Born July 24, 1921 in Philadelphia, PA, Al was the middle child of Florence and Gustuv Klumpp. He and his two brothers, Harry, the oldest and Edward, the youngest, grew up in a typical Philadelphia row house. He also had a sister Ruth who died at an early age. His ancestors came from the Black Forest of Germany.
As a boy, Al worked with his dad on a bread truck before school delivering bread and goodies to residences. He loved music and photography. He played the guitar, banjo, mandolin, and self taught himself how to play the organ. After graduating from Olney High School, he enlisted in the Navy March 28, 1943, and wrote a daily diary for the ship.
When his tour was over he married Thelma Giles, September 21, 1946 in The First Presbyterian Church in Haddonfield, NJ. They were married for 55 years and lived in Moorestown, NJ with their only child, Donna.
Al loved to entertain when he had company. He would play the guitar while his daughter played the organ and everyone would sing those old melodies, like Heart of My Heart, and Let me call you Sweetheart. Al also marched in the Mummers Parade several times, and kept a flask nearby because he said it was so cold playing those strings.
As a hobby, he took lots of pictures starting as a young boy. When he was in the Navy, he asked his mother to send him a camera so he could take pictures of his adventures. He continued his love of photography throughout his life. He was always trying to get that one “great shot” and won every award and held every position at the Camera Club in Moorestown where he was so respected for his work.