Former state legislator and city official Robert L. Klauer died of cancer this morning in his home at 2601 Avenue A. He was 77.
Klauer, who served as Yuma County representative in the State Legislature from 1954 to 1962, had also been city recorder and ex-officia police judge. He was appointed by the City Council on Feb. 21, 1969, and resigned due to ill health on March 18, 1970.
A Yuma resident since 1948, he was active in the Democratic Party and served as Yuma County chairman and state vice-chairman. His public service career also included several years on the city council in Davenport, Iowa, where he was born Aug. 10, 1893. In Yuma, he was two-term chairman of the Red Cross, past exalted ruler of the Elks Lodge and a member of the Yuma Kiwanis.
Klauer was manager of the Mesa Drive-In Theater for five years and was general manager of the Yuma Drive-In Theaters until his retirement several years ago. A former newsman, he worked for thirty years on the Davenport Times as reporter, political editor, city editor, and manager editor.
Survivors include his wife, Cozette, of the home, two daughters Mrs. C. M. Voss of Tempe and Mrs. William Lee Morrissey of Davenport; and six grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Dixon's Yuma Mortuary.