Kenneth Henry Klinkel, 86, of Dalton, gently passed away at home early Saturday morning. He was preceded in death by his wife of 48 years, Joyce Helms Klinkel. His wife is Jeanne Thomas Jason Klinkel. The couple would have celebrated their sixth anniversary on Aug. 17.
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Born April 10, 1927, in Scranton, he was the son of the late Henry and Elsie Schmidt Klinkel. Ken graduated from Central High School in 1943 and entered the Army at Fort Indiantown Gap, Pa. Following military service, he graduated from Penn State and began a banking and finance career that spanned 35 years. Ken retired in 1988 as a Senior Vice President of Yeagan and Associates. Following retirement, Ken and Joyce operated the Patio Flower Shop in Green Ridge.
A devoted husband, father and friend, Ken was deeply involved in his children's lives coaching Little League teams, leading Waverly Boy Scout Troop 152, and shepherding his charges through Lutheran and Methodist catechism classes. Ken was a member of St. John's Lutheran Church in Scranton and was a past vice president of St. John's Church Council.
Ken is survived by a sister, Louise Klinkel Gardner, of Savannah, Ga.; and five children, Gretchen Klinkel Jennings and husband, Dave of Glenburn; Mark Klinkel and Linda Young of Dickson City; Kenneth B. Klinkel and wife, Doreen of West Abington Twp.; Jeffrey Helms Klinkel of Glenburn; and Richard Klinkel and wife, Cameron, of La Plume. Also surviving are three children through marriage to Jeanne, Beverly Jason Francis and husband, Corb of Dale City, Va.; Jeanne Jason Zaloga and husband, Dr. Edward Zaloga, of Moosic, Pa.; and Jeff Jason and wife, Vicki of Daleville. Surviving grandchildren include Jeffrey Klinkel of Newton; Maj. Jason Klinkel, USAF, of Alexandria, Va.; Robert Klinkel of Carbondale; Rebecca Klinkel Cook of La Plume; and Jennifer Klinkel of Charleston, S.C. Also, Nicholas Pecuch of Old Forge; Alexandra, Mia and Robert Zaloga of Moosic; Jonathon Francis of Dale City, Va.; and Galen and Molli Jason of Daleville. Great-grandchildren include Jonathon Cook, Mary Rose Cook, Kayla Cook, Kailee Klinkel and Olivia Klinkel, in addition to numerous in-laws, nephews, nieces and cousins.
The family expresses its deep appreciation for the in-home service and care provided by Hospice of the Sacred Heart. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Sacred Heart, 600 Baltimore Drive, Wilkes-Barre, PA 18702.
A memorial service will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Lawrence E. Young Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 418 S. State St., Clarks Summit, with services to be officiated by Pastor Lester Stephenson of St. Matthew's Evangelical Lutheran Church, Scranton. Friends may call Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m.
For directions or to sign the online guestbook, please visit www.law renceeyoungfuneralhome.com.
Published in Scranton Times on July 22, 2013