Rodney “Rodman” H. Klahn, Jr., 75, of Adams and formerly of Pittsfield, passed away on Tuesday, March 23, 2021 at the Berkshire Medical Center after a period of declining health.
Born in Pittsfield on June 15, 1945, he was the son of the late Lillian (Kickery) and Rodney H. Klahn, Sr. He was educated in the local schools and was a 1964 graduate of Pittsfield High School.
Rodman was a longtime employee of General Electric Company as well as their successors in the Power Transformer Department and retired after 28 years of service. He then went on to work at Walmart as a greeter for nearly 15 years.
Rodney proudly served in the US Navy Reserves as a young man and was very devoted to his Country. He loved sports, especially fishing and bowling, and was a minor league baseball coach for 8 seasons.
He greatly enjoyed family holidays, picnics and gatherings and witnessed nearly all of them from behind his camera. He loved to take home videos and enjoyed sharing them years later. He didn’t always show how much those times meant to him, but Rodman was so proud of his family.
He enjoyed going out to eat and would frequent the Highland and the East Side Café.
An animal lover, he found great comfort in spending time with his dog Dexter. He also missed his companion Scooby, and would still talk about him often.
Rodney is survived by his daughter, Sharon Bondini of Florida, his grandchildren, Jamie Mangiardi (Richard) of Pittsfield, Jessie Bondini of Florida, Eric, Sean and Kyle Card, and Justin R. Klahn (Courtney) of North Adams and 5 great grandchildren. He also leaves his estranged wife, Shirley Klahn of Pittsfield and three sisters, Linda Cowell (Don) of Pittsfield, Bev Shea (Henry) of Dalton and Eileen Spazioso (David) of North Adams, and many nieces and nephews.
Rodney was predeceased by two daughters, Karen Card on May 27, 2015 and Jennifer Klahn on March 16, 2021.
Rodman’s family would like to extend a special thanks to Dr. Altman and all the ICU staff at Berkshire Medical Center for the great care they took of him.
A private graveside will be held for the Klahn family at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made payable to the “Berkshire Humane Society” in care of the Devanny-Condron Funeral Home, 40 Maplewood Ave. Pittsfield, MA 01201
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