Carl Eugene KlammOctober 14th, 2020
Carl Eugene Klamm, 98, of Platte County, Mo.,(formerly of Jefferson City, Mo.), died Sunday, October 11, 2020, in Kansas City, where he had resided since February 2016. He was born June 15, 1922, near Parkville, Platte County, Missouri, a son of Fred and Nellie Keller Klamm. He grew up on the family farm of several hundred acres, near the current intersection of 64th Street and I-29 in Kansas City North. His great-grandfather, Simon Klamm, had settled with his family on this land in 1852, after immigrating from near Mannheim, Germany. After graduating from North Kansas City High School in 1940, Carl studied civil engineering at the University of Missouri-Columbia, where he received a BS in Civil Engineering in 1947. His college years were interrupted by service in World War II. While stationed at Camp Gruber in Oklahoma, and immediately before overseas duty, he met and married Billie E. Kile of Tulsa on Dec. 13, 1944. They were married over 62 years. Billie passed away January 11, 2007. Carl served as an Army First Lieutenant in the Philippines and Japan from 1945 to 1946. During the U.S. invasion and occupation of Japan, Carl was a forward observer in the Cebu mop-up operation and presided at the first firing of an American artillery battery in Japan, a target exercise on the slopes of Mt. Fujiyama. Carl was a civil engineer with the Missouri Highway Department (now Missouri Department of Transportation) from June 1947 to July 1986. While with MoDOT he served in a variety of capacities, including district highway engineer for District 9 in 1961, and for District 4, Kansas City, 1961-1964. In 1964, Carl was promoted to division director for highway construction, a position he held until 1972, when he became director of highway planning. From 1970 to 1972, he served as chairman of the Committee on Construction of Bridges for the National Research Council Highway Research Board. From 1984, until his retirement, he served as assistant to the chief engineer of MoDOT. He was a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers and the Missouri Society of Professional Engineers. In 2000 he was inducted into the Civil Engineering Academy of Distinguished Alumni at Missouri University. He was a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Jefferson City, where he had served as a deacon and an elder. He was a member of the American Legion and had been a licensed amateur (ham) radio operator. Survivors include three sons: Thomas E. Klamm and wife Katherine V. (Locke) of Colorado Springs, Colo.; Richard M. Klamm and wife Kristine K. (Wrinkle) of Madison, Miss.; and Kenneth R. Klamm, PhD, of Kansas City, Mo.; five grandchildren: Julie C. and spouse Max G. Wright of Colorado Springs, Colo. Jeni R. Batte of Castle Rock, Colo., Michael C. Klamm of Little Rock, Ark., Jason T. Klamm and spouse Melissa (Alsop) of Madison, Miss., and Matthew C. Klamm and spouse Tara (Kohlstaedt) of Bentonville, Ark.; nine great-grandchildren, Max and Luke Wright, Jackson and Thompson Batte, Kylie, Kinsley and Karinne Klamm, and Daniel T. and Caleb E. Klamm. He was preceded in death by his parents and two brothers, Irwin F. Klamm of Hemet, California; and Hubert E. Klamm of Amarillo, Texas and a brother-in-law, John P. Kile Sr., of Denver, Colo. A Graveside Service will be held at 1:00 p.m., Saturday, October 17, 2020, at East Slope Cemetery, Riverside, Mo. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions are suggested to the First Presbyterian Church Memorial Fund, 324 Madison St., Jefferson City, MO 65101. Arrangements are entrusted with Meyers Northland Chapel, Parkville, MO.