Joshua P. Klinger

Joshua P. Klinger
PFC Joshua P. Klinger, 21, of Williams Township, was killed in action on Tuesday, June 14, 2005, by an improvised explosive device in Fallujah, Iraq, where he was stationed with the Marine Corps, 1st Battalion, 6th Marine Regiment, Bravo Company. Born August 6, 1983, in Wilson, he was a son of Philip H. and Sharon (Baker) Klinger of Williams Township. He was awarded a Purple Heart medal, Combat Action Ribbon, Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal, Global War on Terrorism Service Medal, Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He wore his uniform with dignity, proudly serving his country. Josh touched the hearts and lives of many. He will always be remembered as a hero. He graduated from Wilson High School, class of 2002, where he had been a member of the jazz band and track team, and had played the keyboard for a school play. He had attended International Computer Science Institute, Allentown. Prior to enlisting in the Marine Corps, he had been employed by Giant and Dun & Bradstreet. He loved animals, and enjoyed hunting and cars. He composed music, was professionally trained as a pianist and was a self-taught guitar player. He was a member of St. Johns Lutheran Church, Williams Township. Survivors: Parents; sister, Alison R., and brother, Seth D., both at home; paternal grandmother, Ruth Klinger of Milford, N.J.; aunts, uncles and cousins. His paternal grandfather, Rev. Woodrow Klinger, and maternal grandparents, C. Edward and Geraldine Baker, all died earlier. Services: 1 p.m. Thursday, St. Jane Frances de Chantal Catholic Church, 4049 Hartley Ave., Palmer Township. Call 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. Wednesday in the church. Burial will be in St. Johns Union Cemetery. The Strunk Funeral Home Inc., Wilson, is in charge of arrangements. Contributions: In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be made to the Joshua Klinger Memorial Fund, 675 Berger Rd., Easton 18042.

Published in Morning Call on June 19, 2005