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"How Ya' Doin' Champ?"

Our friend and fellow Hobo, yes our own Bill Bailey, has passed on to that great trumpet section in heaven.  He passed away November 2 at home after continuous failing health.  “Klumppy” was well liked by everyone who knew him, whether by friends at band or fellow workers at the N. J. American Water Company where he was employed as a working foreman for over 30 years, retiring in 1987.

Bill loved people and loved talking to people.  One of his favorite pastimes was hanging out at the local barbershop just to chew the fat with the guys.  He loved sports, and was an avid bowler with his church league, as well as a golfer, and hunter.  In his younger days, Bill spent many a cold day in the Poconos or the woods of Maine and Canada hunting.

For many years, Bill was a fixture at Hobo Youth Band.  He has been sorely missed the past couple of years.  Many parents as well as kids have asked for him.  Of course, we know Bill from Hobo Band.  He joined around 1985 and most years made almost every rehearsal and job.  When women were admitted to the band in 1990, Bill brought his bride of 56 years, Evelyn, (also known as “Mrs. Bill”), to help with the band front.

Klumppy was quite a fellow -- husband, friend, uncle, trumpeter, hard worker, WW II Navy veteran, church member, sportsman, and all around great guy.

We’ll miss you for a long time, Bill.


On Nov 2, 2007, Bill 'Klumppy' of Lindenwold, age 83 yrs.

Beloved husband of Evelyn (nee Herbst) Klumpp. Survived by many loving nieces and nephews. Bill was a WW II US Navy Veteran. Bill was a life member of Original Hobo Band in Pitman and a member of Laurel Springs Baptist Church.

Relatives and friends are invited to attend his viewing on Tuesday evening 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. and Wednesday morning 9:30-10:00 a.m. at the

51 Park Blvd.
Clementon, NJ 08021

Funeral services will be held Wednesday 10:00 a.m. at the Funeral Home. Interment Berlin Cemetery. In lieu of flowers the family requests memorial donations to Laurel Springs Baptist Church, Madison Ave. & Arch Ave. Laurel Springs, NJ 08021 and/or Original Hobo Youth Band, PO Box 31, Pitman, NJ 08071.

Expressions of Sympathy/ guest book, please visit www.OraLWoosterFuneralHome.com

Published in the Camden Courier-Post on 11/04/2007.