David P. Kling, age 91, of Erie, Pa., was reunited with his wife, after a brief illness, on Saturday, March 23, 2013. He was born in Erie on December 22, 1921, the son of the late, Adolph and Mamie Kling. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Dottie Kling, and his daughter Karin Luna. Survivors include his daughter, Kim Litz, and her husband, David Litz, Jr., his grandchildren: Michael Linhart and his fiancée, Amy Bullan, Kelly Summers and her husband, Joe, Michelle Kuilman and her husband, Jason, five great-grandchildren: Sydney, Darren, Logan, Eva, Jackson, and one brother Evald Kling of Bradenton, Fla. While studying mechanical engineering at Case Western, in Cleveland, David was drafted into the Air Force. He became a pilot of the 56th Fighter Group, in WWII. Dave flew with the 63rd squadron. In 1944, his plane was shot down while flying over the Netherlands, where he was found by Dutch farmers. They hid him from the enemy and used the underground to return him safely to England. After being discharged in 1945, Dave became a lead singer in a local big band and sang at many weddings. He retired from Johnson Control, at the age of 64. He returned to work at 72, as a courier, for Northwest Savings Bank, and retired this past December. Friends may call at the Dusckas-Martin Funeral Home and Crematory, Inc., 4216 Sterrettania Rd., on Tuesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m., and are invited there on Wednesday, at 11:00 a.m., for the funeral service, conducted by the Rev. David McIlvried. Interment will be in Laurel Hill Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the John Kanzius Cancer Research Foundation, 130 West 8th Street, Suite 216, Erie, PA 16501.
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Published in the Erie Times-News on Mar. 25, 2013