Bob Kleymeyer

Bob and Sandee Kleymeyer

Bob – born in Evansville to Ruth and Clifford Kleymeyer. Older brothers – Cliff & Chuck. The youngest of nine first cousins directly descending from Henry Charles Kleymeyer- age gap of 26 years between Doris (1921) and Bob (1947).

Sandee – born in Albany, New York in 1949 to Irene and John Starr. Sandee was raised in Flossmoor, IL, a southeast suburb of Chicago. Her mother is closing in on the century mark, having just turned 96. Sandee has a younger sister living in Fishers, IN.

I attended Dexter grade school and Bosse H.S. my freshman year. Graduated from Harrison in 1965. Last of three Kleymeyer brothers to attain the rank of Eagle Scout. Summer childhood months were spent at Camp Carson (YMCA), Camp Pahoka (Scout), and Culver Summer Naval School. Kick the can, baseball, dirt-clod fights, and various summer family cross-country road trips provided a lifetime of memories and parental grey hair! The Thanksgiving family feasts at Montgomery-Spence Tea Room near Henderson were not to be missed.

Following graduation from Indiana University in 1969, I served two years as an officer in U.S. Army. Became a third generation Kleymeyer to join Masonry and Shriners. Met Sandee at IU while obtaining an MBA. First job out of grad school was with Eli Lilly in St. Louis. Also, lived and worked in Nashville and Indianapolis. For seven years as a Lilly exec., I traveled frequently to Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Indonesia, China, Brazil and Columbia. Later in my life, I became a certified financial planner. We have lived in a brick house, naturally, in Carmel, IN since 1978. Proud parents of Amy (1979) and Matt (1982) and four grandchildren – Maren (2009), Sean (2012), Aiden

(2014), and Carter (2017). My dream retirement is to spend quality time as a doting grandparent, and to become a great-grandparent, something I never had the opportunity to witness as a child. In our leisure time Sandee and I are loyal season ticket holders to Indiana U. basketball/ football games and enjoy travel, having just returned from a steamboat cruise from New Orleans to Memphis. While on the riverboat I thought of great-grandfather, Heinrich Wilhelm

Kleymeyer. Emigrating from Germany in 1858 at age 17, HWK made his way up the Mighty Mississippi, to the Ohio and disembarked in Evansville, later settling in Henderson. If not for his courageous spirit, faith, ingenuity, and work ethic, one could only speculate where the Kleymeyer family descendants of today might be gathering. If there is one common denominator that our ancestors shared it is a calling for community service and benevolence. Very humbling!