John Edward Klink, 92, died April 8, 2013, at his home. He was born in Syracuse, N.Y., and lived on the Treasure Coast area for 20 years, coming from Camillus, N.Y. He retired as a Lt. Colonel for the Air Force, as well as from the New York State Employment Agency. He served in World War II as a pilot with the 20th Fighter Group stationed at Kings Cliff, Northamptonshire, England. He flew the P-38 Lightning. His squadron was one of the first in England to fly the P-51 Mustang. He was a member of the Caterpillar Club. He was the New York State Golf Association Senior Men's Champion in 1985. He was a member of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Stuart. Survivors include his son, James E. Klink of Honolulu, Hawaii; daughter, Jacqueline Colucci of Palm City and Jill Gradishar of Houston, Texas; brother, James Klink of Syracuse, N.Y.; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great- grandchildren. He was preceded by his wife, Susan. Memorial Contributions may be made to St. Andrew Catholic Church, 2100 S.E. Cove Road, Stuart, FL 34997; Treasure Coast Hospice, 1201 S.E. Indian St., Stuart, FL 34997. Services: A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. April 11 at St. Andrew Catholic Church with interment to follow at South Florida National Cemetery in Lake Worth. Arrangements are by Aycock Funeral Home in Stuart. Arrangements are by www.aycockfuneralhome.net.
Published in the TC Palm on Apr. 10, 2013