William "Billy" Lee Klapp

December 21, 1965July 8, 2018
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William “Billy” Lee Klapp, age 52, of Akron, Ohio went into the loving arms of Jesus on Sunday, July 08, 2018. He was born on December 21, 1965 to Gloria J. DiSanto and the late Wallace Lee Klapp.

Billy was a devoted husband, loving father, and a considerate son and brother. His mother, sisters, nieces, nephews, and friends describe him as a loving and kind person who was always generous and giving to others. When he had it to give, it was given freely without ever expecting anything in return. He was a born-again Christian, and as stated by his mother, Gloria, in his last days of life through their many phone conversations, he spoke of his faith and ongoing prayers throughout the day to ask God for His will and “not mine”. He also texted that to his sister Debbie the day before, and he prayed for his family and his life to be “God’s will and not mine”. He knew his weaknesses and struggles were many, but he trusted and loved his Lord and Savior to the very end. Following are some of the scriptures that were important to him in his earthly life.

"And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God's love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow--not even the powers of hell can separate us from God's love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below- indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord”. (Romans 8:38-39)

"My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father's hand." (John 10:27-29)

"Don't let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust in me. There is more than enough room in my Father's home. If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you? When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am." (John 14:1-3)

In addition to his father, he is preceded in death by brother, Wallace Lee Klapp, Jr., and brother in-law, Michael Ahrens.

Those left to cherish his memories are his mother, Gloria J. DiSanto; wife of 4 years, Aleisha Riley Klapp; sons, Brandon, Bryan, Jeremiah, and Daniel; step-daughter Samantha; sisters, Sue Falcone, Claudia Eckard and husband, Ken, Debbie Spencer-Ahrens, Janet Reeves, and Jessica Madlock. A Celebration of Billy’s life will be held on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at 3 o’clock p.m. in the Chapel of Drums Funeral Home in Conover, NC, officiated by Pastor Paul Mosley & Minister Agnes Mosley.

Visitation and a meal for family and friends will immediately follow the celebration homecoming for Billy in the Emmaus/Reception Room, Concordia Lutheran Church, 216 5th Ave, SE Conover, NC.

The interment will be held at a later date in Conover.

Memorial contributions to honor William Lee Klapp’s memory can be made to: The American Diabetes Association, 3109 Poplarwood Ct., Ste. 125, Raleigh, NC 27604-1043

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The Klapp family has entrusted funeral arrangements to Drum Funeral Home & Cremations in Conover.


  • Celebration of Life Saturday, August 11, 2018
  • Receiving of Friends and Meal Saturday, August 11, 2018

William "Billy" Lee Klapp

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tanjah hunt

August 13, 2018

I wanted to share this sooner, but I just found the picture of Billy singing, "bad to the bone" with Leon my husband at our wedding. He did a great job. Was such a fun memory. He really broke the silence and after that everyone started having a blast. He was such a nice person. I was so sad to hear that he passed. My heart goes out to your family.
Sincerely, Tanjah Hunt

Jessica Madlock

August 11, 2018

I will always love my brother Billy & be thankful for the times we spent together. I have precious memories of my brother, especially how he could pick up nearly any crying baby or fussing child & sooth them. He spoke to them gently with love, a soft gentle voice, & a tender touch. I remember how he would rock Brandon & burp him while singing to him on the swing as poor Brandon was colicky from sensitivities to his formula. Billy was so compassionate he often times wore Brandon's latest meal for a long while till and would do everything he could to comfort poor little Brandon. Billy patiently fed Brandon meals until the baby was sound asleep before he would focus on cleaning himself up. He undoubtedly loved all of his children beyond what words & actions could express. He made nearly everyone who knew him feel loved, even when expression was difficult. He was proud of all his children. He loved to be a Dad.
Bill was a lot like our Dad in the respect that he would literally give the shirt off his back for others in need. He went hungry so someone else didn't. He gave without expecting anything in return. He worked on vechicles just to heIp. I believe hope, faith, & love were established. That is what we will carry with us, moving forward. May love, hope, and faith that stems from the Lord Jesus Christ be the be the foundation of our forever. Amen
I give honor to my beloved brother William Lee Klapp for whom I am so grateful to have loved. I'll cherish the memories of the moments we had together & would like to thank each of you for loving him & taking time to mourn with & console our family. In this time of grieving, you are a comfort & I'm grateful for your participation in the celebration of his life. May you each come to know Jesus Christ being baptized in His name for the remission of sins. May you see the Kingdom of God and relentlessly peruse Gods righteousness if you haven't done so already. We all love in our own way. He loved His children so much!!!

Elaine Davis

August 9, 2018

I remember meeting Billy when he was about 16. I always loved his sweet smile, and his wonderful laugh. I am so sorry he had the rough times in his life. My heart goes out to Gloria, Debbie, Janet, Claudia, and the other close family members that I didn't have a chance to know. I will try my best to see you Saturday.

Jessica Klapp-Madlock

August 8, 2018

When my last "Whatcha talkin bout Willis" fell like heaviness as my heart hit the ground. My brother Billy and I got along very well. He is just absolutely beyond hilarity when he'd get to cuttin up. I remember a time when Him, Luther, Stacey, and I where at a restaurant and He got me laughing so hard I had soda coming out my mouth and my nose and I laughed so hard nearly peed my pants. I really miss his hugs, his welcoming presence to have me around, his comfort, the safety I felt in his presence. I remember the freedom he gave me when he bought me my 10 speed bicycle for good how I can feel those memories though I am there now. He bought me the coolest dolls and even extra accessories and had such patience with me being his baby struggling to choose he was so patient. He majority of the time understood me very well. I remember when he bought the both of us matching spy glasses. They were really dark sunglasses with mirrors to see around and behind you . I remember all the times he would smile at me and sing . I remember how his face let up aglow and how I loved to listen to him as he picked up a gee-tar as he laughingly would call it. He would do the head bobble thing that that we both could do to freak people out together. We sure had so many laughs when we lived next door to each other or conversing. I remember swinging on the porch swing next to him as he strummed the strings of the guitar and sang or spoke to me and his captivated audience. Dad used to do the same now from this earthly life both of my best men strumming autistic style have gone away. I am left here #obsessivlygrateful for those who I have share loved with in this life time until the end of time I love You and I'm sorry for all the pain I saw within you that I didn't know how to bring God in then to heal. Please remember that I always love You wither my heart is alone beating or cold still. Love your Baby Sister who reality is shocking me into maturity of transition

Sue Eden

July 28, 2018

My Deepest sympathy goes out to all of the Klapp family in this difficult time.
I have Not known Billy for long however, I do know he had a big heart with many Dreams for his children and wife Alesahia which he loved very much.
In life, their are no guarantees even though he tried hard to make these dreams come to a reality, situations that were out of his control got in the way.
This breaks my heart because Billy gave life here on earth everything he had with a Smile and Positive thoughts even when things went wrong till the very end.
Blessings to his family and friends who "loved" Billy he will be in my thoughts for many years to come.

Sue Eden/Friend