Robert Edmund Klaum, 77, recently of Port Orange, FL, passed away at his home on Sunday December 12th, 2021. He is survived by: his wife Donna Barrett Felkel Klaum; his son Scott Klaum and wife Krista Apple; his daughter Alison Klaum and husband Matthew Gomberg; Donna’s son Eric Felkel and wife Cynthia Vodopivec; and Donna’s daughter Amy Pineiro and husband Manny. Robert is also survived by his brothers Wayne Klaum, Thomas Klaum and wife Clare, sister-in-law Janet Klaum, eight grandchildren, and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his brother Jerry.
Born on May 28th, 1944, to Otto and Gladys Klaum of Johnstown, PA, Robert received a BA in English from Juniata College, an MA of Library Science from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MBA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1967-1970. After training at the Defense Language School in Monterey, CA, Robert was stationed in Kamiseya, Japan where he served as a Russian linguist and research analyst with the National Security Group. He settled in western Massachusetts, and raised his family in the Amherst and Shutesbury area.
Known to family and friends as a consummate “word man,” Robert put his language skills to use as an Assistant Editor for Book Review Digest (H.W. Wilson Publishing Company), and as a senior technical editor, writer, and project manager for HBOC/McKesson. He was a life-long fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pirates, and was proud to have a Bucco Brick at PNC Park. Robert loved playing word games with his family, doing crossword puzzles, tending his daylily garden, bird-watching, and photography. He will be remembered for his passionate interests, his sense of humor, and his quiet and steadfast love for his family.
Donations in Robert’s memory may be made to Juniata College, the Southern Poverty Law Center, and Halifax Health Hospice.