John Klinkner

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Klinkner, John M.

John M. Klinkner, age 90, of Manitowoc, died on May 10, 2014 in the loving care of his family.

John was an independent man of many talents. After graduating from Lincoln High School, John served in the Navy during WWII. After the war he was a lifeguard in San Francisco. He attended UW-Madison in the early 1950's and disagreed with his professors on many subjects. He served as a Deputy Sheriff for Manitowoc County and taught self defense tactics in the '50's. In the late '50's he was a professional wrestler on the local circuit and was known as the "Little Inch" wearing a black mask. In the mid '60's he was a lifeguard at Red Arrow Park and a beach bum. From '68 to '74 he served as an Engineering Officer for the Military Sea Transport Pacific Command seeing action in Vietnam and surrounding areas. Retiring in '74, he became a hunter, fisherman and outdoorsman; spending time at his cabin in the UP with family and the many friends he made there. He was a lifetime member of the VFW Otto Oas Post #659.

Survivors include three nephews and a niece and families: Michael and Joan Klinkner, Appleton; Steven and Sue Klinkner, Manitowoc; Susan Muchowski, Ashwaubenon; Patrick and Claire Klinkner, Green Bay; nine grandnieces: Lisa (Torry) Bishop; Valerie (Ben) Baker; Kristin Klinkner and husband Steve Kranitz; Kimberly (fiancé Jeff) Klinkner; Katie (and fiancé Joe) Klinkner, Angela (special friend Darrin) Mohr; Alissa Muchowski; Jennifer (fiancé Aaron) Klinkner; Nicole (special friend Raj) Klinkner; seven great grand nieces and nephews: Alana and Jacob Baker, Griffin Bishop, Jack and James Kranitz, Rylee Mohr and Addison Oswald; two honorary great grandnieces: Hailey and Caitlyn Oswald. Also surviving is John's extended family: Robert Kries of Allouez; one niece; three nephews and their families, other relatives and friends.

John was preceded in death by his parents John (Jack) and Charlotte (Panzram) Klinkner, his brother Charles and sister-in law Dorothy and special friend Ann Burdick.

Cremation has taken place at All-Care Cremation Center, Manitowoc. A memorial service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc. Officiating at the service will be Deacon Alan Boeldt with internment of John's cremated remains to take place at Calvary Cemetery.

The Family will greet relatives and friends on Thursday, May 15, 2014 at Pfeffer Funeral Home, Manitowoc, from 9:00 a.m. until 10:45 a.m.

Expressions of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting

The Pfeffer Funeral Home and All-Care Cremation Center, Manitowoc, is assisting the family with funeral arrangements.

A special thank you to Harmony Living Center Manitowoc, Shady Lane Rehab, Aurora VNA Hospice, Wisconsin VA Laura Tucker NP and associates, attorney Drew MacDonald, neighbors, and friends for their care and assistance in his declining days/years.

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928 South 14th Street
Manitowoc, WI 54220
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Published in Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter on May 13, 2014
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