Robert T. Klamm, 74, of Burnsville and Webster, MN, Vienna, VA, Pasadena, MD and most recently Grayson, GA, passed away peacefully on Sunday, September 3, 2023 at the Mayo Clinic Hospital in Rochester, MN. He was surrounded by his loved ones.
Information regarding any services to celebrate his life will be distributed at a later date.
Robert's (aka Bob or "RT") journey began in St. Paul, MN in 1947. He called many towns home over the years, leaving his mark on the hearts of everyone he met. The details of his many accomplishments and adventures in life could never be described succinctly. A brief review includes his youthful endeavors as a farm hand, a thespian, student of the ministry, a soldier in Vietnam, a farrier, a hobby farmer, a master pipe fitter, the CEO of Klamm Mechanical, a Rodeo hand, Santa, and a Low Budget Tours founder.
He went on to become a Chief of Staff for the Analysis Corporation in VA, one half of the "Bob and Ceal" show, a captain of the boat "The Magical Affinity", a Marco Island regular, a world traveler, a Chesapeake Bay angler, a k-9 keeper to Oreo, an artist of many mediums including the written word and unforgettable artistic party platters and most recently an aspiring retiree in Georgia.
Throughout his life, his loved ones were his pride and joy. He was deeply proud of each of his children and grandchildren for the beautiful individuals they became, and held continued gratitude to his children's mother, Bonnie Klamm. He made fast and strong friendships wherever he went, and those friendships were truly valued and fulfilling throughout his life. His partner in all things for the last 20+ years has been Cecilia Hayes. Together they built dreams, took adventures, made memories and shared the burdens and joys of this life and an eternal love.
There are many ways to say it: He was unforgettable. He broke the mold. He was one of a kind. Indeed, Robert was unconventional in every way. For him, rules were merely suggestions, and suggestions were optional. He could effortlessly turn the most mundane of days into an unforgettable adventure. On each adventure he always brought home photos, gifts and stories that he shared freely. He was "over the top" in everything - his style, his words, his thoughtful gifts, his humor, but mostly with his generosity. He was generous with his expression of love, his time to be supportive, his skills to fix anything, and his efforts to show up for his loved ones. His funny antics and infectious laugh will always be remembered. His presence will be deeply missed.
He is survived by his partner in all things; Cecilia Hayes; the mother of his children Bonnie Klamm, his children; Kandi Klamm (Jason Malm), Theodore (Stephanie) Klamm, Russell Klamm, Syndi (Eric) Raiber, his grandchildren; Wynn, Evelynn and Willa Klamm, Jackson Klamm, Peyton Knisley-Raiber and Presley Raiber; Cecilia's children: Michael (Erin) Michalek and his children with Mary Michalek, Jodi Dearman and her children, his siblings; Edward Jr. (Linda) Klamm, Karen (Richard) Elander, Joy (Keith) Bester, Jill (Richard) Anderson, Joseph D. Klamm, Daniel M. (Michelle) Klamm, numerous nieces and nephews as well as other relatives and countless fantastic neighbors and dear friends across the globe.
He was preceded in death by parents; Edward Sr. and Elaine Klamm, son Jacob Klamm, brother James Klamm; his niece & godchild Amanda Klamm and her daughter Lillian.
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Gifts can be made in his honor to Penn-Mar Human Services, a charity he supported for many years. Please follow the link below and click the box "Yes, this is an honor or memorial gift." And note Klamm Family with address 10 E Hanson St Litchfield MN as the Notification Recipient.
In lieu of flowers or trees, donations can be made to Penn-mar.