SCOTTSDALE - Donald R. Klingler, 76, died Oct. 19, 2008, at Hospice of the Valley in Scottsdale, Ariz. The son of Katherine Johnson and Clifford Marette Klingler, he was born in Limon, Colo., on April 10, 1932.
He graduated from Boulder High School in Boulder, Colo., in June 1950. Shortly thereafter he joined the U.S. Air Force. While in the air force he met and married Carolyn Thayer, who was also in the air force. He served four years, one of which was in Seoul, Korea where he crewed a jet fighter.
Upon his discharge from the service he worked for Boeing. Later he worked for the Puyallup School bus garage eventually becoming head mechanic.
Mr. and Mrs. Klingler also drove for Mayflower Moving and Storage for three years before moving to Ocean Park.
He drove a bus for the Peninsula bus line when it first started and later on managed the Ocean Park Liquor Agency. He and his wife opened the agency in December 1980 and worked there until he retired in December 1995. Prior to the opening of the Ocean Park agency, purchases had to be made in Long Beach or Ilwaco.
Mr. Klingler loved camping, motorcycle riding, fishing and visiting his many friends. He will be very much missed, as he was loved by all.
Survivors include his wife of 56 years, Lyn; two sons, Mark of Montana and Jon of Bellevue; his brother, Gene Klingler of Long Beach; six sisters in the Sumner-Tacoma area; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. His parents and a brother, Philip, who died in an automobile accident at age 30, preceded him in death.