Dr. Myron "Mike" Klinkman

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  • "Mike, you will truly be missed, as well as your jokes and..."
    - Phyllis Helt
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Dr. Klinkman passed away on Tuesday, July 11, 2017. He was 95 years of age. He was born in Lancaster, New York on May 14, 1922, the son of Fred and Ruth Klinkman. After graduation from Lancaster High School, he became a golf pro and tool designer. In 1942, he enlisted in the US Army and fought with the infantry in the Battle of the Bulge. He was a Prisoner of War in Germany.
Following the war, he received his BA from Capital University in Columbus, Ohio, his Masters of Divinity from Evangelical Lutheran Theological Seminary in Columbus, Ohio, and his PH.D in Psychology from Boston University, Massachusetts. He became Chaplain Supervisor at Harrisburg State Hospital in Pennsylvania, where he trained ministers and priests to deal with mental problems. In 1961, he became Professor of Psychology and Pastoral Counseling at Bangor Theological Seminary, Maine. In 1966, he moved to Orlando, Florida, where he engaged in private practice. In 1975, he moved to Homosassa Springs, and has remained in the same location since. While in Citrus County, he owned Bell Villa Motel and Mobile Home Park, Whispering Pines Mobile Home Park, and McCutcheon's Mobile Home Park in St. Petersburg. He started many businesses, such as Outdoor Supplies, Sheds 'N Things, Inc., Top Stop, The Club House, Springs Service Center, and with his partners Gary and Phyllis Hicks (Helt), he started Springs Auto Sales Inc. and Citrus Center Auto Sales. He was an avid bowler, swimmer, and fisherman. He was an active member of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, California. Surviving is his devoted companion, Karen, of Homosassa Springs; one son, Paul Klinkman, and one daughter, Dr. Susan Clemens, both of Providence, RI. He was predeceased by three brothers and four sisters. He will be cremated with no funeral service or service of remembrance to fulfill his request.
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Published in Citrus County Chronicle on July 13, 2017
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