Paul E. Klinger Sr., 92, of Longwood, Fla., died Monday (Aug, 27, 2012). He was born in Watertown, Ohio on Dec. 14, 1919, and served in the U.S. Army, 8th Infantry Division, in the European Theater during WWII.
He married Regina C. Huck in 1943. He lived and farmed in the Muskingum Valley. In 1960 he moved his family from Stockport, Ohio to what was then rural Maitland, Fla., where he, along with his wife Regina, owned and operated Garden Arts Nursery on West Lake Brantley Road, Fla. Never fully retiring, Mr. Klinger continued to work in the nursery business which evolved into Brantley Nurseries. Mr. Klinger was known as an honest hardworking man who did business with a handshake and trusted others to do the same.
He enjoyed spending time at New Smyrna Beach, Fla., whether fishing, taking long walks, or talking with friends under the palms. Being a true patriot, he never shirked his duty, even voting while serving his country in Europe. He continued his strong interest in politics through the day he died. He loved to play cards, and enjoyed evenings with family members playing Euchre. True to his farming background, he followed weather patterns and rainfall, checking in with his children on how much rain was in the rain gauge. In his late 80s, he began monitoring 25 bluebird boxes that were erected on his land in Sumter County. Most of all, he enjoyed and delighted in the company of his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mr. Klinger was preceded in death by his wife, Regina, a daughter, Jane and a grandson, Troy. He is survived by two brothers, five sons and three daughters, 15 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and numerous relatives and dear friends.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday (Sept. 3) from 5 to 8 p.m. at Baldwin-Fairchild West Altamonte Chapel, Altamonte Springs, Fla. A Mass of Christian burial will be at 10:30 a.m., Tuesday (Sept 4) at Annunciation Catholic Church, Altamonte Springs, Fla. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Mr. Klinger s honor to The American Cancer Society .