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Fred J. Klinger

1880 - 1962

Pioneer in City Auto Dealerships Dies at Portage

 

The funeral of Fred J. Klinger, 82, pioneer Watertown automobile dealer, will take place Monday at 9 a.m. from the Boyle Funeral Home, followed by a requiem High Mass at St. Bernardís Catholic Church at 9:30 a.m. The Rev. Vincent Thilman, C.S.C., will officiate and interment will be in Oak Hill Cemetery.

 

Friends may pay their respects at the funeral home after 3 p.m. Sunday. The rosary will be at 8 p.m.

 

Mr. Klinger who had been living in Portage since leaving Watertown a few years ago died Thursday night, at his home there, 617 East Edgewater Street.

 

He was a member of the Plattdeutscher Verein in Watertown and was also a charter member of the Elks lodge here and the Watertown Country Club. He operated the first Ford agency in Watertown and later was for many years identified with Klinger-Buick.

 

Married Twice

 

His first wife was Marie Giese. They were married in 1901. She passed away in 1947. Later he married Christina Weber. She survives.

 

Other survivors are four daughters, Mrs. Edward J. King, Mrs. Carl Raue, Sr. and Mrs. Norman Becker, Watertown; Mrs. Delbert Keltner, Mukwonago; a son, Wallace, Watertown; a stepson, John Cavanaugh, Portage; one sister, Mrs. George Reinhard, one brother, Anton Klinger, both of Watertown. A number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren, also survive.

 

Mr. Klinger was a member of St. Maryís Catholic Church at Portage.

 

During his many years in business here Mr. Klinger was a public spirited and community-minded citizen. He was active in bowling and sponsored national bowling entries through Klinger-Buick.

 

A quiet, soft spoken man, Mr. Klinger was interested in people and made many friends.

 

 

 

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