Robert C. Klekamp, Ph.D., of Lansford, and Cincinnati, Ohio, died on August 23 at St. Luke's Hospital, Fountain Hill. following many courageous years battling various illnesses. Throughout those years, he maintained an extraordinary sense of humor and acceptance. When leaving his company, everyone felt better than when they came. While he was a patient in cardiac rehab, he started "The Jolly Club." The aim was to have every member of rehab either tell a joke or listen to one, but not focus on their ailments. It became one of the highlights of the patients' treatment.
He was the husband of the former Rita Krajcirik of Lansford.
He retired in 1999 -- having worked as an extremely popular professor in the Graduate Program of Business Administration at Xavier University in Cincinnati. He graduated from Xavier High School in Cincinnati, earned an Industrial Engineering Degree from Ohio State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Cincinnati. Along with his responsibilities at Xavier University, he acted as a Management Consultant for such clients as General Motors, General Electric and various other Universities and Hospitals throughout the country and around the world. He also worked extensively with Dr. Deming, known for his seminal work in Quality Management in Industry. He co-authored three books: MANAGEMENT SCIENCE: A model formulation approach with computer applications, DECISION MAKING THROUGH OPERATIONS RESEARCH, and MANAGEMENT PRINCIPLES AND PRACTICES.
- They would have celebrated their twentieth wedding anniversary on January 30.
Dr. Klekamp served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict.
He was a member of St. Katharine Drexel parish.
He was an "adopted son" of Lansford and loved the small town comfort that he and Rita shared.
Along with his wife, he is survived by daughters Elizabeth Moore and Kathryn Wess and a son Matthew Klekamp. Even though he was their stepfather, he was loved by Rita's sons, Rick, Toby, and Rory McIntyre, and treated them as his own. He also is survived by nine grandchildren, two great-grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and four step-great-grandchildren. The little girls loved "taking care" of him and I was firmly told not to bother them when they were the caretakers. He was lovingly known as Poppi and Grandpa Bob. He also loved calling the little ones "POOPALI" and they reveled in that nickname. Those little ones sent a balloon to heaven with the writing
"DEAR GOD, PLEASE MAKE NANNY RITA FEEL BETTER!!!"
He was preceded in death by his parents, Norbert and Gertrude Klekamp of Cincinnati, his first wife, Joyce Sansone Klekamp, and sister Mary Joan (Klekamp) Goddard.
Along with his children and grandchildren, he is survived by brothers Attorney Donald Klekamp of Cincinnati and William Klekamp of Knoxville, Tennessee and the Bahamas. There are nieces, nephews, and their progeny too numerous to mention, who all felt a warmth and love for their Uncle.
Funeral service is on Friday, Aug. 29, 2014, at 2 p.m., from the Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home, 54 W. Fell St., Summit Hill, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 2:30 p.m. from St. Katharine Drexel Roman Catholic Church, Lansford. Calling hours are on Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. and Friday afternoon from 1:30-2 p.m. at the funeral home. Interment will be at the convenience of the family. Contributions in his name may be made to St. Katharine Drexel Parish or Xavier University. Arrangements are being handled by the Thomas J. Parambo Funeral Home of Summit Hill. Online Condolences may be signed at www.parambofh.com.
Lasting remembrance.... his favorite quote was "We are all God's children;" therefore he never had an angry word for anyone and always had a gentle spirit!
Lasting hope....may there be tennis, suntans, Meerschaum pipes, cigars and classical music in Heaven!!!
Written by his Forever Love: Rita
Published in Times News on Aug. 25, 2014