David MacNab Klinger

David MacNab Klinger

Aurora - David MacNab Klinger passed away in Aurora Ohio from natural causes on Tuesday November 24, 2020.

He was born in Cleveland, OH on June 8, 1929 to Kenneth "Bill" Peffley Klinger and Marion MacNab Klinger, both late of Newport News, Va. He was the older brother of Peter W. Klinger, late of Washington D.C.

Dave is survived by his 3 sons, the Rev. Dr. Willard and Donna Pierce of Saint Louis Mo, Mark and Judy Klinger of Boise ID, and Bryan Klinger and Nora Prendergast of Aurora, OH. He was Grandfather to 5.

Dave grew up in Aurora, Ohio until his Father, an illustrator at the Cleveland Plain Dealer, was called up for active service in WWII. After the war, the family was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany. Dave was in the first graduating class from the Frankfurt American High School in July 1947. Fifty years later, he founded the school's Dackel Association which was made up of the members of the classes of 1947-55 and would meet for annual reunions.

Dave was proud to be among the 4% of Boy Scouts to achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. He continued with the Boy Scouts in a lifelong leadership role.

Dave graduated from the College of William & Mary in 1951 with a B.A. in government. Having served in ROTC throughout his time at college, upon graduating, he was commissioned a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army. A year later, he fought in the Korean war on the front lines as a forward observer for his field artillery battalion.

In December 1955, Dave married Jan Trout Pierce. They raised three sons together at numerous posts across the U.S and overseas - including Iceland and 2 – three-year tours in Germany.

Throughout his career, Dave served in many capacities including Commander of a Mule Pack Artillery Battery in Colorado, the 11th Airborne Division, the 2nd Battalion Combat team in Iceland, ROTC instructor at Xavier University in Cincinnati, Secretary of the General Staff Berlin Brigade, Action Officer for the Deputy Chief of Staff for Personnel at the Pentagon.

In 1969, Dave served in Vietnam during which he was the 4th Infantry Division and Battle Commander, 5thBattalion as well as the 16th Artillery Battalion Commander of an artillery outpost in the central highlands.

Over the years, Dave rose through the ranks, ultimately becoming a full colonel taking over command of 172nd Infantry Brigade, Post Commander and Commander of Special Troops at Fort Richardson Alaska.

In 1979, at the end of his Alaskan tour, Dave retired from the Army and settled in Leavenworth, Washington. Shortly afterwards, he divorced Jan and began his 35-year partnership with Ann Hoyt.

Dave had a lifelong love for the outdoors. He enthusiastically participated in caving, sailing, canoeing, sea kayaking, running, biking, cross country skiing, snow shoeing, and most of all backpacking. He hiked to the top of Mt Fuji, Japan, the Alaska Brooks Range, the Cascade Mountains, many parts of the Appalachian trail, as well as the forests and mountains of Europe. No calling hours or services. Arrangements are by the Green Family Funeral Home & Crematory Service in Mantua where condolences and memories may be viewed at www.greenfamilyfuneralhome.com.

Posted online on December 02, 2020