Ronald E. Klene

September 1, 1941February 27, 2014

Ronald Edward Klene 72, Indianapolis, passed away on February 27,2014. He was born in Greensburg, IN on September 1, 1941 to Edward F. and Mary Steinkamp Klene. Ron received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Indiana University and studied at the I.U. School of Law. He taught for 45 years, primarily at Lawrence North H.S. Allied with his passion as an educator, Ron served as a member of the Indiana State Board of Education as well as the Indiana State Teachers’ Association Board of Directors and was an ISTA Pacesetter. He was honored as a Sagamore of the Wabash and also by the Wabash Alumni Association. He was a long-time member of St. John’s Catholic Church and served as a server and Eucharistic minister. Ron is survived by his wife, Lana Hunsucker Klene, daughter, Carrie Klene and sons Ed (Anne) and Matthew Klene. He is also survived by his brother Michael Klene and sisters Judy Forest and Harriet Klene. Visitation will be held on Friday, February 28 at Feeney-Hornak Shadeland Mortuary from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 12:00 Noon, Saturday, March 1 at St. John’s Catholic Church, 126 W. Georgia St., Indianapolis, followed by burial at St. Mary’s Cemetery, Greensburg, IN. Memorial contributions may be made in Ron’s name to St. John’s Catholic Church. Memorial tributes may be offered at


  • Visitation Friday, February 28, 2014
  • Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, March 1, 2014

Ronald E. Klene

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Stephen Gona

March 22, 2016

Ron Klene was one of my favorite educators of all time. He dedication and passion were an inspiration to his students. I am one of many who will miss him.

February 23, 2015

I will always remember Ron. He was such a good friend to me at Lawrence North.
Jeanette Gumbel

Karen Manley Murphy

May 18, 2014

My sister and I both enjoyed Mr. Klene's class. His love of law inspired me to become involved in the legal field as a law firm administrator for many years. His passion for teaching and the students was unsurpassed. Mrs. Klene, I am deeply sorry for your family's loss. Lawrence Twp lost a great leader with his passing.

Cindra Meier

March 21, 2014

Ron Klene was a loving husband and father, a well-respected teacher and Social Studies Department Chairman and a loyal friend. Ron truly appreciated the unique qualities of each of his family members: Lana's dedication to family, Carrie's tenacity, Eddie's resourcefulness and Matt's independence, to name a few. Ron's love of family members was revealed in his many stories about each of them. He compelled his students to try harder through his love of knowledge. His keen sense of social justice inspired both his students and department members. Ron was deeply immersed in his religion and the law, but he also learned to live in the moment and appreciate simplicity. Ron enjoyed many friendships because of his natural curiosity, attentiveness to detail, nonjudgmental attitude, dry wit and lightly self-deprecating humor. When I think of Ron, I will picture his smile, sense his enthusiasm about some important issue and hear his laugh, recapturing the moments he, Lana, Bob and I spent going on excursions, celebrating holidays and trying new cuisine.
We lost a true friend. (See "Death is Nothing at All," an Irish funeral prayer by Canon Henry Scott-Holland, Canon of St. Paul's Cathedral 1847-1918).

Carrie Klene

March 7, 2014

My dad was the one who would know me before I would know myself and deeply challenge me because he knew he could. I feel fortunate to have as my father someone so respected and loved but deeply saddened to have lost his presence now and in the future. I wasn't ready and now I've lost my guidance to get me through this challenge.

Mike Kraft

March 3, 2014

Ron Klene was solely responsible for giving me my first teaching job at LN. He saw something in my then and now 23 years later I still am grateful not just for my start in education but for the example that he set and for the many times that he fought for me as a young teacher. His example of standing up for what you believe in and of putting the kids first still impact my teaching today. Thanks Ron. Our prayers are with you and Lana.

Mike Kraft

Patricia Anglim

March 2, 2014

My sincere sympathy to the Klene Family. My thoughts and prayers are with all of you at this sad time. Wish I had met Ron, he seemed to be a wonderful and amazing person and was my cousin.

March 2, 2014

Lana, I just found out about Ron. He was a really nice guy...always smiling. I'm sorry I didn't attend the services..Had I known, I would have definitely come. My sympathy to you, Matt, and all your family.
Jo Anne Bell

Alicia Stevens

March 2, 2014

I remember my days in Mr. Klene's class so well! Great conversations and debates about topics that I didn't really know a lot about until Mr. Klene introduced them to us! A great man who will be missed ! Mrs. Klene, you and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers!

Jeanette Gumbel

March 2, 2014

A friend, a colleague, a kind compassionate man Remembering Ron