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Salem Funeral Home, Reynolda Rd.
2599 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Saturday, May 11, 2013
10 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.
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Salem Funeral Home, Reynolda Rd.
2599 Reynolda Rd., Winston-Salem, NC 27106
Saturday, May 11, 2013
11:30 a.m.
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Forsyth Memorial Park
Winston-Salem, NC
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Arthur Townsend Klinger
Aug 02, 1919 - May 08, 2013
Brighton Gardens
Arthur T. Klinger

Arthur Townsend Klinger, 93, a retired planning engineer for the Western Electric Company, died Wednesday, May 8, 2013 at Brighton Gardens Assisted Living in Winston-Salem.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, in 1919, Mr. Klinger grew up in Tonawanda, New York, the grandson of an immigrant woodcarver from Germany and the son of the late Marie E. and August E. Klinger, a self-made industrialist who rose from a 12-year-old office clerk in 1904 to president of the Buffalo Steel Company.

Mr. Klinger spent summers working at his father's steel company and was graduated from Tonawanda High School in 1937. He received his bachelor of electrical engineering from Cornell University in 1941. He joined the American Viscose Corporation as an assistant electrician foreman in Roanoke, Virginia, in 1941, and served in the Virginia State Militia until entering the U.S. Army Air Force in 1942.

Mr. Klinger held the rank of 1st lieutenant and served in the Asiatic/Pacific Theater on Tinian Island in the Northern Marianas. In 1945, as a radar countermeasures observer in the 21st Bomber Command, Mr. Klinger flew in B-29 Superfortresses on twenty low-level incendiary raids over Iwo Jima, Tokyo and other Japanese cities, and on aerial mining operations over the Inland Sea. Typical of many members of America's "greatest generation," he seldom talked afterward about his World War II experience, considering it a necessary but unenviable job. He later served in the U.S. Air Force Reserve in California and was recalled to active service in 1951-53 during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Klinger was awarded five medals for his service in both wars.

Mr. Klinger and the late Dorothy Clarke Clement Klinger were married in 1948. They moved from Roanoke to Winston-Salem in 1959, where he was employed by Western Electric Company at its Lexington Road Plant until his retirement in 1984. Mrs. Klinger died in 1995.

Mr. Klinger's volunteer service was varied and performed quietly. It included the Southwest Virginia Engineers Club, Roanoke's Soap Box Derby, Winston-Salem Meals on Wheels from 1984 to 1999, and Boy Scout Troop 920 at Centenary United Methodist Church, also in Winston-Salem, where he was a member. He was a life member of the Telephone Pioneers of America. In 1968, Mr. Klinger was tutoring math to students at Winston-Salem State University on the night of the assassination of the Rev. Martin Luther King.

An avid stamp collector, Mr. Klinger was active in the Winston-Salem Stamp Club. A life-long gardener, his cultivated flowers were enjoyed by his Sherwood Forest neighbors for many years.

Mr. Klinger is survived by two sons, Tim Klinger and wife, Peggy of Winston-Salem, NC, and David Klinger of Boise, Idaho; two grandchildren, Melanie Klinger Bostic and husband, Jason of Cary, NC, and William Klinger and wife, Angela of Raleigh, NC; and two great-grandchildren, Walter and Arthur Bostic of Cary, NC. He is also survived by a brother, Richard E. Klinger of New Canaan, Connecticut; he was pre-deceased by a sister, Ruth Klinger Maker of North Andover, Massachusetts, in 2012.

Mr. Klinger's family expresses its appreciation to two of his closest friends, Mr. Bob Noble and Dr. Richard Patterson of Winston-Salem for their steadfast friendship and many kindnesses. The family also wishes to thank the staff of Brighton Gardens Assisted Living, especially Ms. Kay Whitfield, for their care during Mr. Klinger's seven year residency, and to the staff of Hospice of Winston-Salem for their recent assistance and support.

Visitation at Salem Funerals and Cremations, 2599 Reynolda Road, on Saturday, May 11, 2013 at 10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. Funeral services will follow at 11:30 a.m. with the Reverend Craig Ford officiating. Interment will be after the service at Forsyth Memorial Park. Memorial donations are suggested to the Stephen Ministry Fund of Centenary United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 658, Winston-Salem, NC 27102. Online condolences may be made through www.salemfh.com.
 
 
 
 
Condolences
Ann Cralidis
Peggy and Tim - I am so very sorry for your loss. Please know that you are in my thoughts and prayers at this time. Ann
 
 
Peggy Crutchfield
We were neighbors on Pennington Lane for many years. Our sympathy to Art's family.
 
 
Joan Bostic
I am so thrilled I had the opportunity and honor to meet Mr. Klinger; Arthur's name sake. Please know you are in my thoughts and prayers. I am so sorry I a unable to be there in person as I will not return from the West Coast until Sunday. My prayers are for you and your wonderful family. Blessings to you all, Joan
 
 
Tom Childrey
Tim, I am so sorry to hear of your father's passing. Know that I am thinking of you and your family at this time. The obituary was very well written. I never met your Dad but I can see that your father was a very talented man who lived a full life. Respectfully and prayerfully, Tom
 
 
S. Brown-Acker
To the Klinger Family: As you celebrate a life well-lived, (93yrs), may your hearts be filled with joy and laughter, as you recall all the “happy” times you shared together. (Psalm 90:10) My condolences, SBA.
 
 
Jim Spivey
Tim, I met your dad briefly on two occasions but he left me with some lasting impressions. He instilled, among many things: education,love for family,patriotism and the work ethic. My thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family. I am wiser for knowing your dad so briefly.
 
 
Lisa sloan
Keeping your family in prayer. I had the privilege to know and work with Mr. Kilinger for several years at Brighton Gardens. What a gift to be part of his journey. He was a great man to talk to and learn from! Lisa Sloan former Activity Director
 
 
Shelby Burrow
It was my pleasure to have known such a gentleman as Mr. Art Klinger for all the years he was at Brighton Gardens. He was very delightful to talk to and loved his walks around the building. May God be with each one of you and my prayers go out to each and every family member.
 
 
Ronald L. Hunt
I am so sorry for your loss. I worked with Art at Western Electric for several years. He was insightful, dedicated and thoughtful. I have memories of him that will last the rest of my lifetime!
 
 
 
 
 
 

         

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