.
Ron Klene was a loving husband and father, a well-respected teacher and Social Studies Department Chairman and a loyal friend. Ron truly appreciated the unique qualities of each of his family members: Lana's dedication to family, Carrie's tenacity, Eddie's resourcefulness and Matt's independence, to name a few. Ron's love of family members was revealed in his many stories about each of them. He compelled his students to try harder through his love of knowledge. His keen sense of social justice inspired both his students and department members. Ron was deeply immersed in his religion and the law, but he also learned to live in the moment and appreciate simplicity. Ron enjoyed many friendships because of his natural curiosity, attentiveness to detail, nonjudgmental attitude, dry wit and lightly self-deprecating humor. When I think of Ron, I will picture his smile, sense his enthusiasm about some important issue and hear his laugh, recapturing the moments he, Lana, Bob and I spent going on excursions, celebrating holidays and trying new cuisine.
We lost a true friend. (See "Death is Nothing at All," an Irish funeral prayer by Canon Henry Scott-Holland, Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral 1847-1918).
My dad was the one who would know me before I would know myself and deeply challenge me because he knew he could. I feel fortunate to have as my father someone so respected and loved but deeply saddened to have lost his presence now and in the future. I wasn't ready and now I've lost my guidance to get me through this challenge.
Ron Klene was solely responsible for giving me my first teaching job at LN. He saw something in my then and now 23 years later I still am grateful not just for my start in education but for the example that he set and for the many times that he fought for me as a young teacher. His example of standing up for what you believe in and of putting the kids first still impact my teaching today. Thanks Ron. Our prayers are with you and Lana.
My sincere sympathy to the Klene Family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Wish I had met Ron, he seemed to be a wonderful and amazing person and was my cousin.
Lana, I just found out about Ron. He was a really nice guy...always smiling. I'm sorry I didn't attend the services..Had I known, I would have definitely come. My sympathy to you, Matt, and all your family.
Jo Anne Bell
I remember my days in Mr. Klene's class so well! Great conversations and debates about topics that I didn't really know a lot about until Mr. Klene introduced them to us! A great man who will be missed ! Mrs. Klene, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!
A friend, a colleague, a kind compassionate man Remembering Ron
I haven't seen Ron for years. We were across the street neighbors and I can remember summertime parties and dancing in the back yard with him and his sisters as well as being classmates in the GHS class of '59. Fond memories of a really nice guy.
Prayers and thoughts go out to Mr. Klene's family and friends!
Lana, it has been a long time since I last saw you both, but I wanted to let you know how I admired Ron, and really appreciated his wit and dedication to teaching and the future of education. I know he will be missed by all his family, friends, his community, and the many, many lives he touched.
Lana and family, I am so sorry for your loss. Ron will be missed. Shirley Brown Greensburg, IN
I remember seeing Mr. Klene walking down the halls with students for no reason in particular... Just to talk.. He was an amazing teacher and everyone wanted to take his classes because he was so different. He will be sorely missed. Prayers for the klene family and friends.
Ron was a great man, respected educator, and friend. Looking back on my twenty years in education, Ron Klene was certainly one of my mentors that took me under his wing. He taught me and many other rookie teachers what it means to be a true professional educator. His contributions to Lawrence North High School and the education community are numerous and will not be forgotten. Thoughts and prayers to the Klene family. His legacy will be long lasting.
Mr. Klene pushed me to excel beyond my own belief in myself. He saw the potential in his students and expected nothing but their best. He and his wife were so important to me during my time at LN. Thank you for your service to children. As I now have my own 3, I have realized even more what a blessing it was to call you teacher.
He was more than a mentor to me. He was a father figure who taught me how to correctly pronounce English. He taught me to be always happy and to try my best. And best of all, he knew how to throw fuel into the fire within me. I thank him for all the support and trust invested in me for the past 30 years. Mr. Klene, I will miss you dearly.
Miss you, Mr. Klene. You had been a true teacher, mentor, leader, uncle and God Father. Thank you for having been always there for me. I am greatly indebted to you. God bless you and rest in peace. You shall always live in my memories and heart. Truly missing you~
Lana and family - All of us who think of Ron as a wonderful and inspiring teacher are mourning with you. His wisdom and inspirations live on in thousands of ways in his many students and admirers and in you. I feel very fortunate to have met Rom and benefitted by his bright light which now shines from a Heavenly high. Of course, he always was a star. God Bless him for shining on all of us.
I hope you will remember me (from St V's?).
It's been a long time but you and Ron still hold a place in my heart.
I send to you my most heart-felt condolences.
1 Peter 1:2-9
Thank you for the inspiration Mr. Klene.
Thoughts and prayers to you Lana, and family. I just saw this tonight. Ron was a great guy and loved education. He will be missed. God bless.
Brian, Faye, Erin and Evan Duffey
My deepest sympathy to the Klene family. He made a real impact on my children. Praying for you comfort and strength
The teacher has passed. Class dismissed. And we have homework due in the morning. Rest assured, Ron, your passion lives. Thank you for giving us so much!
Were it not for Mr. Klene, I wouldn't be a lawyer today. No other teacher at LNHS ever inspired me--even when I was at my worst.
So sorry to hear of Ron's passing. I loved him as my teacher at Lawrence Central and then as a teacher leader when I joined the Lawrence Education Association as a new teacher in 1974. Ron and I were delegates together in LA for the NEA convention. I will always remember him riding the BUS from Indy to LA to save money! He had some great stories to tell and was a great mentor at that convention, showing me all the diffent ways to get involved in my new profession. I always loved his laugh and jokes he told in class as a student and as a fellow staff member later. He touch so many young people, he will me missed by family and friends for sure.
Ron, you were my favorite teacher and a mentor later as a staff member in the Lawrence Township teachers Association. I have fond memories traveling to LA as one of the two delegates to the NEA convention. I was only a second year teacher and you showed me the ropes during the convention. I always felt fortunate that I got to know you as a friend as well as a former student. Rest in Peace, and know you touched many more lives that mine I am sure.
Mr. Klene's passionate teaching played a major role in my decision to pursue a career in history. He touched so many lives and I am truly grateful that I am one of them. My sincere sympathy to his family.
Ron will be greatly missed by all at St. John's. He will be remembered as a gentle, friendly, helpful and prayerful man.
Something I told Ron recently...
"Good friends are a treasured gift in this life time, they are far and few and you have been a wonderful friend to me and very supportive in both good times and bad...When we face difficult times, it always helps to have a guiding light, a glimmer of hope that things will get better."
Ron has always been that kind of friend to me and I will miss him always...
Mr. Klene was one of my favorite teachers at Lawrence North High School. He was a great educator and mentor who inspired his students to excel. Twenty years later I still remember him fondly and the impression he made on me as a student to reach my fullest potential. My thoughts and prayers are with the Klene family.
Lisa Carraro Johnston (New York, NY)
Dear Ronnie, I will miss you and your great smile, big laugh, and jokes you always had for me and my cousin when you saw us a St John's. Please rest in peace our dear friend. We'll miss you dearly.
Ron always had a smile.A super nice guy.
Thoughts and prayers to all of the family.
The Hash Family
Thank you Mr. Klene for being a wonderful teacher in high school. Our prayers are with the Klene family.
I, like so many others, have fond memories of Mr. Klene and his Constitutional Law class. I'll always remember his passion for teaching, and his willingness to push his students to strive for greatness. He truly was one of the best.
I lost my best friend Thursday night. I know what I feel pales in comparison to the loss Lana, Matt, Eddie, Harriet, Michael, and others whom I do not know have, but I feel lost without him. I know we all have to go on, but my life would not have been the same without Ron and it won't be ever again.
Mr. Klene (I can't call him anything else, lol) was one of my teachers @ LN. He was a great educator and thought quite a bit of him. Mrs. Klene, I remember you too :) Very sorry to hear of his passing. Thoughts and prayers for all of you in the family.
He was one of my teachers senior year of high school. He was an excellent teacher and I have fond memories of him. My condolences to his family.
I am so sorry to hear that Ron passed away. Worked with him for many years at Lawrence North. He was a great teacher and I will always remember his laugh. Praying that God will comfort you and give you peace during this time.
Ron was like a father to me as well as a faithful colleague at Lawrence North. He was supportive of all my Technology endeavors and always willing to lend a hand. He always gave his time over and over to his fellow teachers and students and was a true friend.
My deepest sympathies go out to you, Carrie, Ed and Matt. I sent out many prayers. I know Wendell loved him as a son and will greatly miss him. My heartfelt condolences go out to the entire Hunsucker family.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the Klene family. Mr Klene played an integral part in our son Brandon choosing Wabash College over five years ago. I'm so glad we had the opportunity to know meet him at LN's top 40 event.
I know that he was an inspiration to many students at Lawrence North High School.
"Blessed are they that mourn: for they shall be comforted" Matthew 5:4
With heartfelt sympathy,