Posted 1/20/15 (Tue)
Paul John Klamm was born March 10, 1954, to John and Beth (Lorraine) Klamm, in Watford City, N.D. He attended Johnson Corners Public School through 4th grade and completed the rest of his schooling at Watford City High School, graduating in 1972. Paul participated in cross country, basketball and track.
He attended college for three years at Bethany Nazarene in Oklahoma. He then returned to North Dakota; and in 1976, he took over the family farm. He continued ranching until 2014, when he semi-retired, spending winters in Arizona.
Paul married Connie Johnson on Oct. 12, 1979, in Timber Lake, S.D., at the Unitied Parish Church. They had three children, John (JP), Travis, and Mandy.
Paul was a member of Johnson Corners Wesleyan Church. He served on several boards: Johnson Corners Wesleyan Church, Johnson Corners Christian Academy, McKenzie County Farm Bureau, and McKenzie County Hospital.
Paul loved a challenge. He loved raising cattle and haying. His favorite thing was to look over a field full of hay bales or cattle.
He lived life to the fullest. Whatever he did, he did it 100 percent, whether it was sports, work, or playing games. He never looked back and always was optimistic. When his wife would get concerned or worried, he would always say, “It’ll be fine!”
He was a good mentor. He trained many teenagers how to be good hired men. His own children would credit their dad for teaching them good work etiquettes and for their success at other jobs.
Paul was a kind, caring, and humble man. He loved spending time with family and friends. He especially loved his grandkids. He enjoyed taking his oldest grandson along when feeding the cattle. He lived by example and will be greatly missed.
Paul died on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2015 in Chandler, Ariz. He is survived by his wife, Connie, of 35 years; two sons, John (fiancée Danielle “Nellie” Baye) Klamm, Travis (Danielle) Klamm; one daughter, Mandy (Shaun) Rink; six grandchildren, Makayla, John, and Levi Klamm, and Jacob, Brianna, and Aria Rink. His 92-year-old mother, Beth “Lorraine” Klamm; one sister, Resa (Robert) Hanneman; several brothers and sister-in-laws; nieces and nephews; and lifetime friends, Mark and Janice Koeser.
He was preceded in death by his father, John Klamm; and his maternal and paternal grandparents.
Funeral services for Paul Klamm, 60, of Watford City, N.D., were held at 10 a.m., on Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, at the Assembly of God Church in Watford City with Pastor Adrian Timmons officiating.
Interment was in Johnson Corners Cemetery in Johnson Corners, N.D., under the direction of Fulkerson Funeral Home of Watford City.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Johnson Corners Wesleyan Church and Johnson Corners Christian Academy. Remembrances, condolences, and pictures may be shared with the family at www.fulkersons.com.