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Celebrating the life of
Col. Robert E. Kleber
July 07, 1935 - January 04, 2018
Services under the direction of:
Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
912-352-7200
  • Memorial Visitation
  • 4-6 PM - Monday, January 08, 2018
  • Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors, Hodgson Chapel
  • 7200 Hodgson Memorial Drive (Map)
    Savannah, Georgia 31406

  • 912-352-7200
  • Interment At A Later Date In Arlington National Cemetery

Bob Kleber was one of the best bosses I ever worked for while in the Army Medical Service Corps. We were together at Buzzard's Point in Washington, D.C. He was a true mentor. I worked in his personnel shop then became the Selection Board Secretariat where we really became close. Secretariat was a very high profile position. Then LTC Kelber, spent much one-on-one time with me teaching and guiding me along thru many sensitive selection board proceedings. I left for Baylor's Health Care Graduate Program after two tries to get in the program. A day I will never forget, LTC Kelber took me to lunch at Old Ebbit Grill. We sat at the bar across from Teddy Roosevelt's prized stuffed bear, drank a Martini, and he told me I was selected for the Baylor Program. I will always remember that moment and the heartfelt happiness Bob Kelber had for me. A true gentleman, a superb boss, and one GREAT PERSON. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to serve with him. Please let me know when the service is at Arlington - a well deserved honor for COL BOB! Peter B. Shaw, Colonel, US Army (retired).

Pete Shaw, San Antonio, TX

I am sorry for your loss Jehovah God has promised a resurrection hope for mankind Again I am sorry for your loss. please read John 5: 28,29 this scripture will give the family hope and strength, you can get more information on our web sight JW.org. Again I am sorry for your loss.

Cooper, Savannah, Ga

I'm so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in the scripture found at John 5:28,29. There Jehovah has made a promise that will soon be a reality. I hope this helps. For more information, please visit jw.org.

Kelly , ,

My deepest condolences to you and your family. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

Jessica Magana, Fort Worth, Texas

Leslie, sending my heart felt condolences to you and yours. I know the loss of your father is not easy to deal with. I'm sure your father would have been so proud of the strength you are displaying. Although I did not have the pleasure of meeting him, records show your father was an outstanding man. Praying for you as you face the days, weeks and months ahead. Peace and Blessings!

Serena Wright, Duncanville, TX

Take comfort in knowing your beloved's spirit lives on through each of you, and he is now your guardian angel. Sending you prayers of peace.

Emilie R. , Irving, TX

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Pam Reed

Pam Reed, Frisco, TX

I am so very sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one in death is very painful. May you cherish the wonderful memories you have of Col Kleber and find comfort in the words found at Isaiah 41:10 where Jehovah God says "Do not be afraid for I am with you. Do not be anxious for I am your God. I will fortify you , yes I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right had of righteousness."during this difficult time.

S. Love, Snellville, Ga

My condolences to the family sorry for your loss, in the book of Acts chapter 25 verse 8 it tells us that soon death will be done away with an gone forever. That is a time we all look forward too.

Kay F, Savannah, Ga

My condolences to the family on your loss and may you find comfort from Revelation 21:3,4. Please visit www.jw.org

Henry, , GA

So sorry for your loss. He fought a very long battle and is now at peace.

Grace & Jim McAleer, Savannah, GA

Dear Ruth- I was saddened to read of Bob's passing. I grew up in the house in back of his until HS graduation. My sympathy to you and your family. May he rest in peace and may you find comfort in your special memories. Marnee Walsh

Marnee Walsh, Winchester, MA

So sorry for your loss, Ruth. Bob was such a lovely man- he will be greatly missed. Love,Claudia Holzemer

Claudia Holzemer, Stratford, Ct

A kind gentle man who it was a honor to know.

Bill n Margaret mcGaffin, Mesquite, Nv

I remember the time when we all vacationed in Chatham. Bob and I were supposed to be attending Mass, instead we went down to the harbor just in time to see a child fall into the water. Thankfully someone jumped in right away and rescued him. Otherwise we would have had a hard time explaining our wet clothing when we were supposed to be in church. I hope Nana and Grammy will forgive us when we meet them at the pearly gates.

Flip, Lowell, Ma

The four of us go back a long time. We both married our high school sweethearts. Remember the double dates, miniature golf in the good weather and bowling in the bad? Then to 348 for cards and roast beef sandwichs. Bob always declined the roast beef and requested a mashed potato sandwich, never understood that. As Helena mentioned, he was the most welcoming host when the in-laws descended. How many round trips between S.F and Monterey, S. F. and wine country, Derwood and D.C.? Always with a smile and a tidbit of info about our destination. We will remember the good times. He will be missed and not forgotten.

Gena and Flip, Lowell, MA

I'm truly sorry for your loss. Jehovah is a God of comfort and offers it through his word the Bible. A scripture I always find encouraging in times like these is Isaiah 25:8. I hope this thought helps bring you some relief during this difficult time.

R.G, Savannah, Ga

We've been friends for almost 50 years and will be friends again in heaven. We're praying for the whole family. We know how much he will be missed.

Reney, George and Ellen Burns, Memphis, Tn

Ruth,Mark,Laurian,and Leslie, my arms are around you in our shared grief. I can hear you laughing and telling stories about your husband and father. Remembering how gracious and welcoming he always was with me makes me so proud he was my brother-in-law. Col. Kleber will be remembered lovingly as an officer who served his country and a gentleman. I will miss. All my love, YLS, Auntie Penny

Helena, Brewster, MA

Some of my earliest memories are of my dear Uncle Bob, riding me on his back, playing whatever game I pestered him into joining me in, telling me stories about growing up in the big house in Winchester. I'm so grateful he was a part of my life. He was one of those wonderful men who was both very strong and very kind, and also had a sense of humor you had to watch out for! I am immensely proud to have had him as an uncle, proud of all he did for his family and for his country. I'll miss him!

Kathleen Flanagan, Cincinnati , OH

One of my earliest memories of uncle Bob is of him showing me his train on the 3rd floor of the Oxford Street house. He had me convinced that he could talk to the train to make it go, stop and reverse by his command. Years later I realized he had connected an “electric eye” to the train and would move his foot to break the beam which in turn controlled train. He was a very smart guy and a great uncle. I will miss him very much.

Tom Flanagan , Reading, Ma

Dear Ruth And Family My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this dificult time.May Happy Family Memories Of times past bring comfort to you all Love Marcia

Marcia Crowley, Hudson,Nh,

COL (US Army Retired) Robert Eugene Kleber, aged 82, died on Thursday, January 4, 2018 at Candler Hospital, surrounded by family.  He died of complications of COPD, a condition he battled for 15 years.

He was born in Buffalo, New York in 1935, the youngest of 8 children to Edward Charles and Laurian Zettel Kleber.  The family moved to Massachusetts and was raised in Winchester where he met his wife Ruth Kleber.  A graduate of Boston College, he entered the service in 1958 under the ROTC program as a 2nd LT, Medical Service Corp.  Subsequent tours took him and his family to Texas, Oklahoma, Alaska, Washington D.C., Massachusetts and San Francisco.  He served in Vietnam.  His medals include Legion of Merit (10LC), Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal (10LC) and Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation.

After retirement, COL Kleber worked with his nephew, Ralph Champion at Sandfly Fine Wines in Savannah where he was known to all as Uncle Bobby or COL Bob.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Ruth, his son Mark, of Pooler, GA and his daughters and sons-in-law, Laurian and Jacques Marchand of North Andover, MA and Leslie and Gary Young of McKinney, TX, his grandchildren, Lia Marchand, Robert Young, Ross Marchand, Jay Marchand (Kassandra) and Cathleen Young and his great grandson William Jay.  He is also survived by his sister, Jane Champion, and numerous nieces and nephews, whom he kept in touch with through 5 year family reunions and facebook.

The family will receive friends for a memorial visitation from 4 pm until 6 pm Monday, January 8, 2018 at Fox & Weeks Funeral Directors. Hodgson Chapel.

Interment will be at a later date at Arlington National Cemetery, Washington D.C.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Savannah Humane Society and Salvation Army.

The family wishes to acknowledge Dr. Gifford Lorenz and his staff, Dr. Dolores Havilland.  Taley, and all of the caring nurses in the Brench Suite and 6th floor of Candler Hospital.

Please sign our on-line guest book at www.foxandweeks.com

 

 

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GUEST BOOK

Bob Kleber was one of the best bosses I ever worked for while in the Army Medical Service Corps. We were together at Buzzard's Point in Washington, D.C. He was a true mentor. I worked in his personnel shop then became the Selection Board Secretariat where we really became close. Secretariat was a very high profile position. Then LTC Kelber, spent much one-on-one time with me teaching and guiding me along thru many sensitive selection board proceedings. I left for Baylor's Health Care Graduate Program after two tries to get in the program. A day I will never forget, LTC Kelber took me to lunch at Old Ebbit Grill. We sat at the bar across from Teddy Roosevelt's prized stuffed bear, drank a Martini, and he told me I was selected for the Baylor Program. I will always remember that moment and the heartfelt happiness Bob Kelber had for me. A true gentleman, a superb boss, and one GREAT PERSON. I was blessed to have had the opportunity to serve with him. Please let me know when the service is at Arlington - a well deserved honor for COL BOB! Peter B. Shaw, Colonel, US Army (retired).

Pete Shaw, San Antonio, TX

I am sorry for your loss Jehovah God has promised a resurrection hope for mankind Again I am sorry for your loss. please read John 5: 28,29 this scripture will give the family hope and strength, you can get more information on our web sight JW.org. Again I am sorry for your loss.

Cooper, Savannah, Ga

I'm so sorry for your loss. Please find comfort in the scripture found at John 5:28,29. There Jehovah has made a promise that will soon be a reality. I hope this helps. For more information, please visit jw.org.

Kelly , ,

My deepest condolences to you and your family. May your heart and soul find peace and comfort.

Jessica Magana, Fort Worth, Texas

Leslie, sending my heart felt condolences to you and yours. I know the loss of your father is not easy to deal with. I'm sure your father would have been so proud of the strength you are displaying. Although I did not have the pleasure of meeting him, records show your father was an outstanding man. Praying for you as you face the days, weeks and months ahead. Peace and Blessings!

Serena Wright, Duncanville, TX

Take comfort in knowing your beloved's spirit lives on through each of you, and he is now your guardian angel. Sending you prayers of peace.

Emilie R. , Irving, TX

Candle tribute lit by Michele Goodiel — Texas

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart. Pam Reed

Pam Reed, Frisco, TX

Candle tribute lit by Tiffany Hendi — Texas

I am so very sorry for your loss. Losing a loved one in death is very painful. May you cherish the wonderful memories you have of Col Kleber and find comfort in the words found at Isaiah 41:10 where Jehovah God says "Do not be afraid for I am with you. Do not be anxious for I am your God. I will fortify you , yes I will help you, I will really hold on to you with my right had of righteousness."during this difficult time.

S. Love, Snellville, Ga

My condolences to the family sorry for your loss, in the book of Acts chapter 25 verse 8 it tells us that soon death will be done away with an gone forever. That is a time we all look forward too.

Kay F, Savannah, Ga

My condolences to the family on your loss and may you find comfort from Revelation 21:3,4. Please visit www.jw.org

Henry, , GA

So sorry for your loss. He fought a very long battle and is now at peace.

Grace & Jim McAleer, Savannah, GA

Dear Ruth- I was saddened to read of Bob's passing. I grew up in the house in back of his until HS graduation. My sympathy to you and your family. May he rest in peace and may you find comfort in your special memories. Marnee Walsh

Marnee Walsh, Winchester, MA

So sorry for your loss, Ruth. Bob was such a lovely man- he will be greatly missed. Love,Claudia Holzemer

Claudia Holzemer, Stratford, Ct

A kind gentle man who it was a honor to know.

Bill n Margaret mcGaffin, Mesquite, Nv

Candle tribute lit by Helen & Al Reimer — New Jersey

I remember the time when we all vacationed in Chatham. Bob and I were supposed to be attending Mass, instead we went down to the harbor just in time to see a child fall into the water. Thankfully someone jumped in right away and rescued him. Otherwise we would have had a hard time explaining our wet clothing when we were supposed to be in church. I hope Nana and Grammy will forgive us when we meet them at the pearly gates.

Flip, Lowell, Ma

The four of us go back a long time. We both married our high school sweethearts. Remember the double dates, miniature golf in the good weather and bowling in the bad? Then to 348 for cards and roast beef sandwichs. Bob always declined the roast beef and requested a mashed potato sandwich, never understood that. As Helena mentioned, he was the most welcoming host when the in-laws descended. How many round trips between S.F and Monterey, S. F. and wine country, Derwood and D.C.? Always with a smile and a tidbit of info about our destination. We will remember the good times. He will be missed and not forgotten.

Gena and Flip, Lowell, MA

Candle tribute lit by Bill, Ellen Lutes — Georgia

I'm truly sorry for your loss. Jehovah is a God of comfort and offers it through his word the Bible. A scripture I always find encouraging in times like these is Isaiah 25:8. I hope this thought helps bring you some relief during this difficult time.

R.G, Savannah, Ga

We've been friends for almost 50 years and will be friends again in heaven. We're praying for the whole family. We know how much he will be missed.

Reney, George and Ellen Burns, Memphis, Tn

Ruth,Mark,Laurian,and Leslie, my arms are around you in our shared grief. I can hear you laughing and telling stories about your husband and father. Remembering how gracious and welcoming he always was with me makes me so proud he was my brother-in-law. Col. Kleber will be remembered lovingly as an officer who served his country and a gentleman. I will miss. All my love, YLS, Auntie Penny

Helena, Brewster, MA

Some of my earliest memories are of my dear Uncle Bob, riding me on his back, playing whatever game I pestered him into joining me in, telling me stories about growing up in the big house in Winchester. I'm so grateful he was a part of my life. He was one of those wonderful men who was both very strong and very kind, and also had a sense of humor you had to watch out for! I am immensely proud to have had him as an uncle, proud of all he did for his family and for his country. I'll miss him!

Kathleen Flanagan, Cincinnati , OH

One of my earliest memories of uncle Bob is of him showing me his train on the 3rd floor of the Oxford Street house. He had me convinced that he could talk to the train to make it go, stop and reverse by his command. Years later I realized he had connected an “electric eye” to the train and would move his foot to break the beam which in turn controlled train. He was a very smart guy and a great uncle. I will miss him very much.

Tom Flanagan , Reading, Ma

Dear Ruth And Family My thoughts and prayers are with you all in this dificult time.May Happy Family Memories Of times past bring comfort to you all Love Marcia

Marcia Crowley, Hudson,Nh,


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