Richard Klinczar, 84, a loving husband, father, grandfather and uncle of Bradford, passed away on Sunday (March 13, 2016) at the Bradford Manor.
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He was born on May 26, 1931, in Lackawanna, N.Y., a son of the late Leon and Cecelia Grzybowski Klinczar. On March 26, 1988, in Boston, N.Y., he married Arlene Yonker, who survives.
Mr. Klinczar was a 1951 graduate of the Lackawanna High School and a graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. While serving overseas he was a member of the Army football team.
He was employed as a graphic artist in the editorial department with the Buffalo News for many years.
Mr. Klinczar was a life member of American Legion Post #108, a member of the Lt. John C. Roche Post 212 VFW and a member of the Bradford Township Lions Club. He volunteered for several years for the Don Raabe Big 30 Charities Classic. He was a former member of the Ski Patrol, Ellicottville, N.Y., for 26 plus years. While living in Boston,he was a member of the Boston Lions Club, where he was a former club president. For many years, he was also the coach for the Boston Patriots Pee Wee Little League Football team.
In addition to his wife of 27 years, Arlene Klinczar of Bradford, he is also survived by one son, James (Dawn) Klinczar of Cincinnati, Ohio; one daughter, Jennifer (David) Britton of Cincinnati; three stepdaughters, Kelli Collin of Pittsburgh, Kerri (Frank) Spangler of Kane and Amy (Alan) Dexter of Bradford; one brother, Paul (Debbie) Klinczar of Eden, N.Y.; one sister, Virginia (Robert) McHugh of Brevard, N.C.; 13 grandchildren, Alan Britton, Joseph Britton, Elizabeth Britton, Cecelia Klinczar, Vivian Klinczar, Nicholas Klinczar, Brandon (Ramona) Nelson, Tyler Nelson, Brittany Collin, Tomi Dolan, Brady Dolan, Regan Dolan and Andrew Dexter; four great-grandchildren, Gavin Nelson, Carter Nelson, Keigan Smith and Swayze Collin; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, he was also preceded in death by three brothers, Gene, Leon and Arthur Klinczar; one sister, Joan Pawenski; and one granddaughter, Alyssa Nelson.
At the family's request, there will be no visitation. Private graveside services will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Eden.
Funeral arrangements are entrusted to the care of the Mascho Funeral Home Inc.
Memorial contributions in his memory can be made to a
Online condolences can be expressed at www.maschofuneral.com.
Mascho Funeral Home Inc.
75 Kennedy Street
Bradford, PA 16701
Published in The Bradford Era from Mar. 16 to Mar. 23, 2016