Robert E. “Bob” Kloenne

Jan. 18, 1927 — Dec. 30, 2014

Robert E. “Bob” Kloenne, 87, of Logansport, passed away at 5:22 a.m., Tuesday, Dec. 30, at St. Elizabeth East Hospital in Lafayette.

Born on Jan. 18, 1927, in Logansport, he was the son of the late Harry Kloenne and Mildred (Goltry) Emmons.

On Nov. 15, 1980, he married Betty M. Galbreath Markley.

He was a U.S. Army veteran serving in the Korean War where he drove for a Lt. Colonel.

Bob was a member of the bridge gang on the Pennsylvania Railroad. He fired the steam engines on the C&O Railroad and then was a fireman on the CSX Railroad where he retired in 1987 after 41 years of service. He and his wife Betty also formerly owned and operated Karen’s Tracks to Beauty and the Korner Shoppe Bridal for more than 25 years.

He was a member of the VFW #3790, American Legion Post #60, Hoosier Valley Railroad Museum, CSX Capitol Connections, United Transportation Union, C&O Historical Society, and the Railroad Club of Chicago. Bob lived and breathed all aspects of trains and he enjoyed sharing that same passion with his nephews, Doug and Jason. He also enjoyed his model train collection, attending auto races, visiting local fire departments and spending time with family and friends.

Survivors include his wife of 34 years Betty M. Kloenne of Logansport; stepdaughters: Sue [Len] Young of Winamac, Kathy [David] Webb of Mansfield, Tennessee, Karen [Timothy] Pratt of Logansport, and Carol Crist of Winamac; stepgrandchildren: Pierre [Becky] Young, Crystal Young, Tonia [Dick] Babb, Sonia [Jeff] Herrick, Tracy [Rick] Bobbitt, Cassia J. [Jason] Duke, Monika Webb, Christopher [Misty] Wade, Ambyr Wade, and Cara [Josh] Dauenhauer; nephews: Doug Kloenne of Peru and Greg Kloenne of Kokomo; and 21 great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents Harry Kloenne and Mildred (Goltry) Emmons; brothers: Ernest “Fred” Kloenne and Harry “Jr.” Kloenne; and stepson-in-law Rex Crist.

Visitation was 4-8 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 3, at Marocco-Rans Funeral Chapel. Services were at 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 4, at Marocco-Rans Funeral Chapel. Pastor Rex Lamb officiated. Burial with military rites was performed at Winamac Cemetery.

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