Raymond W. Klingenberg, 88
Father, Grandfather, Great-Grandfather; World War ll Navy Veteran
ASHBURNHAM -- Raymond Wallace Carl Klingenberg, 88, long time resident of Ashburnham, died peacefully Saturday June 8, at Beth Israel Hospital in Boston after a illness.
Raymond was born in Fitchburg December 8, 1924, the son of Herman and Flore (Goerner) Klingenberg. He graduated from Fitchburg High School in 1943. Ray enlisted in the Navy in September, 1942 and did not graduate with his class. He received his diploma in a special ceremony that was held at the State House in Boston along with other military personnel, who had enlisted before their graduation.
Ray served in the Navy from September 14,1942 to January 8, 1946. He was the ship's cook 2nd class and served aboard the USS Parker DD604.
He was awarded the World War ll Victory Medal, American Theatre w/one bronze star
, European African Middle Eastern w/4 bronze stars.
Raymond was employed at Fitchburg Gas & Electric for 38 years. He served as the Union Steward. He was a member of the Ashburnham Police Department for 22 years. He was a member of the Council on aging, the Forever Young Club. He was a former Boy Scout and Cub Scout leader.
Ray enjoyed Cape Cod vacations and was an avid reader. He was a member of the Ashburnham Community Church.
Raymond's wife of 58 years Margaret C. (Briggs) Klingenberg, died May 21, 2005. Ray leaves his son and daughter-in-law Kent W. and Pamela Klingenberg of Ashburnham; his daughter Dale M. Flathers of Fitchburg.
He also leaves his grandchildren Amy Ramos wife of Julio Ramos, Lindsay Flathers and fiance Jay Friend, Joshua Klingenberg and Timothy Klingenberg and Petty Officer 1st class Jonathan Klingenberg U.S. Navy
Submarine USS Rhode Island. Ray also leaves his great-- grandchildren Emily Flathers and Grayson Matthew Ramos.
KLINGENBERG -- A memorial service with Military Honors.will be held on Friday June 14, at 11 A. M. in the Ashburnham Community Church. In lieu of flowers, contributions in his memory may be made to Gordon Erickson Fire Rescue, care of the Ashburnham Fire Rescue. 99 Central St., Ashburnham, MA. 01430 or to the
, 20 Speen St., Framingham, MA. 01701-4680. Bosk Funeral Home, 85 Blossom St., Fitchburg, MA. 01420 is assisting the family. boskfuneralhome.com