James R. Klemp

PORTAGE  /  WAUSAU  --  James R. Klemp, age 67, of Tabor, South Dakota, passed away on Saturday, October 30, 2010 at Mount View Care Center in Wausau.

James was born on December 16, 1942 in Portage, the son of Russell and Betty (Schroeder) Klemp.  He proudly worked for United Parcel Service for 27 years.  James was an avid sportsman, loved the outdoors, hunting and fishing.  He especially loved blue gill fishing in Sylvania and pheasant hunting in South Dakota. 

He is survived by his children, Tammy (Mark) Ludgatis, Hudson, Michael Klemp, Rio, Rita (Chris) Rumbelow, Madison, Brenda (Scott) Kaufman, Rice Lake, and Douglas (Jen) Klemp, Yankton, SD;  his grandchildren, Jessica, Aaron, Michael and David Ludgatis, Tyler and Haley Klemp, Samantha and Kiersten Klemp, Sam and Anna Rumbelow, and Matthew Crotteau;  his former spouse, mother of his children and best friend, Pat Hamele;  three sisters, Judy (Mel) Jacobs, Escondido, CA, Darlene Davis, Lime Ridge, WI, and Sally (Gary) Halvensleben, Wausau;  his best friend and hunting partner, his dog, Mo;  many nieces, nephews, other relatives and close friends.  He was preceded in death by his parents, Russell and Betty, two brothers, Tom and Donald Allen, a very special fishing buddy and nephew, Eric Fichtel, and a niece, his god-daughter, Marcy Grosskruetz.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to his special daughter-in-law, Jen Klemp.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday, November 2, 2010 at the Pflanz Mantey Mendrala Funeral Home in Portage.  Inurnment will be private.  Visitation will be from 1:00 p.m. until the time of the service at 3:00 p.m. on Tuesday at the funeral Home.

The family suggests memorials may be made to the Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation, 636 Morris Turnpike, Suite 3A, Short Hills, NH  07078, for spinal cord research.




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