ROBERT W. KLENK
Robert Klenk, born in 1934, died on October 29, 2019. He was born in Sandusky, Ohio, to German immigrants. He loved playing high school football, worked at Lyman Boat Works, enjoyed boating on Lake Erie and got into a fair amount of mischief. Bob graduated from Sandusky High School in 1952. He got a bachelor’s degree from Ohio University in 1957, and a master’s degree in social work from Ohio State University in 1962. In between those degrees, he served his country in the Marine Corps.
He met his wife of 63 years, Eula Day of Frenchburg, Kentucky, in the summer of 1953 while she was working at Cedar Point. They were married in 1956. In 1965, Bob and Eula had their one and only daughter, Cynthia.
Bob worked many places and helped many people during his long career. He worked in prisons and hospitals, was a social worker at Boys Town of Missouri and taught college students at Western Kentucky University. He helped many through the mental health program in Huron County, Ohio, and helped get housing built for Down syndrome adults in Toledo. He spent most of his career as a social worker with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Toledo, helping countless veterans through their struggles with PTSD, and through their later years of life. He listened and helped many in his gentle, professional way.
Upon his retirement from the VA, he and Eula moved to Frenchburg, Kentucky, to build a new home. After a short time, he became director of the Post Clinic in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky, where he helped the residents of the area gain access to free healthcare. He stepped down in 2011 to focus on his high school aged grandsons.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Wilheim and Luise Klenk, and best friend, (who he considered his brother) Wayne Behrendsen. He is survived by his wife, Eula; daughter, Cynthia Klenk Luallen; son-in-law, William Luallen, and grandsons, Spencer and Mitchell Luallen.
Bob was an avid Buckeye fan and all-around sports fan, following the Cleveland Indians from a very early age. He was forced to be a Blue Jackets fan, as he really didn’t like hockey, and a became of fan of the Dayton Football Flyers, both thanks to those grandsons. The family will continue a celebration of his life, but no public service will be held. He would want all of us to spend the time helping a veteran, spending time with your own family or listening to and helping a friend with mental health issues.
Prost! Cheers! And Go Bucks!