FLORENCE - Robert L. Klaes, 66, of North Maple Street, passed away unexpectedly Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014, in Kissimmee, Fla.
Born Sept. 29, 1947, in the Bronx, N.Y., he was the son of the late James G. and Virginia (Lee) Klaes. He was educated in local schools, a 1965 graduate of the former St. Michael's High School and later graduated from Springfield Technical Community College.
Bob was a Vietnam War veteran, earning the Bronze Star while serving in the U.S. Army with the 101st Airborne Division.
Bob worked at several area Waldbaums Foodmarts for 30 years, and later, at the Big Y in West Springfield for 10 years as the meat manager. He also worked at the Northampton Big Y.
He was an avid Yankees and Giants fan, loved coaching his kids, and enjoyed playing cards, golfing, and his monthly outing to J.P.'s. Bob was a tremendous cook, loved putting on feasts for his family and vacationing with his family. Bob was the perfect mix of strength and sensitivity, he was the type of husband parents would want their daughters to marry and the type of man that they would want their sons to become.
Bob is survived by his high school sweetheart and wife of 44 years, June (Willard) Klaes; his four children, Brian Klaes and his wife Mary of Amherst, Kate Klaes of Chicopee, Moira "Muffy" Murphy and her husband Ryan of Roslindale, and Brendan Klaes and his wife Kate of South Boston; his brother William Klaes of South Deerfield; his sister Rose Klaes of Hatfield; his grandchildren Jenna, Colin, Erin, Nolan, Shannon and Brady Klaes and Brooke and Robert Murphy; and several nieces and nephews.
Bob's Funeral will be Thursday at 9 a.m. from the Ahearn Funeral Home, 783 Bridge Road, Northampton, followed by a Liturgy of Christian Burial at 10 a.m. in the Annunciation Chapel of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish, 87 Beacon St., Florence. Burial with military honors will follow in St. Mary's Cemetery. Calling Hours are Wednesday from 4 to 7 p.m.
Donations in Bob's memory may be made to Shriner's Hospital, 320 Carew St., Springfield, MA 01104.
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Ahearn Funeral Home
783 Bridge Road
Northampton, MA 01060
Published in Daily Hampshire Gazette on Mar. 4, 2014