Andrew R. Klinker
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Andrew Raymond "Andy" Klinker, 70, of Lafayette, passed away at 10:00 p.m. on Tuesday, July 8, 2014, at IU Health Arnett Hospital after an extended battle with Parkinson's disease. Born March 16, 1944 in Lafayette, he was the son of the late Francis and Helen (Doran) Klinker. He was a graduate of Central Catholic High School and United Electronics Lab. He honorably served in the U.S. Navy from 1963 to 1967.
Andy married Patricia Gayler-Kirts on July 25, 1970 in Lafayette and she survives. He was a union electrician with IBEW Local 668 since 1968 and served as past president and vice president from 1980 to 1983. He taught electrical courses at Ivy Tech for several years and was a Journeyman Electrician for several contractors for 45 years, retiring in 2006. Andy was a member of St. Boniface Catholic Church. He was a Big Brothers and Sisters volunteer, helped decorate downtown Lafayette at Christmas, and volunteered for several other organizations. Andy loved spending time with family, especially his grandchildren, traveling, going to casinos, and working with his son-in-law doing home inspections. He never met a stranger and loved telling stories and jokes.
Surviving with his wife are his children, Steven Klinker of New Orleans, LA and Tamara Klinker Nelson (Dave) of Lafayette; a stepson David Fulks (Kyle) of Lafayette; a brother Chuck Klinker (Judy) of Lafayette, a sister Elizabeth Meadows (Robert) of Pensacola, FL, and a favorite cousin, who was like a brother, Ronald Klinker (Patty) of California . Also surviving are four grandchildren, Jason Klinker, Steven Klinker, Andrew David Nelson, and Austin Patrick Nelson, one great-grandchild Kamryn Klinker, and several nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. He was preceded in death by siblings, Marie Schupbach, Marilyn Scowden, Bernadette Gleason, Ralph Klinker, and Francis Klinker.
Visitation Sunday, July 13, 2014, from 5 to 8 p.m., with rosary at 4:45 p.m., at Hippensteel Funeral Home. Funeral Mass Monday at 10 a.m. at St. Boniface Catholic Church, with Father Clayton Thompson officiating. Burial to follow at St. Boniface Catholic Cemetery. Memorial contributions may be made to Parkinson's Research Foundation, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, or charity of donor's choice. Hippensteel Funeral Home is entrusted with care. Share memories and condolences online at www.hippensteelfuneralservice.com
Hippensteel Funeral Home, Inc.
822 North Ninth Street
Lafayette, IN 47904
Published in the Journal & Courier from July 9 to July 10, 2014