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Joel Francis Klinger
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Memorial services for Joel Francis Klinger, 63, of Cleveland, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at the chapel of McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home with the Rev. Ralph Adkinson officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Saturday prior to the service at the funeral home.

Mr. Klinger died Oct. 2, 2013, at his residence from complications of cancer.

Born Aug. 31, 1950, in Berlin, Wisc., he was the son of Joyce Marie Klinger of Wautoma, Wisc., and the late Francis Lawrence Klinger. In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Jerome Klinger; and a daughter-in-law, Barbara Klinger.

He grew up in Wautoma, Wisc., graduating from Wautoma High School and The University of Wisconsin – Platteville. He joined the U.S. Naval Reserve, retiring after 22 years with the rank of lieutenant commander. He worked for IBM for 13 years, performing mainframe field service. He also worked in shipboard electronic maintenance, industrial maintenance management and most recently in Technical Support for AutomationDirect.com. His interests included gardening, amateur radio, restoring antique vehicles, guns and electronic equipment.

In addition to his mother, he is also survived by his wife, Theda Campbell Klinger; son, Stephen Klinger; daughters, Joy (Nick) Clark, Hope (Terry) Sorge, and Lori (Curtis) Manis; stepdaughters, Melanie Padgett and Melissa (Vaughn) Bauman; eight grandchildren, Amber Padgett, Christine Klinger, Dayrian, Kennedi, Bryan, Nicole, Irie and Isla; one great-grandson, Lucien Celis; brothers, Kirby (Diane) Klinger, Kevin Klinger and Damon (Donna) Klinger.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Appalachian Trail Association, the American Radio Relay League (Silent Keys), the NRA or the Boy Scouts, or the USS Wainwright Memorial Fund. Please mail all donations to P.O. Box 2454, Cleveland, GA 30528.

McGahee-Griffin & Stewart Funeral Home, Cornelia.

The Northeast Georgian

Friday, October 11, 2013