Ronald Gene Klamer

Ronald Gene Klamer

Ronald Gene Klamer

June 12, 1951 – May 11, 2020

Ronald “Ron” Gene Klamer transitioned from this earthly life on May 11, 2020, in Hertford, NC, with his family by his side.

Ron was born June 12, 1951, to Bob and Lillian Klamer.  He grew up in New York, and when Ron was 18, his family relocated to Phoenix, Arizona.  He proudly served in the U.S. Army for two years.  Ron met Lauren 46 years ago, and they were married shortly thereafter. Their many years together created a beautiful family. They have two wonderful children, Jessica, and Tim.  The family relocated in 1996 to Wendell, North Carolina.

Ron’s easy going and pleasant nature made people naturally gravitate toward him. He truly never met a stranger. Ron adored spending time with his family, particularly his wife, children, and grandchildren. Regular family gatherings were a wonderful past time; whether it was cooking outside on the grill, or cozying up by the fireplace.  He was happy so long as his family was there.

Ron had a lifelong passion for working with his hands. Anything that was ever broken, he could fix. He enjoyed motorcycles, home improvement projects, and woodworking.  Ron’s love for mechanics was so great, that he and his son, Tim, created Darkhorse Cycles, a business building and selling motorcycles.  Ron truly enjoyed waking up each day and working side by side with Tim.  They were so close, they were best friends.  Ron’s customers loved him and called him Pops. He was most at peace when he was in their shop, working on solving a mechanical issue. Persistence was one of his strong virtues, as he would not give up until it was fixed.

Ron is survived by his mother, Lillian Klamer; his wife, Lauren Summers; his two children, Jessica Klamer and Tim Klamer; three granddaughters, Destiny Klamer, Olivia Vines, and Mallory Klamer; and a great grandson, Cayden Klamer.

You are forever with us wherever we are – we all love you so much!

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital or Shriner’s Hospital

Ron’s celebration of life will be Saturday, June 6, 2020, 2 pm, Strickland Funeral Home & Crematory Chapel, 211 W. Third St. Wendell, NC, 27591.  The service will be viewable via at 5 pm.


  • Lauren Summers Posted May 18, 2020 9:50 pm

    My husband and my best friend –you are forever with me. Love and miss you so much.

    • Kathleen Davies Eckerd Posted September 3, 2020 5:41 pm

      Hi Lauren, this is Kathleen, from the old neighborhood. So sorry and my condolences to you and your family. I just happened to find an old address book and thought I’d see if I could find you on Facebook, that’s how I found your husband had passed. I’d love to hear from you.

  • Jessica Klamer Posted May 19, 2020 6:03 pm

    You will be missed more than words could ever describe.
    Your memories and love will be carried on forever in our hearts. I am so blessed to have you as my Dad.
    Rest In Peace Dad.
    Love Always,

  • Ronnie Baker Posted May 28, 2020 2:48 pm

    In the short time that I knew and talked to Ron he became a great friend to hang out with hang when I bring my bike down to let him work on it wish I could have meet him along time ago Ron will be truly missed in my heart and my wife a well we r praying for your family

  • Dave Sherwood Posted May 28, 2020 3:39 pm

    Truly a great guy gone to soon! RIP Ron!

  • Tamara hill Posted May 28, 2020 6:28 pm

    So so sorry for the. Family loss at this time jessica spoke so highly of her father blessings and peace be with the family in the hard times ahead keep his memories a live and continue in being a strong familyh❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Dan Lynch Posted June 4, 2020 7:06 pm

    Worked with Ron for several years, excellent person. So sorry to hear

  • Janice Posted September 15, 2020 4:05 pm

    Dear Lauren and Family, I am so sorry to hear the news of Ron’s passing. There is nothing worse than losing your soul mate. I remember vividly when Dan Geary died. I did not know Ron very well, but what I do remember him as very easy going and I always knew the live between was very strong. If your ever this way please look us up. Your in my thoughts and prayers. ❤️

  • Ron Morice Posted September 24, 2020 5:00 pm

    Very sorry to hear of Ron’s passing. I worked under him with the city of Phoenix Water Dept. Always thought of him as a level headed supervisor with the passion of restoring his Jagujar along with the love of his children.

  • Sandy Hunt Posted February 20, 2021 9:47 am

    I thought of you guys this morning and wondered how Ron was. I’m so sad to find out he passed. So sorry for your families loss. this tribute is so accurate ! He was so good at everything he did and so kind. ❤️

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