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Major G. Klinker

Major G. Klinker, 93, of Payne,  passed away Monday, Sept. 2, 2019 at Saint Anne Home, Fort Wayne.

Major was born in Edgerton, IN on June 20, 1926, a son of the late Esther (Downs) & Harry Klinker.

He proudly served in the U.S. Navy in WW II. Recently, he was able to be on an Honor Flight with his fellow comrades. He was proud of coaching junior high basketball at St John's School for 10 years.  He worked for 15 years at Skinner and Broadbent after retiring from Navistar with 42 years of service. 

Major will be sadly missed by his children, Nicholas (Belinda), Rebecca Willis, Kenneth (Joy),  David (Janet), Coleen (Greg) Kelly, Andrew (Denise), Matthew (Elizabeth),  Annette (Kenneth) Schwartz, Peter (Amy) & Benjamin (Shelly); 28 grandchildren & 33 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Pauline (Mourey), whom he married on June 7, 1949, grandson, Zachary; sister, Halice Grabner & brothers, Darrell & Roger.

Viewing is Friday, 5 - 7:30 pm with the rosary recited at 7:30 pm at Dooley Funeral Home, 5761 SR 500, Payne. Viewing is also Saturday, 9 - 9:30 am at the funeral home.

His Funeral Mass is Saturday, 10 AM, at Divine Mercy Catholic Church, 203 W. Townline, Payne.

He will be laid to rest at St John the Baptist Catholic Cemetery, with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, please make a donation to Divine Mercy Catholic School, 417 N. Main St., Paulding OH 45879.

Fond memories may be shared at dooleyfuneralhome.com

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Klinker family, so sorry to hear of your fathers passing. I always enjoyed visiting with Major. He was a great man!

Chad Benschneider Sep 8 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Major Klinker

fr john stites Sep 6 2019 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathy to all of Uncle Majors family and friends. We always enjoyed talking with him and will remember his great smile and sense of humor. May all of your special memories give you comfort. Keeping you in our thoughts and prayers.

Randy and Angie Sommer family Sep 6 2019 12:00 AM

Our deepest sympathies to the Klinker family and friends. Major was such a joyful, mindful, and polite man. It was our pleasure to serve Major. He is terribly missed. Rest in peace Major.
RLU Dining Servies Staff

RLU Dining Services Staff Saint Annes Retirement Community Sep 5 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Major Klinker

Carol Brady Sep 5 2019 12:00 AM

A RAY OF SUNSHINE was sent on September 5, 2019

Grandpa- You were such a good man. You taught me lessons, gave me guidance, inspired me to love and respect the world and those around me. I will miss you, Rest In Peace. Love: Patrick & Ashley Willis (and Katie Dog)

Expression of Sympathy Sep 5 2019 12:00 AM

A candle was lit in memory of Major Klinker

Carla (Coonrod) Trabert Sep 5 2019 12:00 AM

A MONET'S GARDEN BASKET was ordered on September 4, 2019

Expression of Sympathy Sep 4 2019 12:00 AM

A BASKET GARDEN was sent on September 4, 2019

With deepest sympathy. Kiewit - Power Delivery Department

Expression of Sympathy Sep 4 2019 12:00 AM

Enjoyed playing for coach Klinker, the lessons he taught have been invaluable to me and I'm sure to many others. Rest in peace.

David Lopshire Sep 4 2019 12:00 AM

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