Reuben Klammer, 103

Reuben George Klammer, age 103, of Palos Verdes Estates, CA, passed away peacefully at home Jan. 19, 2021.

He was the seventh child, born Sept. 22, 1917, on the George Klammer Homestead Farm. He attended Corey Country Schoolhouse, and then halfway through the grades, transferred to the Lutheran parochial school in Howard Lake, MN.

Reuben was confirmed at 13-1/2 years old at the St. James Lutheran Church, March 1931. He received his diploma from Howard Lake High School, May 29, 1936.

Reuben attended Hamline University, transferring in 1938 to University of Minnesota. He said, “Upon graduating as an aeronautical engineer in June 1942, I immediately reported for active duty as a commissioned officer with the rank of ensign, and left for East Hartford, CT. After completing the two month aircraft engine course, I was reassigned to Pearl Harbor, HI.”

After World War II, he worked for Civil Service and Northrop Aircraft.

Reuben and Doris were united in marriage, Sept. 2, 1947 at University Lutheran Church in Seattle, WA, by Clinton Ostrander. They raised a family of three children in Lunada Bay: Marcia, Roger, and Bob.

Reuben had a successful military career with the Armed Forces, and continued his service in the Naval Reserve until 1977, retiring with the rank of captain. He worked for 31 years at Hughes Aircraft, retiring in 1985 as manager of technical staff development.

He had many areas of interest. His favorite was flying; achieving commercial pilot and instructor ratings. Reuben loved soaring in his high-performance sailplane, and made record flights for altitude and distance. He gave sailplane rides to more than 900 people.

Reuben was a member of Resurrection Lutheran Church, University of Minnesota Alumni Association, American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, Military Officers Association of America, Soaring Society of America, and Palos Verdes Breakfast Club.

He also enjoyed traveling and sharing activities with the family.

Reuben is survived by three children, Marcia Messenger (Klammer) and husband, David Messenger of Penn Valley, CA; Roger Klammer and wife, Diane Klammer (Nelson) of Boulder, CO, Bob Klammer and wife, Kathy Klammer (Van Heukelem) of Santa Barbara, CA; six grandchildren, Dan Messenger, Michael Messenger, Aaron Klammer, Audrey Klammer, Ryan Klammer, and Lauren Klammer; twin-great granddaughter’s, Abigail Messenger, Vivien Messenger; and many nieces and nephews.

Reuben was preceded in death by his parents, George and Mary Klammer; wife, Doris Kathleen Klammer (Johnson); and brothers and sisters, Erwin Klammer, Elmer Klammer, Clara Sophia Luhman (Klammer), Edwin Klammer, Eleanor Wandersee (Klammer), and Alfred Klammer.

Please join Reuben Klammer’s celebration of life: https://youtu.be/F5LHfsZnF4c?t=115.

Captain Reuben Klammer, USNR, husband of Doris Klammer was laid to rest at Riverside National Cemetery.

Arrangements were by Neptune Society.

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