In Memory of

Violet Louise Klampe “Vi”

April 10, 1935–July 23, 2019

Photo of Violet Louise Klampe “Vi”

About Violet Louise Klampe “Vi”

Violet Louise Klampe “Vi”, aged 84, of Salem, Oregon, peacefully passed into the arms of the Lord on Tuesday, July 23. Violet was born on April 10, 1935 to Frederick and Gertrude Lang in Sublimity Oregon, She was one of 10 children. In her early years Violet attended McCalpie School in Sublimity and later went on to attend Stayton Union High School.

In the Autumn of 1958 Violet met her husband Maurice Klampe at a local diner. She was out with her youngest sister Juanita when Maurice spotted Violet. He remarked to her “I’ve never ridden in a Pontiac!” Before Violet could say another word, Maurice and his friend had hopped in the backseat and said “Let’s go for a ride!” Off they went, little did Violet know this was the beginning of a ride that would last for 50 years.

Maurice and Violet were married just 3 short months later. The two then moved to Salem and had their first Son Richard in December of 1959. They would have two more children. Their second Son Greg, was born in December of 1963 and their third, A Daughter, Angelia was born November of 1969. Maurice worked the biggest span of his career and later retired from Boise Cascade Paper while Violet became a full time Homemaker. Violet and Maurice enjoyed Camping, Fishing, traveling, dining, and ran a karaoke business for many years bringing joy and happiness wherever they went. Overall, Spending time with their family and friends was at the forefront of their life together.

Violet had a spice for life and an amazing sense of humor. Her laugh was contagious and she was always spreading love and joy wherever she went. To her family and friends, Violet’s house was the center of all the gatherings. Whether it was simply stopping by for a chat and a cup of coffee, or the meeting place for every holiday gathering to have some of Violet’s delicious meals. The Klampe house was a place where everyone felt welcome, loved and cared for.

Always creative and with a unique eye for beauty Violet enjoyed crocheting, knitting, coloring, fashion, thrift storing and trips to the casino. Violet was a lover of all animals and had a special place in her heart for her many pups over the years. Family was everything to Violet, she loved her family with a love that knew no bounds, she will greatly be missed and Her legacy will forever live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her so.

She is survived by her siblings Myrtle, Martha, Fritz, and Juanita. Her Children Richard Klampe, and his Wife Susan of Bend. Her Son, Greg Klampe and his Wife Lyn of Keizer. And her Daughter, Angie Self and her Boyfriend Tom of Salem. Her 7 Grandchildren: Misten, Nichole, Jeremy, Cori, Tatiana, Taleaha, and Travis and her great grandson Gideon.

She is preceded in death by her husband Maurice and her siblings Harold, Clarence, Shirley, Dewayne, and Rena.

A Celebration of Life will be arranged by Violet’s family and will be held at a later date.