Dewitt Obits

Henry 'Hank' Klinger

Henry E. “Hank” Klinger passed from his mortal home to his eternal home Wednesday (Dec. 12, 2018) at Lakeview Memory Care, Bloomingdale.


He was born on July 16, 1941, in Detroit, Mich., the son of Walter O. and Elizabeth L. “Betty” Klinger. His cherished memories include growing up in Huntington Woods, Mich., and the family moving to Clinton during his junior year in high school. Hank was a graduate of Clinton Community High School, Class of 1959, where he met his sweetheart Saundra Kay Rolofson and later married her on Nov. 27, 1963.


He attended Eastern Illinois University, then started his career in the laboratory with Revere Copper and Brass in Clinton, up until the time he joined the Army. He was drafted in the Army as a helicopter maintenance instructor for two years and then was honorably discharged in January 1972. Soon after the discharge from the Army, he resumed his career with Revere Copper and Brass as a purchasing agent for several months before the family moved to Bartlett, where they currently reside.


Hank's career in the suburbs of Chicago included working in the steel industry as a purchasing agent for Precision Steel Warehouse in Franklin Park, and later becoming vice president/general manager for Fox Valley Steel and Hico Corp. in Elgin. Hank retired in 2006, and since then enjoyed spending time with family, golfing, fishing and hunting.


Survivors include his daughter, Amy (Jay) Langfelder, and granddaughter, Mya Langfelder, Bartlett; brother, John (Laurie) Klinger, Beaver Dam, Wis.; nephews, Tim (Lynn) Klinger, Prospect Heights, and Randy (Kathy) Klinger, Bloomington, Minn.; along with great-nephews, Alex, Melbourne, Fla., and Tyvan, Bloomington, Minn.


Hank was preceded in death by his parents, Betty and Walter Klinger, and his wife, Saundra Klinger.

He was a former member of Kiwanis and the Bartlett Men's Golf League. While residing in Clinton he was a member of the Jaycees.


Friends and family may call from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Sunday at Countryside Funeral Home and Crematory, 950 S Bartlett Road, Bartlett, with a memorial service at 7:30 p.m. Pastor Jarvis will officiate.


Local visitation will be from noon to 1 p.m. Monday at First Baptist Church, 111 Illini Drive, Clinton, with a funeral at 1 p.m. Pastor Roberson will officiate. Burial will be at Mausoleum Park Cemetery, Clinton, with military honors.


In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to USO.


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