Richard E. Kling

Richard E. Kling

Richard passed away peacefully with his family by his side, Friday, April 15, 2016 in Kalamazoo.

He was born December 19, 1935 in Otsego the son of Charles and Ida (Herbst) Kling. Richard was a member of Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Otsego. He enjoyed spending time with, Justin and Karrie and his family most of all. In his spare time Richard liked doing yard work, gardening and fishing. He was a lifelong resident of the area and was employed with Parker Hannifin, Otsego for 41 years. On August 7, 1965 he married Ann White who survives.

Also surviving are grandson, Justin (Karrie) Kling of Kalamazoo; daughter-in-law Tammy Kling (Hal) of Kewaskum, WI; sister, Irene Haas of Otsego; sister-in-law, Shirley Kling of Plainwell along with many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his son, Thomas Kling, his parents and siblings, Esther (Bill) Peterson, Minnie (Norman) Pike, Carl (Irma) Kling, Alice (Clare) Drake, Caroline Kling, Ray (Wanda) Kling, Ed (Glenda) Kling, Lenard (Pat) Kling and Don Kling.

Friends may visit with Richard’s family from 4-7 P.M. Monday, April 18, 2016 at the Winkel Funeral Home, Otsego.

A memorial service will take place Tuesday, April 19, 2016 at 11:00 Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Otsego with Pastor Andrew Martens officiating.

Burial will follow at Green Bower Cemetery in Alamo Township.

Contributions in memory of Richard may be made to Peace Evangelical Lutheran Church.

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  1. Tim and Madeline Herrell says:

    Our condolences and prayers go out to Mrs A. Kling, family and friends. The good lord called home a great man in Mr. Kling. Mr. Kling and Tom Kling are looking down on the family and friends rejoicing. Until we all meet again on the other side RIP.

  2. Don & Sherry Hurlbut says:

    Ann, we were saddened to learn of Dick’s passing. We have many wonderful memories of you as neighbors and the time we spent together. Dick was a good buddy to Don. Unfortunately, moving to Indiana created the inconvenience of not being able to see both of you much. It doesn’t mean we didn’t think of you often, as we talked many times about you both when we would be reminiscing of our great times. May your many wonderful memories with Dick help you through this difficult time. Sending our thoughts, prayers and hugs to you!

  3. Natalie Thiel says:

    Ann, we are so sorry to hear about the passing of Dick. He always had a special place in our hearts. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers during this difficult time. It is certainly a blessing to know that he is rejoicing with his savior. Hugs to you!

  4. Tony and Deb (Hurlbut) Lower says:

    Ann, I we are so sorry to hear about Dick. I have fond memories of you two as I grew up down the street. Please know we are sending prayers, hugs and thinking of you through this difficult time!

  5. Larry & Kathi Fuss says:

    SO very sorry to hear of Dick’s passing, Ann!! Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family!! May your many memories help through the rough times ahead!!

  6. Jason Thiel says:

    Ann & family, I want you to know that you are in my heart and in my prayers at this time. I smile when I think of the great conversations I had with Dick… the thoughtful talks in my office, the lighthearted fun we had around church, and, of course, going out for burgers with him and Pastor Olson. I treasure all of it. But most of all today I’m thankful for the time we shared in God’s Word together. Together we were built up with the forgiveness of Jesus’ cross and the life of Jesus’ empty tomb. Because of those facts we can be confident that Dick is the one smiling the biggest, because he is with his Savior! May that message give you comfort, joy and hope!

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