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Robert A. Klumb, Ph.D., age 46, of Pierre, S.D., died July 8, 2013.

He was born on May 27, 1967, in West Allis, Wis.

Rob was an amazing humani­tarian and fisheries bio­logist. Humble, with a big heart and a solid natural resource ethic that moved him to the forefront of appreciation among his peers. He was simply loved by everyone who had the fortune to cross paths.

Rob received his B.S. at the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee. He received his M.S. in Fisheries at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in 1997, where he developed a way to predict how fish grow and how many fish in a population are available for people to catch; information essential to all people who care about fish and fishing.

He went on to get his Ph.D. from Cornell in 2002, where he continued to work on understanding processes that affect survival and production of fish.

Because of his advanced mathematical skills, he was invited to work with American, Canadian and Japanese scientists to figure out numbers of fish available for commercial harvest in the North Pacific Ocean.

Dr. Robert Klumb joined the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) in July of 2002, as a Fisheries Biologist in Pierre, S.D., and was promoted to Fishery Supervisor in March of 2009.

Rob’s dedication to the enhancement and protection of native fish populations in the Missouri River earned him a seat on many committees and workgroups where he led the charge for change.

While working with the USFWS, he was invited onto the faculty at South Dakota State University. Colorful, energetic and positive, he was inspirational to young developing biologists and scientists. Rob’s ability to understand the importance of fishery conservation and his knack for working well with colleagues influenced a generation of young biologists. From the crews that worked under his guidance to the students he mentored to the colleagues he left behind, he will truly be missed and his loss leaves a big hole in fishery conservation efforts and science in general.

He is survived by parents, Robert K. and Florence Klumb of Conover, Wis.; brother, Kris (Peggy) of West Allis, Kevin (Kelly) of Milwaukee and Dan (Rebecca) of West Allis; two nieces, Shena and Kyra; and two nephews, Kyle and John.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, Ken and Helen Klumb, and Ted and Fern Weber.

A memorial service will be held at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Phelps on July 29, at 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Dakota Chapter of American Fisheries Society.


Tuesday, July 23, 2013 2:51 PM


+2 #1 2013-07-23 15:36
Rob was loved dearly and will be greatly missed. He was my best friend for some 26 yrs. All my love and prayers for peace are with his family at this horrible, sad time. Remembering all the good, happy memories will help heal our hearts in time.

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