Robert M. "Whitey" Klinger

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Robert M. "Whitey" Klinger, 92, of Valley View, passed away Tuesday at Schuylkill Center, Pottsville.

He was born Sunday, June 14, 1925, in Spring Glen, a son of the late Frank A. Klinger and Ellen S. Lettich Klinger.

He was a 1943 graduate of the former Hubley Township High School. Whitey served his country in the Army Infantry Division in World War II from 1943-45. He began active combat duty in the Italian campaign and was awarded the Commendation for Meritorious Service and the Purple Heart Medal.

Following his service to his country, Whitey was employed at the former Pine Creek Coal Co. and then by the federal government at Fort Indiantown Gap until his retirement in 1985.

He was a member of Pine Creek United Methodist Church, Spring Glen.

Whitey was also a member, former treasurer and cemetery board member at the former St. Mark's United Methodist Church, Spring Glen, a member of Larry's Creek Fish and Game of Lycoming County, F&AM Valley Lodge 797, Valley View, Harrisburg Consistory, Rajah Shrine of Reading, Tall Cedars of Lebanon Pottsville Forest, Chapter of Ashland, Council & Commandery of Pottsville, American Legion Post 575 Valley View, VFW Post 8237 Valley View, a past Commander of the DAV of Valley View, and a member of the Order of Purple Heart. Whitey enjoyed hunting and spending time at his camp.

His wife of 69 years, Jean E. Gable Klinger, passed away in 2016. He was also preceded in death by his parents; a son, Ronald M. Klinger; three brothers, Clair Klinger, Harold Klinger and Marvin Klinger; seven sisters, Sadie Scheib, Nettie Henry, Maude Coleman, Eva Artz, Faye Osman, Lillian Dressler and Erma Klinger.

He is survived by a daughter, Sherryn L. Minich and her husband, Robert, Allentown; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Buffington-Reed Funeral Home, Valley View, with the Rev. W. Keith Rockwell officiating. A viewing will be held from 10 to 11 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Masonic services will be held at 9:45 a.m. Friday at the funeral home. Burial will be made in St. Mark's Cemetery, Spring Glen. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to Pine Creek United Methodist Church, c/o Norman Lettich, 428 Fearnot Road, Sacramento, PA 17968. Condolences can be left for the family at

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Published in Republican & Herald on Nov. 29, 2017
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