Robert "Robbie" Klum

  • Born: January 8, 1944
  • Died: April 15, 2016
  • Location: Centerville, Iowa

Lange Funeral Home & Crematory LLC

1900 South 18th Street
Centerville, IA 52544
Tel. (641) 856-2000

Tribute & Message From The Family

Robert "Robbie" Porter Klum, age 72 of Centerville, Iowa passed away Friday, April 15, 2016 at his home in Centerville, Iowa.

He was born January 8, 1944 in Centerville, Iowa, the son of Ned and Mary (Robinson) Klum. Robbie attended school in Centerville from kindergarten through high school graduation. He also attended Centerville Junior College. Robbie later received both his undergraduate and master's degrees in Industrial Technology from Northeast Missouri State University.

Robbie taught in Agency, West Des Moines, Moulton, and Centerville. In retirement, he was a substitute instructor at Indian Hills Community College in Centerville. He always strived to help his students in the classroom and more importantly, he pushed them to be better individuals in life in general.

He had many interests, including: singing, boating, camping, flying and attending family events.

Robbie was preceded in death by his parents, Ned and Mary Klum; a brother, Laurance Lee Klum; and a niece, Lisa Zierke.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Klum of Centerville; a daughter, Kelli Klum (Rick) Waybill of Moulton; a son, James (Amber) Klum of Centerville; grandchildren, Mickie McKinley (Zack), Kiera and Kasen Klum; step grandchildren, Gage Ritz, Jessica Waybill, Michael Waybill, Avery Waybill, and DeEtta Waybill; two sisters, Kathy (Lawrence) Labertew of Salt Lake City, Utah and Jane (Ray) Cassatt of Centerville; a brother-in-law, Alan (Sharon) Boettcher of Moulton; several nieces and nephews; his dog, Jake; and napping buddy cat, Mocha.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 at the Orleans Church near Moulton, Iowa with Pastor Jerry Weller officiating. Burial will follow in the Oakland Cemetery, Centerville, Iowa. A visitation will take place at Lange Funeral Home and Crematory in Centerville, Iowa on Tuesday, April 19, 2016 from 12 PM- 7 PM, with the family greeting friends from 5-7 PM. Memorials have been established to an Industrial Technology College Scholarship (high school students planning on entering the industrial technology field) and may be mailed to Lange Funeral Home, 1900 S. 18th St., Centerville, Iowa, 52544. Condolences may be shared online at


Condolence & Memory Journal

So sorry that his family lost Robbie. He was a special friend of mine. I'll remember his beautiful smile and his wonderful sense of humor. As my classmate, we enjoyed vocal music together. Robbie had a beautiful tenor voice. He'll be missed. Mary Lee Scott Thielke Centerville Class of 1962

Posted by Mary Lee Scptt Thielke - Des Moines, IA - Friend   April 27, 2016

To Nancy and family we were so sorry to hear of your loss Robbie with his big heart and big smile gave to and touched so many young
lives. Leon remember singing with him in groups at school and the times we all worked on projects together God bless you and your family during this time of healing. sorry we weren't there. We are up at our church campground in Northwest Iowa right now leon doing volunteer work to ready for the upcoming camping season

Posted by MRtha Thamke - Centerville, IA   April 21, 2016

So terribly sorry to hear of Robbie's passing. He was always one of the good guys. He was kind, generous, & a great personality. I will always remember him as the Indian Chief on our cheerleading squad. I send my deepest sympathy to the family.

Posted by Dana Little Johnson - Tecumseh, NE - Classmate   April 20, 2016

Sorry Nancy to here about Robbie he will be missed. He was a classmate of mine.

Posted by John Huffman - Centerville, IA - Friend   April 18, 2016

Robbie was our school bus driver back in 1963 when I was a high school freshman, living south of Mystic. I remember a day in November when I got on the bus for the ride home. Robbie had tears running down his cheeks; it was the day President Kennedy died.

Posted by Eric Davis - Camdenton, MO - Acquaintance   April 18, 2016

Robbie grew up just down the street from where my grandparents lived in Centerville. They were friends with Mary and Ned. Robbie had such a great personality. I am so very sorry for your loss.

Posted by Debby Wood Murphy - Charlotte, NC - Friend   April 17, 2016

Nancy and Family,
What a shock when Jane called and told us that Robbie had passed away. Please know that you are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. Warm hugs! Ron and Karen

Posted by Ron and Karen Knudtson - Mason City, IA - Friend   April 17, 2016


Dear family - so sorry to learn of Robbie's passing. Please know I share your sorrow. May you find comfort in all your great memories. I attended school with Robbie from kindergarten through fourth grade. When I returned to Centerville in 1995 our paths crossed again as school employees. Robbie was one of a kind.

Posted by Karen Burns Mattly - Corydon - Classmate   April 16, 2016