Donna Lee Klauman

January 13, 1949November 19, 2020

Donna Lee Klauman, age 71, of Columbus, Georgia passed away on Thursday, November 19, 2020. Services will be held at Feuerborn Family Funeral Service Chapel, 1883 US Highway 54, Iola, Kansas 66749, (620) 365-2948. A visitation of family and friends will be held on Friday, November, 27, 2020 from 12 noon until 1:30 pm, with a memorial service will follow at 2:00 pm.

Donna was born on January 13, 1949 in Xenia, Kansas; the daughter of Ernest Ridge and Ruth Elizabeth Sutterby Ridge. She was raised in the greater southeastern Kansas area and received her GED from Humboldt High School, in Humboldt, KS. Donna was married on July 15, 1967 to Elton “Ty” Klauman and they had 3 children. Donna was a very loving and caring person, it showed in the way she loved her husband, children, family, and those in her community that needed a helping hand, often putting others before her own needs. She retired as a Personal Care Attendant with Tri-Valley services and SRS (Social Rehab Services). Donna was a friendly person, she went out of her way to make others feel welcome and enjoyed socializing. The life of the party, well that was Donna, she enjoyed a good joke and cutting up with family and friends. Above all what Donna truly loved was her husband and family and the time they spent together.

Donna is preceded in death by father Ernest Ridge and mother Ruth Elizabeth Ridge; brother Jack Ridge; brother Larry Ridge and sister Wanda Clay.

Donna is survived by her husband of 53 years, Elton Klauman; son Galen Klauman (Dawn); son Mike Klauman (Lori); and daughter Melissa Klauman-Roberson (Don); sister Rhonda Riddle and brother Gary Ridge; grandson Austin Sonka, granddaughter Kayla Klauman, grandson Caleb Klauman, granddaughter Anna Klauman, step granddaughters Abigail and Lillian Hirt, step grandson Cory Roberson (Bethany), step great grandsons, Killian and Raylen Roberson.

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  • Elton Klauman, Husband of 53 years
  • Galen Klauman (Dawn), Son
  • Mike Klauman (Lori), Son
  • Melissa Klauman-Roberson (Don), Daughter
  • Kayla Klauman, Granddaughter
  • Anna Klauman, Granddaughter
  • Caleb Klauman, Grandson
  • Austin Sonka, Grandson
  • Abigail Hirt, Step-grandaughter
  • Lillian Hirt, Step-grandaughter
  • Cory Roberson (Bethany), Step-grandson
  • Killian Roberson, Step-grandson
  • Raylen Roberson, Step-grandson
  • Ernest Ridge, Father (deceased)
  • Ruth Elizabeth Ridge, Mother (deceased)
  • Rhonda Riddle, Sister
  • Gary Ridge, Brother
  • Jack Ridge, Brother (deceased)
  • Larry Ridge, Brother (deceased)
  • Wanda Clay, Sister (deceased)

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  • A Visitation of Family and Friends

    Friday, November 27, 2020

  • A Memorial Service

    Friday, November 27, 2020

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Linda Jo Crismas

November 22, 2020

So sorry to hear of Donna's passing. Deepest sympathy goes out to Ty , Galen, Mike and Melissa. So heartbroken, words are hard to come by at times like this. Loosing my dear friend of 56 years. We first met in 1964, Freshman year of high school and stayed friends all these years. We had many times we talked, laughed and cried together. She was a very giving and warm hearted person. Someone that would listen when you needed a friend, she was my best friend as I told her over the years, my forever friend. I'll sure miss her calling me "kid". She had often started our conversations with "kid". I'm so sorry. She will deeply be missed by all.

Donna and Casey Pelfrey

November 21, 2020

Mr. Ty, Galen, and family,
I’m so sorry for your loss! Mrs. Donna will truly be missed! You all are in our prayers and thoughts! May God give you all the comfort, peace, and strength that you all need! So glad we had Mrs. Donna and Mr. Ty for neighbors for several years! We enjoyed going over their home and them coming over to ours! Had some fun times and great memories of us playing skipbo cards and eating the best pumpkin bread ever that Mrs. Donna made! They were like family to us! Mrs. Donna loved Christmas and decorating inside their home and Mr. Ty decorating outside their home! We are so thankful for knowing them and having some of the best neighbors ever! Mrs. Donna was one of the sweetest ladies we ever have known! We will never forget Mrs. Donna and we thankful to have a photo of Mrs. Donna and Mr. Ty on our refrigerator that we can always look at everyday! We will always cherish our special memories of Mrs. Donna! We loved Mrs. Donna and Mr. Ty!
With sympathy and love,
Donna and Casey Pelfrey


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