Midland Man dies after being hit by lightning camping in Junction Texas

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“I’m going to miss playing guitar with him,” says friend Dan Varner 

A loving father, man of faith, adventure seeker, loyal volunteer and musician are just a few words friends used to describe Bob Klemme.

Larry Droll, St. Ann’s Parish Monsignor, says “he was the kind of a dad who could sit around on the floor and talk to kids about the deepest things, and at the same time, get up on the mountain and ski with them.”

What started out as a fun family camping trip quickly turned tragic as a storm rolled into Junction Texas Friday. That’s when lightning struck and killed Bob Klemme.

“Yeah he was, camping was just a right of passage with him and his whole family,” says Varner

Another friend, Andy Iverson says he finds comfort knowing he was having the time of his life.

“The good thing is that we know he had a great day. They spend the entire afternoon in the river.”

According to Varner the family knew a storm was coming and decided to come inside and take shelter; never thinking that would be the last moments with Klemme.

Accorning to Varner “he filled the room wherever he went.”

Not only a loss for his family and friends but the community as they mourn the loss of a mentor and avid volunteer of 11 years.

Monsignor Droll saying, “they immediately plunged into the life of our church community.”

Adding that he had a talent for guiding children in the youth programs at St. Ann’s and will be deeply missed.

“Our parish is really grieving and we will truly miss him.”

As for friends Iverson and Varner? They say they will miss his laugh and guidance but his legacy will live on through them and their volunteer work.


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