Robert James "Bob" Klaas

Robert James “Bob” Klaas passed away at the age of 42 on March 28th, 2018 in Madison.  Born on January 9th, 1976 in Madison, he remained a proud Madison resident his entire life.   He graduated from Madison East High School in 1994 and from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1999, with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. 

Bob was always caring and had a servant’s heart.  He spent countless hours giving back and volunteering his time to help others.  He enjoyed deconstruction projects with Habitat for Humanity, and served his community at St. Paul’s food pantry, where he gained many friends and helped a lot of people.  He enjoyed being goofy with his niece and nephews where he was affectionately named “Ba Ba”.  He spent his free time playing cards with his family and friends, bowling, camping and playing darts.  Bob was an accomplished athlete and set the one year wrestling pin record at Madison East with 21 pins.

He is survived by his father, Richard Klaas; siblings, Stacy Klaas of Madison and Scott (Nicole) Klaas of New Berlin; his niece, Samantha and nephews, Benjamin & Liam.  In addition, Bob is survived by 14 aunts and uncles, 40 cousins and his cherished cats Calypso & Storm.   

Robert was preceded in death by his mother, Ardi Klaas, and grandparents, Orlin & Eldeen Klaas of Livingston, and Arthur & Evelyn Basthemer of Mount Horeb. 

A Celebration of Life will take place at 5 p.m. on Monday, April 2nd at St Paul’s Lutheran Church on 2126 N Sherman Ave, Madison 53704.  Visitation will take place from 3:00 p.m. until the time of service.  Dinner will immediately follow the service in the dinner hall at the church. 

We deeply thank the social workers and staff at Journey Mental Health (CTA), and in lieu of flowers, donations to Journey Mental Health in Robert’s name would be appreciated.  Online: and contact Brian Miller (direct): at 608-280-2682 (email:) or Mail: Attn Brian Miller 25 Kessel Ct, Madison, WI 53711.

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