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Updated: 01/05/2014 08:00:01AM

Walter Klinger

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Walter Klinger, 90, of North Port, Fla., passed away Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2013, in Manassas, Va.

He was born Oct. 29, 1922, in Klein-Eislingen, Germany.

Walter immigrated to the United States at age 6 with his sister, Hedy (who preceded him in death in May 2000), to reunite with their parents in Philadelphia, Pa., where he graduate from Olney High School in 1941, and later continued his education at Drexel University.

Employed as a tool and die estimator for 43 years at the Budd Company, during his apprenticeship, Walter enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he honorably served for two years at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. After his service, Walter met his wife of 65 years, Clare (who preceded him in death in February 2013), and lovingly raised four children — Walter, Tom, Nancy Rogers and Annette Bauerlein — while serving as assistant scout master to Troop 372, church deacon, and family camping/canoeing enthusiast.

After retiring from the Budd Company in 1987, Walter and Clare moved to North Port. He became well known for his letters to the editor while also enjoying golf, fishing and volunteering.

Walter was a treasured and devoted husband, father, grandfather of eight, and great-grandfather of four.

A memorial celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014, at the Living Waters Lutheran Church in North Port. Condolences may be sent to

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