Rodger C. Klamm Sr., 77, died peacefully Sunday afternoon November 3, 2019 with his family by his side. He was born in Racine on May 8, 1942, son of the late Karl and Shirley (nee: Nelson) Klamm.
On May 11, 1974, Rodger married the love of his life, Shirley A. Elliott, at First Methodist Church. He was a journeyman diesel mechanic for Leaseway and Saunders Trucking, and later was employed with the City of Racine Parks Department (member of Local Union 67) for 22 years until his retirement in 2003. He was a member of Faithbridge Methodist Church. In his spare time, he enjoyed fixing all things mechanical and rebuilding cars, tractors and trucks. Always the creative problem-solver, there was never a job too big.
Rodger was also an inventor, including an indestructible toilet paper dispenser for the City of Racine. He had a kind heart and generous nature, forever willing to lend a helping hand. Rodger enjoyed helping family and friends by using his many talents. Above all, he enjoyed time with his family. He is fondly remembered by his family and friends for his tremendous sense of humor, tireless work-ethic, and ability to roll with whatever life threw his way.
Rodger will be dearly missed by his loving wife of forty-five years, Shirley; children, Daryl Klamm, Rodger Klamm Jr., Kory (Kelly) Klamm, Tami (Aaron) Rich, Sherilyn Klamm; 10 grandchildren; 4 great-grandchildren; siblings, K. Jack (Monica) Klamm, JoAnn (Vince) Novak, Bruce (Anita) Klamm, Phillip (Mary Jo) Klamm, Linda Meshenky, Sharman (Robert) Hyatt, Connie (Robert) Sharp, Tom (Betty) Klamm; nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. In addition to his parents, Rodger was also preceded in death by his sister, Carol Chase.
Funeral services will be held at Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home, 803 Main Street, on Thursday at 12 p.m. Visitation from 10 a.m. until time of service at 12 p.m. Interment will follow at Holy Cross Cemetery, Kinzie Ave.
Please send condolences to Maresh-Meredith & Acklam Funeral Home.
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