Gale Lee Klinetobe January 25, 1947- March 14, 2014 Gale Lee Klinetobe passed away suddenly March 14, 2014 in Fortuna at age 67. He was a resident of Fortuna for 45 years. He was born in Rapid City, South Dakota on January 25, 1947 to Gale and Agnes Klinetobe. They moved to Rio Dell, California where he was raised and attended local schools. In May 1966 he enlisted in the United States Marines Corps. He served two tours in Vietnam as an infantry man. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart, Combat Action Ribbon, Presidential Unit Citation, as well as many other prestigious medal and awards. He concluded his service in June 1969 with an honorable discharge at the rank of Corporal. Gale married Sally Spafford on June 7, 1975. They had been married 38 years at the time of his passing and had three children. Gale was a Mill Wright and Machinist for 40 years and a lifelong tinker. He was always trying to put something together or take something apart. He worked in several sawmills and machine shops in the local area. His last employer was O&M Industries before his retirement in 2011. When something he was working on was causing him some troubles, he would joke and say, "Get me my hammer, I'll fix this". Gale had many hobbies and favorite pastimes over the years. In the early 70's he raced stock cars at Redwood Acres. He and his father built the last stock car that he raced and he was so proud of it! He always tried to watch Nation Wide and NASCAR every weekend on TV. It was his favorite sport and his favorite driver was Kyle Bush. In the 80's he became interested in CB radios. His handle was "Crome Dome". He eventually became a Ham radio operator. He had a general license which allowed him to talk all over the world including with NASA on all amateur bands. He was a member of the Far West Repeater Association and was their current Secretary. In the early 90's he became interested in computers and taught himself how to build computers from the ground up using the latest technology. He was skilled with electronics and really enjoyed putting things together and learning how they worked. He loved searching the internet while listening to country music and playing his favorite race car game, "Need for Speed"! He enjoyed fishing and billiards. He played in many pool tournaments over the years. When he was younger he even tried his hand at boxing. He was a 45 year member of the American Legion, Walker Bailey Post No. 205 in Fortuna. He served as Post Commander and District Commander in the mid 80's. He was active for many years serving in various activities in the community. Gale volunteered in Fortuna with the Police Department in the Citizen Alert Band (CAB) and Redwood Amateur Radio Club (RACC). He also coached minor league baseball and was a Boy Scout Leader when his son was growing up. Family was very important to him and he loved spending time with his children and two grandsons. He looked forward to their visits and family gatherings. When the holidays came around he always prepared the turkey and made the stuffing. The family loved his stuffing and his round steak and gravy. When his kids came to visit they always wanted Dad to fix breakfast. After retirement, he and his wife would travel to the Sacramento area to spend time with the family. They both loved to relax and gamble a little together. They would stop at Casino's along the way to their destinations. Gale was a hardworking man who always gave 100% to the job. He was a fair and honest man. He wasn't much of a talker unless he had something to say. He had a beautiful smile. Sometimes when he laughed his blue eyes would twinkle. He had a good sense of humor and he liked to give others a hard time once in a while just for laughs. He could be stubborn and always had to be right. For those of you that knew him well, I would be remiss not to mention the fact that he had a short fuse. This was who he was, but it was consistent! Over the years, he encountered and befriended people from all walks of life. He had countless stories to share. He loved family so much and was so proud of his children and their accomplishments. His pride and joy were his grandsons: Andrew, and his newest grandson Nicholas who is 5 ½ months old. He loved being a grandpa and I know he will miss them dearly. Gale is survived by his wife Sally of Fortuna; son , Wade Klinetobe and his wife Alexandra, and two grandsons Andrew and Nicholas of El Dorado Hills, daughter, Tori Klinetobe of Sacramento; daughter, Starla Spencer and son-in-law , Brian of Garden Valley; brothers Gary Klinetobe of Eureka; Gregory Klinetobe and sister-in-law Vickie of McKinleyville; brother-in-law Gary Spafford and sister-in-law Lynn of Susanville; Roger Hardie and sister-in-law Sue of Copperopolis; Nephews, Richard Klinetobe and Amber of Rohnert Park; Gary Klinetobe of Carlotta; Gregory Klinetobe Jr. and Rebecca of Washington; Jeff Hardie and Roxanne of Susanville; Cory Spafford and Cathy of Tustin; Nieces, Carolyn Morton, of Hydesville; Laura Simpson and Todd of Fortuna; Lydia Klinetobe of Scotia; Kristy Davis and Johnnie of Sonora; Christopher Hines and Christina of Fortuna; Harmonie Morrison and Stephen of Alaska; Dezarae Young and Barry of Utah; and numerous great-nieces and nephews; a great-great niece, aunts, uncles and cousins. Gale was preceded by his father, Gale Klinetobe; his mother, Agnes Klinetobe, his sister, Glenda Hardie; nephews, Clyde Burt and Michael Klinetobe. Family and friends are invited to attend graveside services on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at 2:30 p.m. at Sunrise Cemetery in Fortuna with Pastor Rod Sanderson officiating. A gathering to celebrate his life will be following at The Multi-Generational Center on Newburg Road, Fortuna from 4-6 p.m. Arrangements are under the direction Goble's Fortuna Mortuary, Fortuna, Ca. Donations may be made to the donors' favorite charity. Please sign the guestbook at www.times-standard.com and click on obituaries.
GOBLE'S FORTUNA MORTUARY - Fortuna
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Published in Eureka Times-Standard on Mar. 21, 2014