Everett E. "Sonny" Klingensmith, 78, of Murrysville, died peacefully Thursday, July 21, 2016, surrounded and comforted by his loving family. He was born Nov. 27, 1937, a son of the late Clarence and Florence Klingensmith, of Export. Sonny was an Army veteran, having served in Korea at the DMZ Zone with the 707 Ordinance, Infantry. He was employed by Alltel Phone Co. for 41 years, before his retirement as an inspector supervisor. He also did auto bodywork and auto painting for more than 10 years. He enjoyed working with his hands, helping his children with mechanical work, woodwork and many home repairs. His pride and joy was his 1948 Chevy that he restored. He also loved traveling with Helen to all 50 states and abroad. He was a lifetime member of the Emmanuel Reformed Church of the UCC of Export. He was a life member of the Independent Telephone Pioneer Association, Chapter No. 1607, and a member of The American Legion Post 0945. He was preceded in death by his parents; his four brothers, Dean, of Blairsville, Clarence, of Claridge, Mike, of Jeannette, and Warren, of New Alexandria; and an infant child. He is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Helen (Ruzbarsky) Klingensmith; his son, Rick, of Orefield, Pa.; daughter, Denise and Richard Perfetta, of Butler; and son, Kenneth and Laura, of Stilwell, Kan. In addition, he is survived by six grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Lauren, of Schnecksville, Pa., Richard Perfetta, of St. Louis, Mo., Cory Perfetta, of Cincinnati, Ohio, and Jared and Kendall, of Stilwell, Kan. He is also survived by his sisters, Dorothy Boyd, of Murrysville, and Evelyn Marsiglio, of Philadelphia, N.Y.; and many nieces and nephews.
Friends will be received from 2 to 4:30 and 6 to 8:30 p.m. Monday, July 25, at WOLFE VON GEIS FUNERAL HOME, Export. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 26, at Emmanuel Reformed Church of the UCC, Hills Church Road, Export, with Pastor Joseph Hedden officiating. (Everyone please meet at the church). Interment will immediately follow the funeral service at the Twin Valley Memorial Park, Delmont, with military honors accorded by the Greensburg VFW Post No. 33 Honor Guard.
Family requests, in lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the church. www.wolfe-vongeis.com
Published by Tribune Review from Jul. 23 to Jul. 25, 2016.