Douglas A. Klemp
Oct. 15, 1958 - Jan. 15, 2007
Held in the loving arms of his family, Douglas Arthur Klemp, age 48, was born to eternal life Monday, Jan. 15, 2007, after suffering a stroke Jan. 3. He fought the good fight of faith right up to the very end.
Doug was born Oct. 15, 1958, in Hazel Crest, Ill., to the late Arthur D. Klemp and Mildred Rose (Defferding) Klemp. Doug’s early years were spent in Crete, Ill., with his junior high years being the most memorable to him. He attended Northwestern Prep in Watertown for one year. During the summer of 1974, his family moved back to their hometown of Appleton, where Doug graduated from Fox Valley Lutheran in 1977. He said the most significant impact F.V.L. had on his life was that it reinforced Christian values that had become the basis for the way he conducted his adult life. The other significant impact is that he met his high school sweetheart, best friend and life time companion, Amie. Together they attended the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where Doug graduated with honors in December 1981 with a bachelor’s degree in business. On Oct. 23, 1982, Doug married his lifelong sweetheart, Amie Lou Kahler from Neenah. Together they lived in Rockford for nine years. During this time, Doug and Amie were active participants in Peace Lutheran Church in Loves Park, Ill. They have many fond memories of their extended church family.
In 1991, the couple moved to Milwaukee, where they joined St. John’s Lutheran Church in Wauwatosa. There they began a new chapter by becoming involved with various youth programs. In 1994, the couple built a home in Mukwonago where they currently reside. In 1997 and 1999, they adopted two beautiful baby girls from China named Rachel Wen-Ming, age 10, and Hannah Liang, age 8. Doug and Amie’s life had been richly blessed and their lives now focused on their daughters. The family became involved with MA-FCC (Milwaukee Area-Families with Children from China), and also with Cricket Academy, a Chinese language and culture school. The connections to so many adoptive families have enriched their lives profoundly. Doug’s daughters remember sharing favorite activities with their Daddy, such as sailing on Lake Winnebago, along with ice skating, biking, swimming at the YMCA, nature walks, playing games, summer travels and involvement with their current church and school family.
Doug’s work history began when he was a youngster delivering papers. He was very ambitious, working various places throughout high school and college. After college, Doug joined IBM in 1982 and was proud of his 13 1Ú2 years with them. In that time, he made several significant contributions. Notably, he developed the Project Management Tool Kit for IBM’s Professional Services group which was later endorsed as a standard for the company. Doug received numerous awards and recognition from IBM including the Eagle Award.
The opportunity to develop other skills led Doug to accept a position at Manpower. His career there spanned almost 12 years, most recently as vice president of strategic solutions. His work on multiple mission critical projects helped shape the strategy of the organization. In 2004, Doug was awarded Manpower’s prestigious Power Award for his contributions to the organization, including leading the successful integration of Right Management after Manpower’s acquisition. Doug was greatly beloved by his colleagues around the world.
Doug will be profoundly missed by his wife, Amie; his two daughters, Rachel and Hannah, all of Mukwonago; two sisters, Barb (John) Knapp of Appleton and Sandy (Dan) Kools of Appleton; his stepmom, Diana Klemp, and her three children, Steve Medley of San Diego, Brian (Kristi) Medley of Golden, Colo., and Kate Medley of San Diego; his mother and father-in-law, Carol and Orlin Kahler of Neenah; sister-in-law, Julie (Marc) Dimino of Madison; brother-in-law, Timothy Geiger of Little Chute; and his godchildren, David Knapp, Katie Geiger, Ryan Way, Jillian Hagen and Elizabeth Olson. He is further survived by very special nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, other relatives, friends and co-workers. Doug was preceded in death by his parents and one sister-in-law, Lynn Geiger.
Visitation for Doug will be held from 3:30 p.m. until 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at Mount Calvary Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1941 Madison St., Waukesha. A second visitation will be held from 9 a.m. until the 11 a.m. funeral service Friday, Jan. 19, at the church. Burial will take place in Appleton at Highland Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations are appreciated and may be made to the family.
For more information, call Cesarz, Charapata & Zinnecker Funeral Home and Cremation Services at 542-6609 or visit www.waukeshafuneralhome.com for online obituaries, directions or condolences.
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